A Closer Look at the Curse of Camelot

Holy Smokes it has been a long time since I’ve blogged; to be fair though I haven’t read all that many books anyways (Damn you, law school!). Life has been crazy rushed and hectic since the last time I posted. We have finally moved and are living happily in the City of Magnificent Distances (that’s DC for all you folks who don’t get caught up in cities’ nicknames). Our neighborhood is ridiculously adorable, cozy restaurants, strung lights glittering the streets, and, best of all, a brand new library(!) all minutes from my door. And, the history in this area!  Naturally, the history lover in me is freaking out with all there is to see. I’m seriously in love with living in a capital city, you know, a place where tourists actually come. I even love my morning commute (kind of) because I pass the Washington Monument, cross the Arlington Memorial Bridge, giving me a great view of the Lincoln Memorial, and all the sites around the Nation Mall area. It’s just incredible and I really believe DC could be just as beautiful as any European City, except for the bloody skyline! DC does so well with the old historic buildings and the like but it just doesn’t have the skyline of a city like Prague with all of the church spires (Fun fact: Prague’s nickname is the City of a Hundred Spires. You’re welcome).
As wonderful as everything has been, it has been crazy busy. School takes up half my day and then work takes up the other half. It’s kind of funny because the place I am an extern at has me in this huge office with 8 cubicles. I take up one and the others are  . . . empty. Yup, that’s right completely empty. I’ll randomly see people in the hall or when I get my lunch but other than that I’m kind of separated from everyone else. Well, except for one day when the other attorneys found out I existed and then they all came in to say hi make sure it was true. While it is nice to be left alone I kind of wish the other desks in there were full of people and in a way I guess they kind of are. See over the summer I’m pretty sure they had 8 externs because each desk look like someone is still occupying it. Notepads are open, post-it notes, drawers are full and I even found a Birthday card pinned to the wall of one. “Happy Birthday Zach! From the gang! Signed by Suzie, Robin, Debbie, John, and Roxanne!” And all I could think was that this was once a happy place; laughter lived here once. Now it’s just a sad little room occupied me and these weird ghosts desks; which I leave alone, out of respect. 
Enough chatter, let’s get to the book! I just finished The Kennedy Curse: Why Tragedy Has Haunted America's First Family for 150 Years by Edward Klein.


I originally bought the book at a book fair because I have strange fascination with the Kennedy family. I decided to read it right before finals because I thought it would be a dry, historical read. You know not terribly interesting but something educational to read on the commute. Turns out I was wrong (great for Reader Brittany, bad for Studying Brittany) and the book was amazing. It focuses on the tragedies that surround the family. One part of the book notes “one Kennedy has died every two years  since the 1800s”, that's staggering.
I enjoyed how the author arranged the book, focusing on a specific family member in each section. The main “characters” were JFK (of course, but don’t get this book expecting to read a lot about the man himself; it isn’t that kind of book, the author is really focusing on why the family is so cursed), his father, Joseph Kennedy, his sister “Kick” Kennedy, Patrick Kennedy (the first Kennedy to migrate to the States, and JFK, jr. Each section details how the curse affected(or effected? I never know) them specifically and speculates on why the family has been cursed. At first, I was a little disappointed with the obviously biased writing which didn’t portray the Kennedys in the best light. However, I then realized this was necessary in order for the author to develop his theory surrounding the curse.
Bottom Line: I give it 4 out of 5. If you’re interested in the Kennedy family read it. It’s a unique perspective on a story that has been told a hundred times and I was never bored while reading it. I hate to say it was entertaining because the subject matter revolves around death but it was, so now you know I'm a bit dark and twisty.
And I'm not sure what I will be reading next because I have finals for the next three weeks (Oh Sweet Jesus!).

Summer Reading

          I have been busy since my last post. In life news: The movers came out yesterday and my house is now in disaster mode. My floor is littered with packing tape, boxes, and random crap that has been hidden under beds for god knows how long. We have five more days until we hit the road and head down south. I can’t wait to start this new chapter in my life.

