Jane Austen – The Beautifull Cassandra

I’ve had this book on my shelf for quite a long time, but since I’m so close to the end of the year and not quite at my reading target for the year, it was time to finally read it – at only 55 pages I thought it would be perfect for catching up. Unfortunately, even though it was Jane Austen who is by far my favourite author, I didn’t really find it that brilliant, I’m sorry to say. It’s a set of short...

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George Orwell – 1984

I first read this book when I was 14 and I had a little crush on the local librarian, and when he recommended it I binged it in one weekend. But I was only 14 and completely clueless about politics and such, so although I thought it was a great book, I don’t think I completely got it. So when one of my colleagues told me he was reading it, I had to pick it up and read it again so we could talk about it after.  And...

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Anne Brontë – Agnes Grey

I realised recently that I have never read anything by Anne Brontë, and I decided that I had to remedy that situation. She seems to be the most overlooked of the Brontë sisters, hidden away behind her sister’s bigger novels; Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. But I’m not entirely sure why, as I found this book utterly delightful. You can tell more from this book than from Charlotte or Emily that the Brontë’s were daughters of...

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Gaston Leroux – Phantom of the Opera

I’ve been meaning to get round to reading this for absolutely ages, I think I downloaded it when I first got the Kindle app for my phone, but it has just never jumped to the top of the list. But I figured it was about time, especially with it coming with a free audio version with my Kindle Unlimited subscription. I’ve never seen either the film version or the stage version (shocking, I know) so I was coming in completely blind to the story...

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Thomas Hardy – Far From The Madding Crowd

I decided to read this book mainly because I saw that the film was starting to be advertised in the cinema and I wanted to try and read it before I saw it. The book had been on my Kindle for probably about 2 years and I’d just never got around to it before. And although I did start reading it before the film came out, it was very slow going to start with and I ended up going to see the film about half way through, so that I didn’t...

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Jane Austen – Persuasion

I’ve read this book once before a fair few years ago, but since my re-read of Pride and Prejudice, I couldnt resist moving straight on to this. I loved it the first time round (how can you not like Austen?), but since the audio version was free on Kindle, I thought it would make a great commuting book. I won’t get too much into the plot of the book since I’ve already reviewed this before, but I do love Anne Elliot. The strength...

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Hans Christian Andersen – The Tinder Box

When I saw that for Penguin’s 80th birthday they were releasing 80 books for 80p each, it was all I could do to restrain myself and not immediately buy all of them! I chose this one as I remembered reading Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales when I was younger and I thought it would be a nice nostalgia trip. The only story in the book that I recognised was The Princess and the Pea, which was significantly shorter than I remembered, at only...

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Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice

I think it’s no secret that I love love love this book, and as I’ve read it many times before, I won’t be reviewing the actual book. It’s a work of genius and we all know it, I’ve read it so many times that I find myself anticipating the words that are coming. Rather than reading it again this time, I have been listening to the audio version in my car on the way to and from work. I didn’t know how I’d...

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Lewis Carroll – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Yet again, I forgot to bring Harry Potter to work with me. But it did mean that I have now had the opportunity to re-read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I remember reading it many times when I was younger, I had a very small hardback book with a pink cover on, which I think must have had an abridged version of the story, and I loved to read it. Reading it again, I’m not so convinced. I think the sheer bonkersness of the story is...

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