Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Last Lecture

Randy Pausch is the author of this book and died recently in July of this year from pancreatic cancer. I saw him interviewed by Diane Sawyer early this year and I was amazed by this guy who was dying yet was so full of life. I had wanted to read this book and listen to "The Last Lecture" that he gave at the university where he taught, tonight I finished the book. I was brought to tears several times. To think of his family going on without him and how hard it must be to go through something like this. He did so many amazing things for his family though before he left this Earth. He wanted to leave a legacy for his children who are still very small and he did that! He made sure his wife was taken care of and he left words of wisdom for not only his family but the whole world. Please take the time to read this. You'll come away wanting to be a better person and cherish life more.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Rendezvous for Austen!

Just recently I read Austenland and wondered if such a place existed. I don't want to go and "cheat" on my husband, but just being able to go somewhere that is set during the Regency Era and feel like a character out of one of Austen's books would be pretty awesome. I did a little research on the internet and although I didn't find a place where you pay to go and become part of an "Austenland" I did find that the U.S. has a Jane Austen Festival yearly in (of all places) Louisiana. Here's the link www.janeaustenfestival.org it looks pretty cool and there's a ton to participate in. Maybe I'll check it out one of these days.

Thursday, September 18, 2008


Where to begin . . . well the actual story as a whole is unique and interesting, but I found it disappointing. The heroine gets a chance to meet the Miss Austen and absolutely botches the experience. I guess the author meant to do that, but honestly if you create a scene in which the main character gets to meet the most revered woman in novel history why waste it? Every reader of this book would gladly switch lives with a woman from the Regency era just for a chance to glance upon Miss Austen and I'm sure no one would envision the scene that takes place in this book.

Another thing, again the language! This isn't a James Patterson novel so skip the filthy mouth. I just don't think that f*** would be an appropriate word to use in a book regarding Jane Austen and her novels. I doubt Jane would have used such a word.

The main character Courtney/Jane has a problem with thinking too much, but must the reader suffer too? I found her thoughts to be frustrating and annoying. I really do like the IDEA of the book, but I wasn't particularly happy with how it was told.

Out of 5 stars I give it 2.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Once again I sacrificed sleep for the need to read. I got Austenland in the mail yesterday and finished this morning very, very early. I really liked the book. It definitely keeps you guessing. You think the book will end one way and then it switches on you and switches again! It was definitely cute and a book I recommend.

I also found out that the author is a local one here in Salt Lake City! I'll have to be on the lookout for any other books she has coming out and see if she does a signing.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Jane Eyre's Daughter

This is the first spin-off I've read for Jane Eyre. It was pretty good, but not fabulous. My favorite book is Jane Eyre (sorry, not P&P), so I guess my expectations were a little too high. The story itself was pretty good, but the writing left much to be desired. Charlotte Bronte is an extremely accomplished writer, so if you're going to write a spin-off I feel the writing should be comparable. Jane Austen's books are a bit easier to do sequels with because Jane's writing is more light and witty where Charlotte's is dark and deep. I love both authors and both styles of writing and enjoy the sequels that other authors write. I just feel that if you're going to stick with the same time period and continue a story than the writing should reflect the original authors style.

Out of five stars I would give this book a 2 1/2. I'm interested in looking for other Jane Eyre spin-offs. If anyone knows of a good one please let me know!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


This is the third book by Elizabeth Gaskell that I've read. The first one I read was Wives and Daughters - loved it! The second, North and South - again loved it! Cranford, not so much. I know they just did a new BBC mini series of Cranford and I intend to watch it, but this story was difficult to get through. It seemed like Ms. Gaskell really didn't know where this story was going and who the main character should be. Mary Smith is the narrator and nothing of consequence happens to her. She lives her life through those of Cranford. There is a dull romance that never really amounts to anything and several deaths. I don't recommend this book. However, to be fair to Ms. Gaskell the afore mentioned books, Wives and Daughters and North and South are wonderful. If you haven't read Wives and Daughters be prepared that there is no ending to the story. The author died before she could finish it.

I'm still waiting for my other books to get here . . . soon I'll have to decide which one to start with.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Three New Books

Okay, I finally ordered some new books (I really should just read the ones I have but haven't read yet). I'm excited to get them and start reading! The first book "Austenland" I had seen at Barnes and Noble and it looked good, but I didn't want to buy it brand new and in hardcover. To spend the money on hardcover books is something I only do if I REALLY love the book i.e. "Harry Potter."

The second, "Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict" sounded so awesome! I think I'll really enjoy this book unless it's loaded with sex or swearing, which I detest! To me those things just cheapen a book, although some of my English professors would disagree.

The third book I have been debating about for a while. I know
there are war and sex scenes, which again I detest but the movie
was raved about so much and it looked like a good story, so I'll
chance it.

I should get the books next week so look for a new post sometime
by the end of the week. Later!

Thursday, September 4, 2008


I'm sorry I haven't posted anything here for a while. I just started working nights again and getting enough sleep is proving very difficult right now. When you have a 10 month old there isn't much time for resting. I will pick out a book soon, any suggestions?