I picked classes this week and I’m stoked. No longer is law school going to mean studying for torts, property, and administrative law. Nope! I’m moving into a world where I can study the things that interest me: counterterrorism, intelligence law, and military law. Bloody awesome!
And onto my summer reading list . . . I have been plowing through books this summer and I love it. What I don’t love is being so behind on my blog posts. So look at this as a sort of Mid-Summer Reading List, what you should read and what you should skip.
Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip-Confessions of a Cynical Waiter by Steve Dublanica
I picked this book up because the concept sounded interesting: a waiter turned blogger giving an inside look at what it’s truly like to be server under all of that fake “How are you doing tonight?” crap. Unfortunately, the author didn’t stick to that perspective. Instead, the book was saturated with the author’s sense superiority over the people he served. Seriously?! Look, I get the reasons why most people wait tables. What I don’t understand is a grown man trying to convince me (throughout an entire book!) that he’s “better than” because he’s a waiter, a job that was once prestigious somewhere in Europe. If the author would have just stuck to the quirky stories of restaurant fodder he would have had a better book.
Bottom Line: Skip. I give it 2 out of 5.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Ahhh . . . my classic for the month of June, a story of revenge and heart ache! When I first decided that I wanted to read a classic each month everyone recommended that I should read The Count of Monte Cristo. After listening to everyone rave about it, I spent my dollar and downloaded the book to my Kindle. Now, I’m not going to go against the grain here and say I didn’t love it, because I did. Instead I’m going to give a bit of advice: Read this when you have the time to really read it. I read this in bits and pieces, while I was commuting, a little before bed, ect . . . and the result was that I ended up so confused and had to work at keeping all of the storylines straight.
Bottom Line: Read it. I give 4 out 5.
The Touch Series: Deadly Little Games (Book 3) and Deadly Little Voices (Book 4) by Laurie Faria Stolarz

 
                                                                                        I’m still loving this series, obviously. Bottom Line: Read it. I give them both 4 out of 5.
The Walking Dead, Compendium 1 (The Walking Dead #1-48) by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
This was one was a bit out of my comfort zone. Not because of the zombies, which I both love and fear, but because the book was a graphic novel, or comic book for those of you not down with the lingo. Prior to The Walking Dead, I had never read a graphic novel and I was worried that it wouldn’t read like a book. After all, I’m a reader of books here, not a gazer of comic books. Luckily, it read like a novel and I was hooked! The story was so interesting and I liked that it rounded out the television show which focuses less on the characters and more on scaring shit out of you with the zombies. The only thing that sucked was that I had to lug around this ginormous book day after day on the train.
Bottom Line: Read it. I give it 5 out of 5.
The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady by Elizabeth Stuckey-French
            I have peculiar interest in our country’s history with radiation. So when I came across this book where a woman was unknowingly injected with a radioactive cocktail in the 1950’s, I was stoked. However, the book focused more on our radioactive lady’s revenge(should have known that from the title) and her present day adventures instead of the radioactive catalyst. It was still fun to read but I just expected a little bit more of the Golden Age to be included in the book.
            Bottom Line: If you want a light and humorous summer read about the growth of a group of people read it. I give it 3 out of 5.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Well, Let me just tell you how much I loved this novel. It was short, sweet, and desperately sad in a way that leaves you thinking about it long after you finish it. Our narrator is Charlie and there is something off about him, how else do you explain writing anonymous letters about your life to a complete stranger? No matter though, because his oddities make him endearing and vulnerable. Qualities that help you care for a character.
I wish I could give you more because there's so much more to this book but I always have trouble describing the these thought provoking books that touch my heart and this is one of those books. I fell for this book and it’s now one of my favorite books.
Another reason to start reading this book right now, as if you need one, the movie is coming out soon and Emma Watson will be starring in it! Love her!
Bottom Line: Read it or weep. I give this book 5 out 5.

