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Latest Acquisitions (September 2010)

While I have been getting through my TBR pile, I will have a few papers to read before my course starts in October so you may find I talk less about books than other subjects in the next few weeks. I do have a photo post coming up soon which I hope I can make interesting and I intend to participate at least somewhat in the 24 hour readathon in October.

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Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre – I have been craving this book since getting through a couple of Austen’s works, because when I first decided it was time to read the classics I couldn’t choose who to start with – Austen or a Brontë sister? Once I’d decided I’d read enough of Austen to warrant starting on another author I had to pick from Charlotte, Emily, and Anne, and in the end Charlotte won. I want to know what this love story is all about.

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Duane W Roller: Cleopatra – For my degree. I chose this, which is published by Oxford University Press, because I’d like to think that being published by one of the top universities in the world it will be excellent.

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Rosy Thorton: The Tapestry Of Love – Received for review, this is my current read. I was very pleased to accept it because I’d added it to my wish list due to reading other people’s reviews.

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Thomas Hughes: Tom Brown’s Schooldays – Won in a competition by Oxford World Classics. I intend to review this as it’s a book I remember seeing (but not reading) in my childhood.

Have you read any of the books listed here today? And for anyone who has read Brontë (all sisters included in that), which book is your favourite?



September 19, 2010, 4:18 pm

I’ll be interested to see your thoughts on The Tapestry of Love, as I read that myself last month. And I hope you like Jane Eyre! My favourite Bronte book is Wuthering Heights, which seems to be a book that people either love or hate. Jane Eyre is probably the best choice to begin with.

Charlie: Oo, you think so? I’m glad to hear that because I was wondering if I should go for another Charlotte or Wuthering Heights (though I know the story of WH so there was a curiousness there concerning brand new stories). I think yours was the first review I saw of The Tapestry Of Love, had it on my radar since then.


September 19, 2010, 5:38 pm

You are going to love Jane Eyre, I just know it!

And I really enjoyed the Tapestry of Love as well :)

Charlie: I think we tend to have a similar opinion on books so I’m pleased that you say that! I forgot you’d read Tapestry too!

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)

September 19, 2010, 10:15 pm

I’ve read Jane Eyre a couple of times, and I think it’s one of those books that gives readers a ton of things to talk about. Jane herself is awesome, but the people around her, not so much (in my opinion)… it’s fun to hear what people think.

Charlie: For some reason, as a child, I always had the idea that Jane would be a difficult character. Tons to talk about sounds good to me, not to my word processor though…


September 20, 2010, 2:28 am

I’m inspired by your decision to read more classics! I’m trying to do the same but struggling about where to begin. The few times I’ve started Austen I haven’t made it more than a few pages in before I just have to stop. That’s not a good sign! I’ll be interested to hear about your experience with Jane Eyre…maybe it’ll get me going!

Charlie: Which Austen have you tried reading? I personally find them hit or miss, the ones that are good are very good and likewise for the not so; Persuasion I found dull and Sense And Sensibility was a drag for the most part. I’ll remember to compare Jane Eyre to Austen’s work in my review!


September 20, 2010, 5:24 pm

Oh, you’re in for a treat with Jane Eyre! I read it once in high school and again in college, both as assigned reading, but fell in love with the story. There’s definitely a reason it’s considered a classic.

Charlie: Hi Meg, that you loved it during school makes it very promising!



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