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Book 4 from the 2014 Booklist: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Finished: February 4

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Sorry to say, that if you want this book, you’ll have to do a search on Audible as it seems the version I purchased is no longer available.
-Amanda Ellen

This book is a guilty pleasure of mine. If you recall, back a few years ago Twilight was a big deal… and well, I really, really, really liked the Twilight series.

So much so, that I made note of the book Bella made many references to, in her plight between Edward and Jacob.

That was, you guessed it, Wuthering Heights.

I had it on my mental list of books to read, but never got around to it… always finding something else I knew would be funner to read.

Well, I’m glad I read this… because I really enjoyed it. It’s a hard book to read, because one, it’s really old, and 2, you really have to pay attention to what’s going on to follow the story.

I will now proceed to bombard this post with my favorite quotes:
“I wish you had sincerity enough to tell me whether Catherine would suffer greatly from his loss: the fear that she would restrains me. And there you see the distinction between our feelings: had he been in my place and I in his, though I hated him with a hatred that turned my life to gall, I never would have raised a hand against him. You may look incredulous, if you please! I never would have banished him from her society as long as she desired his. The moment her regard ceased, I could have torn his heart out, and drunk his blood! But, till then – if you don’t believe me, you don’t know me – till then, I would have died by inches before I touched a single hair of his head!” -Heathcliff

“You loved me-then what right had you to leave me? What right-answer me-for the poor fancy you felt for Linton? Because misery and degradation, and death, and nothing that God or Satan could inflict would have parted us, you, of your own will, did it. I have not broken your heart- you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine.” ~Heathcliff”

“And I pray one prayer–I repeat it till my tongue stiffens–Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living; you said I killed you–haunt me, then! The murdered DO haunt their murderers, I believe. I know that ghosts HAVE wandered on earth. Be with me always–take any form–drive me mad! only DO not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I CANNOT live without my life! I CANNOT live without my soul!” -Heathcliff

““It’s a rough journey, and a sad heart to travel it; and we must pass by Gimmerton Kirk, to go that journey! We’ve braved its ghosts often together, and dared each other to stand among the graves and ask them to come. But Heathcliff, if I dare you now, will you venture? If you do, I’ll keep you. I’ll not lie there by myself; they may bury me twelve feet deep, and throw the church down over me, but I won’t rest till you are with me. I never will!”
She paused, and resumed with a strange smile, “He’s considering-he’d rather I’d come to him! Find a way, then! not through that Kirkyard. You are slow! Be content, you always followed me!” Catherine

“I was only going to say that heaven did not seem to be my home; and I broke my heart with weeping to come back to earth; and the angels were so angry that they flung my out into the middle of the heath on the top of Wuthering Heights; where I woke sobbing for joy. That will do to explain my secret, as well as the other. I’ve no more business to marry Edgar Linton than I have to be in heaven; and if the wicked man in there had not brought Heathcliff so low, I shouldn’t have thought of it. It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall never know how I love him: and that, not because he’s handsome, but because he’s more myself than I am. What ever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same; and Linton’s is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire.’
Ere this speech ended, I became sensible of Heathcliff’s presence. Having noticed a slight movement, I turned my head, and saw him rise from the bench, and steal out noiselessly. He had listened till he heard Catherine say it would degrade her to marry him, and then he stayed to hear no further.” -Nelly

This is a love story, but these characters are so bad, horrible people… but you still have to awe the love they had for each other, and the lengths in which they went to try to make it work.

If you have the time and can follow closely, I suggest this book, it’s a great classic.

TaTa for Now,
Amanda Ellen

Book 20 in the 2013 Booklist: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood by Mark Twain
Finished: June 6
This is a classic that I read portions of in an American Literature class I took a few years ago. I really enjoyed the way the professor explained the text then, which made me enjoy what I read of it. So, when I found this book on Audible, on sale I believe, I grabbed it up. I am really glad I did, the narrator was most excellent, and I still enjoyed the whole story, from start to finish!
If you are easily offended, I don’t suggest reading this book. There is offensive language used, and is not good for all readers. If you on the other hand, can handle a little harsh language, then this book is great! Many parts of this book kept me laughing. I highly suggest this to anyone who wants to take a chance on the classics, because this version of Huck Finn is great!
So, go grab this and tell me you didn’t like it, I challnege you!

I grabbed Tom Sawyer because apparently you need to read it before Huck Finn, but I haven’t gotten to read it yet. I only hope it is as good as Huck Finn.

Amanda Ellen

Book 9 in the 2013 book list: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Finished: March 11
A Tale of Two Cities & Great Expectations Audiobook by Charles Dickens
I have only read “A Tale of Two Cities” thus far, but this is the book I bought in an Audible sale a few months back.
I got in the mood for a classic, and no better classic than A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I have to admit, it is a bit slow going in the beginning, but towards the midddle and end, it really sucks you in.
I had my favorite characters, and my characters I loved to hate. I will say this book isn’t for just anyone, it actually takes some intellegence to follow the plot and keep interest.
Seeing as I’m a literature minor, it was right up my alley. I read this book once before when I was a freshman in high school I think. I loved the book then, and I still like it as an adult today. My next read won’t be “Great Expectations” because Dickens is someone I can only do in small doses. Because of that I will go after some “junk food” reading that doesn’t require all that much thought to follow. Still deciding what book will be next.
Thinking about either “Defending Jacob” or maybe one of my books on my reread list.
Stay tuned to find out!
Amanda Ellen