Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Austen in August?

      I have joined Austen in August! This month, I will be reading as many Jane Austen books as possible. Biographies, Audiobooks, Juvenilia, , and contemporary versions or sequels also count.
      I will be trying to post many Jane Austen related things as well as reviews of the books. I have found seven books on my shelves that I can read for this event, though I doubt I can finish them all. If you want to sign up for this event you can, even though it is a bit late, here is the link to the event's host: austen-in-august-2013-sign-up-post
     Here we go!


Monday, July 29, 2013

Hardcovers Vs Paperbacks...

       I was reading a new hardcover book today, and the book jacket was bothering me.
      I decided to blog about my opinions about Paperbacks Vs Hardbacks. Whether I want a book in hardback or paperback really defers with the width of said book. I usually like hardcovers better, but I don't like the book jackets. I always take them off when I'm reading the book. The jackets also can get damaged easily, torn or wet. Paperbacks can also have their covers damaged easily which is, in my opinion, worse. If a paperback's cover tears off, there is nothing left protecting the pages inside.
      Hardbacks are much more durable than paperbacks, but they are heavier. Paperbacks are much better for transportation, since they weigh a significant amount less than a book with a hard cover. You can also bend these in half when your reading, so you can only see one page, if that's something you like to do with books.
      I love hard covers for books 200 pages or over. Paperbacks are my preferred form for novellas. If I want to bring books along with me on vacation, I'll use my Kindle. However, my ultimate favorite is when you can find a hardcover book without a book jacket. One with the image imprinted on the cover. It won't get damaged as easily as a paperback or a jacket. Plus, I love the way the cover feels when I rub my hand over it.
     What is your preference? I'd love to know!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Mini Book Review: Cinderella is Evil ~ Jamie Campbell

Cinderella is Evil Rating: 5 Stars

From Goodreads:
      History is told from one person’s perspective. Sometimes they don’t get it right.
      Ugly Stepsister Anna has wrongly been accused of being mean and evil. Now it is time she got the opportunity to tell her side of the story.
      With Cinderella so perfect and wonderful, it is no wonder Anna feels ugly in comparison. Dealing with bullies, a grumpy mother and the death of her step-father, Anna is at her wits end.
      When the Prince’s ball approaches, Anna is told she must find a husband to save the family fortune. Attending with her sisters, the sulky Prince Charming only has eyes for Cinderella.
      With the burden of being the only one to unite her step-sister with the Prince, will Anna act as cupid? Or will she protect Cinderella from the arrogant Charming?
      A charming twist to the story of Cinderella, told completely from the point of view of the Ugly Step-Sister.

My Review:
      I found this free on the kindle. The title doesn't match the sweet story inside the cover. I usually wouldn't have looked at something called Cinderella is Evil, but since this is a retelling of a fairytale, I went ahead and looked at it.
      This is a short story told from the point of view of one a Cinderella's stepsisters. In this version of the story, they are trying to be kind to Cinderella, but she is determined that they are wicked. Her stepsister, Anna, struggles to decide whether Prince Charming is good enough to wed Cinderella.
      In this fairytale, everybody gets their happy ending and lives Happily Ever After.

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