The Girl Who Played With Fire

I recently took up reading Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series again and finished The Girl Who Played with Fire. I read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo about a year ago but you all know how I am, I will drag out a series for forever to prolong its’ life.

Anyways, super busy so I’m going to keep this short and sweet. I really enjoyed Larsson’s follow up to Tattoo, so much so that I went right out and got book three from the library. Never you mind that I haven’t so much as cracked the book since then. There are just so many other books to read! My co-worker lent me The Walking Dead, Compendium One and I always feel obligated to read the books that people lend me before starting any others. Not to mention The Walking Dead book is pretty bad ass!
So back to The Girl Who Played with Fire. Here’s the thing, I loved that this one didn’t have all of the Swedish financial crap that the first one had in it and I loved learning more about Lisbeth Salander’s life. However, I preferred the mystery that surrounded Tattoo so much more! The mystery in book two was just so so. Of course that didn’t stop me from devouring the bloody book every free second I had! And that’s that.
Bottom Line: If you read the first book of the series of course you should read the second. If you haven’t read the series yet, Start! Seriously, it’s worth it just for the movies and Daniel Craig.
And onto the next . . . I recently finished Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter by Steve Dublanica.

The Magicians

Last month it was my turn to host our monthly book club and let me tell you, I’m really impressed with our little book club because we’ve managed to keep this commitment with one another each month (minus one or two because of the holidays and a wedding) even though we all have crazy and hectic schedules. It just makes my heart happy. But enough with gush. In keeping with tradition, since I hosted I was allowed to choose our book. As you can imagine, I took this responsibility very, very seriously and ended up picking Lev Grossman’s The Magicians.  I chose The Magicians for two reasons: 1) I wanted to lure my friends into reading a series with me that would require them to read multiple books and have many wonderful bookish discussions with me and 2) Someone once described the book to me as being a cross between Harry Potter and Catcher in the Rye, um yes! Not only are these both books that I love but it made The Magicians sound like a grown up gritty version of Harry Potter. Wonderful, right?! Apparently not, because wouldn’t you freaking 
know it, they hated it. No joke. Let’s delve a little deeper shall we?



GoodReads description:
Quentin Coldwater is brillant but miserable. He's a senior in high school, and a certifiable genius, but he's still secretly obsessed with a series of fantasy novels he read as a kid, about the adventures of five children in a magical land called Fillory. Compared to that, anything in his real life just seems gray and colorless.
Everything changes when Quentin finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the practice of modern sorcery. He also discovers all the other things people learn in college: friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom. But something is still missing. Magic doesn't bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he though it would.
Then, after graduation, he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real.
Da Da Daaaaa!!! So you have to admit that this sounds neat right? Reading the description it sounds like my life: Brilliant, check. Obsessed with fantasy novels, check. Feeling like graduating from law school isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, check. But then wait for it….Hogwarts is real! Could you just imagine?! I would die.
So you can see the appeal of the book. Unfortunately, I was kind of disappointed with it. See, I was hoping this novel would pull me into another world. Show me the magical world of Fillory and what not but alas, it was not to be. For me, since Grossman failed to adequately describe the world he envisioned the entire book felt rushed and undeveloped. I was left wanting more out of the book. It kind of reminded me of The Night Circus in that way, you know a good novel that need to be established a bit more to be truly amazing.
On the plus side, I loved how gritty parts of the novel were. Since we’re following college kids and graduates, there was a lack of childlike wonder that I appreciated. As a reader, I know that life isn’t all rainbows and fucking butterflies and I respect when fantasy novels embrace that.

Now onto my friends gripes, their largest one being Grossman has not one independent creative thought in his body. They all felt that The Magicians followed The Narnia Chronicles too closely. I, who have not read any of the Narnia books was ignorant of any similarities so it obviously didn’t bother me but after to listening to some of the comparisons I can see where they were going. I just wonder if, since  Quentin’s obsession is with the books of his childhood, if Grossman did have a similar obsession with The Narnia Chronicles and this was his way of paying tribute to the books he grew up on. