Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners–one of the most popular novels of all time–that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.

Sourced from goodreads

 

My review:

When I read Pride and Prejudice, I’d already seen the BBC film version, so I had a pretty good idea of what I was about to read.

I normally prefer to read the book before watching the movie, but this time it didn’t work out that way. I didn’t mind, though. As I read it, I realized that everything I’d loved from watching the BBC version was simply brought to life from Jane Austin’s novel. It was all her hard, creative work recreated which I’d enjoyed so much onscreen.

I found the characters the strongest point in this novel. Their personalities were very distinct and I found it easy to pick characters I liked and disliked as soon as they were introduced. Plus, since it’s satire, it’s purposely making mockery of different personalities, which is a form of humor I quite appreciate. 🙂

Since it was written a long time ago, a lot of the words and context can be difficult to understand. I, actually unknowingly, happened to read The Annotated Pride and Prejudice. It was so helpful. There would be one page of the original novel, and a symmetrical page of annotations.

1) Did this book inspire me?

I don’t think this book was designed to be an inspirational novel. I think the reason I read it was because historical fiction really fascinates me (Plus, I really want to read more classics!). Normally, when I read a historical fiction novel, I’ll be inspired to write my own book set in the same era, but this book didn’t do that for me. I’d prefer not to write a book set in this time period, but that doesn’t stop me from immensely enjoying it all the same!

2) Was this book humorous?

Oh yeah! 😀 The thing that was so hilarious to me about this book was the characters! Oh my! They were so funny. Mrs. Bennet had a funny personality – always worrying about her nerves and insistent upon her daughters marrying wealthy. Lydia Bennet’s frivolous attitude was also quite funny. But my favourite, by far, had to be Mr. Collins! A lot of people are disgusted by him and look at me funny when I say he’s my favourite character, but I think he’s one of the funniest contributions to the story. 😝

3) Did this book make me cry?

No.

4) Would I reread this book?

Possibly, but I’m in no hurry to as it’s a huge read!

5) Would I recommend this book to a friend?

Yes! 😀

 

My Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Have you read the book? What did you think of it? Have you seen any of the movie adaptions?

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Spam Comments #1

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So, after over three years of blogging, I can’t believe that I never noticed the spam comments section! It wasn’t until I read Bayance’s hilarious series that this was brought to light for me. Let me tell you, it has been so funny to read through them all! 😄 So I’m going to have a go at sharing some of my favourites with you. Go check out Bayance’s posts; they are hilarious!

 

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Would you like me to do another post like this in the future? If you have a blog, have you discovered your spam comments?

Priceless

Desperately in need of money and in hopes of regaining custody of his daughter, James (Joel Smallbone) embarks on a cross-country delivery for cash — no questions asked. When he discovers that he is delivering two young women, the questions in his mind begin haunting him mercilessly. When James finds himself falling for one of the women, he becomes an unlikely hero and must fight to save the innocence and lives of both of the ladies.

Sourced from Google

 

My review:

Since For King & Country are one of my favourite bands, Priceless has been on my to-watch list for a while now. In case you don’t know, Joel and Luke Smallbone (the two singers who comprise that band) along with their brother and father set out to make this film. It was during production that they were inspired to write a song which is how their song Priceless originated.

This movie is centered around the theme that women are priceless and should be respected, as well as raising awareness for human trafficking. When I write that out, I know that goes without saying, but just because most people are against these things, doesn’t mean that it’s not still happening. Sometimes the seemingly most obvious things can go on under our noses. 👃

Regardless, I admire what they intended to do by making this movie. I enjoyed it and thought that the drama and suspense was executed well.

My biggest problem with this film is that the characters seemed to lack development and motivations. I have two examples of this which I will discuss as best I can in a spoiler-free way. At one point, a character went through a traumatic ordeal. Now, I’m glad that they didn’t shy away from it because it made it that much more realistic, however for the rest of the movie, there didn’t seem to be any consequences of that. That character was not shown struggling with it and I just felt that the impact of it was brushed over. Another character made a huge decision which is fine in itself, but there was no context or reasoning given for what made that character decide that. I think much work went into the story and the message they portrayed that they really neglected their characters.

1) Did this movie inspire me?

Yes. This movie is intended to inspire and provoke thought among viewers. It did succeed doing that for me. 💙

2) Was this movie humorous?

From memory there were a few moments that might make you chuckle, but it wasn’t a comedy.

3) Did this movie make me cry?

Yes.

4) Would I watch this movie again?

I don’t plan to.

5) Would I recommend this movie to a friend?

If you’re a fan of For KING & COUNTRY, I definitely think it’s worth a watch. 😊

 

My rating: 3 out of 5

 

Have you seen this movie? Have you heard their song ‘Priceless’?

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins

My name is Katniss Everdeen.
Why am I not dead?
I should be dead.

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans—except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay–no matter what the personal cost.

sourced from Goodreads

 

~ My review ~

After giving the first two books of ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy a solid five stars, the bar was set high for this book from the start.

This book feels a little different to the previous two and understandably so. Whilst there is still a sense of impending peril, this time it’s different. In some ways Katniss has more freedom, yet in other ways her actions are more restricted. This time the story takes place in a completely different place so the dynamics and way of life are different this time.

I felt that the scene change was interesting, though it did take me longer to get invested in this book than it did for the first two. Eventually this new “home away from home” where Katniss is staying felt very tedious and she felt quite restless. I felt the same way  at times. Although the second half was a lot more eventful and did not disappoint.

I was pretty excited to finish this series for a couple of reasons. Firstly, my brother had just seen the movies so I wanted to discuss with him what he thought of it all and what was different in the movies than the books. Also, I was excited myself to see how the movies translated from book, but I wanted to wait until I’d read all the books first. But my biggest reason was simply to have all my questions answered at last, see how on earth the story could resolve the mess it was in and to find out once and for all if Katniss would choose Gale or Peeta—or neither of them! I wasn’t as surprised as I’d been expecting to be when I found out the answer to this as there were subtle hints throughout the book.

All in all, I am very happy with the ending, although it’s certainly a lot to take in. While some things were hinted at throughout the book, other things I never saw coming! It’s the kind of ending that had me thinking for days.

Even though ‘Mockingjay’ is my least favourite book of the trilogy, I still think it’s an exceptional book. This has hands down become one of my all-time favourite book series. 🙂

1) Did this book inspire me?

To watch the movies? Yes! 😉

2) Was this book humorous?

Whilst there might be something to laugh or smile about here or there, I thought this was the most serious book of the series.

3) Did this book make me cry?

Yes, a few times! 😭

4) Would I reread this book?

Yes!

5) Would I recommend this book to a friend?

Yes! As a series!

 

My rating: 4 out of 5

 

Have you seen the movies or read the books?

Monthly Writing Wrap-Up ~ February 2019

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~ Blog Posts Published ~

Music Update #1 ~ Feb 4

The Marvelous Music Tag ~ Feb 25

(I didn’t even plan for this month to be music themed, haha!)

 

~ Other Writing ~

Diary ~ 38 pages written

Songs ~ I didn’t actually write a song this month, but I have sooo many ideas in the works that I’m quite excited about! 👍

 

~ Writing Goals for March ~

I’d like to try purposefully sitting down for a bit of time each day to write something. Even if nothing comes, I’m going to give it a shot.

 

What have you been writing lately?

The Marvelous Music Tag

RubySky opened this tag up to anyone who wanted to give it a try back in November, and I’d completely forgotten about it until now! I’ve been really enjoying music lately, so I think now’s the perfect time to try this out. 😀 So thank you Ruby!

 

~ The Rules ~

1) Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their blog.

2) Share the tag graphic.

3) Link to the original blogs (i.e. Scribes & Archers and Of Rainy Days and Stardust Veins)

4) Answer the questions (links to the songs are optional)

5) Tag 5 bloggers and give them 10 questions to answer (or just pass on the questions you got)

 

~ What is your favourite song? ~

I find it impossible to pick one favourite, so instead, I’ll just share my current favourite song. It’s Midnight City by M83! My current faves playlist currently has 36 songs on it (not even kidding 😶)!

