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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 36 in the 2013 Booklist: The Shining by Stephen King

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Finished: December 22
The Shining by Stephen King

This is a good book, not my favorite, but good.
Naturally, this is a reread for me, since I wanted Taylor to read it so we could read Doctor Sleep together.
We just started Doctor Sleep this afternoon, and so far it seems alright. It looks to be a longer one, so hopefully it will occupy us during our holiday travels. This book is just flat out creepy… that’s all I can say about that. Gave me chills both times I read it.
Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote…and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.
The book in this case is much, much, much better than the movie. Mr. King, you have the most horrible luck when transcribing your books to TV shows and movies. The most glaring examples being The Shining and “Under the Dome”.
My friend RO wrote about her experience with reading The Shining. In fact, this could almost be a reversal on the book suggestion, as I read The Shining before she did! 🙂
Anyways, the book at hand, is good. Like I said above, it’s not what one would call “marriage material” but it’s a Stephen King book, it had good chances of being decent. I liked the narrator for this, and wish he were around to narrate Doctor Sleep. I believe my favorite character in this was/is the chef… Dick Hallaran.
I suggest anyone who watched the movie “The Shining” to read the book for a better experieince with the characters.
Guess that’s it for this one… creeping ever closer to 40!
Amanda Ellen

Book 25 in the 2013 Booklist: Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12 by Jim Butcher

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12 by Jim Butcher
Finished: August 5

Another Dresden book, once again I loved it! Of course! 

Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden’s lover – until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.
Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it – against Harry. To prevail this time, he may have no choice but to embrace the raging fury of his own untapped dark power. Because Harry’s not fighting to save the world…He’s fighting to save his child.
This book was action packed, and a little sad. I really think this building up a climax to later books. Although, the point can be made that this book in itself is a roller coaster! Very fun to read, enjoyed it a lot!

Amanda Ellen

Book 13 in the 2013 Book List: Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From by Richard Davenport-Hines

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Finished: April 18
Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From by Richard Davenport-Hines
This book was a suggestion from RO . I have to say that although it wasn’t on the edge of my seat, hold my interest for hours kind of book, I still really enjoyed it. This book is purely non-fictional, it is made up of what I assume is strictly factual information. I was fascinated to hear about how the Titanic tradgedy really went down, compared to Mr. Cameron’s dramatized move of it.
Her post on it can be found here .
I was shocked at some of the stats that was thrown around in this book. I mean to learn that almost none of the life boats were filled to capacity, that just shocked me. Also to know that even though most women that wanted a spot in a life boat were accounted for, men weren’t allowed to join their wives… or that teenage boys weren’t allowed to accompany their mothers!
Of course, you have to know that there was no mention of a Jack and Rose type love story here… I commended those men that stood back to allow women and children to be saved… dressed in their evening wear they went down like gentlemen. I will say that I felt very sick to my stomach at the thought of people floating in the ocean by their life jackets and dieing of exposure before drowning. That made me incredibly sad. This book has sparked an interest for me that I don’t think I knew I had before. I now want to see about finding a book about that military ship that sunk… maybe it was the Indianapolis? I’ll have to double check by Taylor. As morbid as it sounds, I am amazed by these horrible tragedies. I really just found myself saying “wow” at the amount of people that were diverted to the Titanic because of a coal strike going on at the time of the Titanic’s sailing. Think of the amount of people that could’ve lived if that coal strike weren’t going on?
That is just more string theory I guess. Some of the survivors accounts of different scenarios is really heart wrenching. The amount of people that died on the various anniversaries of the sinking is oddly creepy. I found myself asking if I would have been one of the women who chose to stay behind with her husband, rather than be saved without him. That is a harder decision than you might think. I have to say that if I were faced with that situation, I think that I would have probably stayed behind. The survivors guilt would have eaten me alive and I would have been one of the countless survivors that took my own life over guilt. Anyways, if you like disasters, history, and a little bit of heart wrenching truth, go check out this book. It was really good. Thanks RO for the suggestion!

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