Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

If anyone else has read the After series, they’ll completely understand why I chose to read Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice next. Kind of crazy how one author’s words can inspire you so much that you feel the need to read other works they mentioned just so that you can understand their characters better, isn’t it?

I’m not super familiar to Jane Austen’s work to be honest. I remember reading Emma in high school, but it was for an assignment and for some reason anytime I’ve been assigned to read it I just don’t do well with retaining any of it. Probably some psychology we could get into there, but this isn’t the place for that.

I also did read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but I think that and the original novel really should be kept separate from each other. I don’t remember it that well, but as far as I’m concerned they tell very different stories.

When I started reading Pride and Prejudice, I have to say, I was really bored. The first half of the book was really uninteresting to me and honestly I was struggling to get through it without falling asleep. Darcy was a jerk, Elizabeth hated him.

When he confessed his feelings for her it felt really out of place. I understand that he had pride, so he felt that anyone would be honored to receive a proposal from him, but what really made him think she would accept? Maybe he thought she was mean to him because she liked him? It was just strange to me.

However, once she told him off and he wrote her the letter I did start to feel more connection to the story. They misunderstood each other and had to adjust their ways of thinking to come back together at the end. It was cool to see the ways that they both changed.

I did really enjoy the second half of the book. Seeing Darcy redeem himself with Elizabeth and the ways that he was willing to change the way he was and help her out behind the scenes because he loved her was actually kind of touching. Elizabeth ended up with Darcy because she respected him and because he respected her. I can definitely see why so many people love this story.

My grandmother apparently loved the adaptation with Colin Firth, so I may need to check that out eventually. In the meantime, I’m going to go watch Pride and Prejudice and Zombies because it’s free on Comcast right now.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

I watched the first season of 13 Reasons Why as soon as it came out on Netflix. It was hard to watch at times, but I absolutely loved the characters and that the show was opening up a dialogue about mental health issues. When I found out that the show was based on a book, I had to read it.

I’ll admit, I was a little disappointed with the book. Usually, when a show or movie is based on the book I love it because I get to learn more about the characters and how they’re feeling.

The number one thing that bothered me about the show was how long it took Clay to listen to the tapes. In the book, it’s too fast. It actually made me appreciate the show and how it gave you time to emotionally deal with each revelation. It make me realize that it was actually probably pretty hard for Clay to keep listening, which is why it took so long. In the book, it was just one after the other in one night.

I also feel like I don’t know anything about the people on the tapes from the book. The show did such a good job building these characters that it feels wrong to be judging them from one or two things that the they did to Hannah.

I felt bad for every one of them in the show (except Bryce) and Hannah makes them seem like they’re just horrible people all of the time. Although a lot of the things they did to her were awful and mean, I don’t think they really knew what all was going on in her life, and she didn’t know what they were also going through.

The book left me wanting so much more, so I’m really glad that the show exists and that the continued to build on these characters in the second season. In the book, you don’t even get to see how Clay reacted to being around these people after he finished the tapes and that’s what I was most looking forward to when I was reading it.

They really did such a good job with the show. I understand the controversy, but I think that parents can use it as a way to talk to their kids. The issues in the show are real things that happen to people of all ages. It’s definitely uncomfortable to talk about, but we need to be talking about them.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Okay, so I didn’t remember this movie at all. Why did I think that Neville’s parent’s were dead? I must have just overlooked that in the movie, I actually can’t remember if they ever say whether they’re alive or not.

Anyway, WOW what a crazy book. Not remembering the movie well actually made me keep questioning what I thought happened, and I felt like maybe they changed things in the movie.

I’m not gonna lie, I kind of had to drag myself through the first half of the book. It felt very slow and I really loved the last one so I thought this one would be exciting, but once it got to the the Triwizard Tournament it really picked up and was really good.

It really makes you think that no one can be trusted. It could’ve been anyone who put Harry’s name into the goblet. I felt bad for Harry, that he didn’t know who had put him in this situation and that he was forced into it and people acted like he was just doing it for the fame.

The Voldemort scene was intense and some amazing writing. I was so sad about poor Cedric, the scene was devastating, especially after Harry had told him to take the goblet with him.

I really liked that Harry gave all the money he won to Fred and George, that was a nice little thing to end the story with.

I know what’s coming next and I’m so worried about how I’ll feel reading it. There was so much more in this book than what I remember from the movie, but that’s why I really love reading books that have inspired movies. Even if you know the gist of the story, it takes you so much deeper which is really fun.

Rimmel London ScandalEyes Precision Micro Eyeliner


#InfluensterChamp! Since I received the UniVoxBox, I was able to complete different tasks (photos, blog posts, reviews) on the products that I received complimentary for testing purposes. If you complete all of those tasks, you can qualify for the brand badge associated with each item. Some of the people who receive the brand badges will be rewarded with another free product from that brand. For completing the tasks, I was also given this really cool eyeliner from Rimmel London. I’m also supposed to receive Kiss brand stick on nails and fake lashes, but they haven’t shown up in the mail yet.

To celebrate receiving new eyeliner (yay!), I decided to do a review of the product while (attempting) to do a cat eye on myself.
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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

9e6b334ea62e1557c2c84dbffd2d9d31Well, I definitely didn’t think I would have another post so quickly after finishing A Dance with Dragons, but here I am!

I started reading The Fault in Our Stars yesterday afternoon. It took me less than 24 hours to get through this book and I was not disappointed.

I decided to start reading it because of all the hype. I want to see the movie and I think there’s something wrong with people who get really excited to see movies, but have not read the books that they are based on. I’m guilty of doing this with the Harry Potter series, but I do plan on reading those eventually.

Anyway, when I started reading The Fault in Our Stars I prepared myself to be disappointed. I thought that the way that the characters acted wasn’t very believable and that, even though there were very “teenage” moments, they seemed too mature for sixteen and seventeen year olds. I’ve seen the argument that they were more mature because they had to deal with more difficult life experiences than normal teenagers, and I guess I can buy that.

Even though I was initially put off by the way they were written, and was worried that I would be the only person who didn’t like this book, I found myself wanting to read on to the next chapter and completely enthralled by this story.

I loved it. I loved the long speeches and how perfect Augustus and Hazel were for each other. I totally bought into the story and cried like everyone said you do. Like ugly cried. More than once. It was great. I even liked the parts with Van Houten, which I was also put-off by. I didn’t think it was believable that these two teenagers would travel to Amsterdam to meet an author, but I let myself believe it because I wanted to believe in a love story like theirs.

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. I’m going to try to get my sister to read it (and she hates reading), and I’m going to get my grandmother to read it, and then we can all go see the movie together. It was so good.