 

~ What song defines you as a person? ~

Ooh, okay. I’m not totally sure how to answer this question, because I find it hard to define myself. Is that weird? Anyway, I know one song which has been a large part of my life and got me through some tough times. It’s somewhat of a mantra to me. My Lighthouse by Rend Collective. 😊

 

~ What song defines who you want to be as a person? ~

I find this hard to answer also, because I don’t want to try to be someone I’m not. But You Say by Lauren Daigle definitely has some powerful words that I’d like to believe of myself. 💙

 

~ What song takes your breath away? ~

My My My! by Troye Sivan. I don’t know what it is about this song, but it just blows me away each time! I absolutely love Troye’s 80’s vibes, as I have a love for all things 80’s. I really like the style of this whole album, but this song gets me every time!

 

~ What is your favourite song from a musical? ~

I don’t really know because I haven’t seen a lot of musicals, and I know there’s a lot of great ones out there. I’m just going to go with Wouldn’t Change A Thing from Camp Rock 2. Don’t get mad at me musical theater fans!

 

~ What is a song that you can’t help but love? ~

Hey Look Ma, I Made It by Panic! At The Disco. 😉

 

~ What’s one song you can’t help but dance to? ~

Hmm, I don’t know about “can’t help dancing to” because I usually listen to songs in the car or at the gym, but a song that I like bopping my head to is Champion by Beckah Shae (if you can count that as dancing?).

 

~ What’s one song you can’t help but sing to? ~

no tears left to cry by Ariana Grande! 😃

 

~ What is a song that reminds you of a book/series you love? ~

Abraham’s Daughter by Arcade Fire reminds me of The Hunger Games.

 

~ What is a song that makes you cry? ~

Who Wants To Live Forever by Queen!! 😭😭

 

Now, I usually tag certain people for these tags, but this time, since I was indirectly tagged, I’d like to do the same for the first time. So if you like music and this looks like a fun tag that you’d like to try, go right ahead! I’d love to see your answers so be sure to comment letting me know if you’ve posted one yourself and I’ll check it out. 😀 Even if you don’t want to create a whole post, I’d love to see you answer some of these questions in the comments! 💕

Music Update #1

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Welcome to the first ‘Music Update’ in which I share with you my top favourite songs of late! I love to get song suggestions, so if you have some songs that you’re listening to on repeat at the moment, I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

I’m starting with my tenth favourite and ending with my top favourite. But just to clarify, this is not the order that I like them in necessarily, it’s just the order I like them in at the moment. Some of these I’ve listened to dozens of times and are likely lower down the list as opposed to the newer songs that I’ve found. 😉

 

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~ 10 ~

You Say by Lauren Daigle — The only reason that this is at the bottom of the list is because I’ve listened to it so many times that it’s getting to the annoying stage. Yet still, I can’t help but love it!

 

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~ 9 ~

Lost In Japan by Shawn Mendes — So I finally got around to listening to Shawn Mendes and I’ve been loving this one! I mean, he has a lot of great songs that I’ve had several of them on shuffle recently, but his one is my favourite.

 

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~ 8 ~

Xenogenesis by TheFatRat — Honestly, this is just so catchy. What more can I say?

 

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~ 7 ~

Defender by Francesca Battistelli — This has just been the perfect worship song for me recently. I think it’s so beautiful. 😍

 

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~ 6 ~

ocean eyes by Billie Eilish — I love Billie’s soothing singing voice and I’d like to discover more of her songs. This is one of those songs that I enjoy a little more each time I hear it.

 

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~ 5 ~

Fight On, Fighter by for KING & COUNTRY — This is probably my favourite song of their album. Every time it plays I want to shout-sing along to it. 😂 And, like many of their songs, it has such encouraging and relevant lyrics.

 

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~ 4 ~

6/10 by Dodie — I just discovered Dodie and I’m loving her style of songs. However, this song stands out to me so much from the rest. I think it’s beautiful and sadly relatable.

 

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~ 3 ~

Sunflower by Post Malone, Swae Lee — I have been listening to this almost every day since it was released and I still can’t get enough of it!

 

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~ 2 ~

My My My! by Troye Sivan — This is one of the most recent of my song discoveries from this list and I love it! You know when you are so excited about a song that you physically feel it in your chest when it starts to play? (Tell me that’s not just me! 😆) It happens every time.

 

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~ 1 ~

Human by The Killers — Not only do I get that same feeling of excitement whenever this song starts to play, but I just love the meaning behind the lyrics. I find them totally relatable and it has crept its way into my list of all-time favourite songs. 💙

 

What songs are you listening to lately? Let me know if you like these kind of posts!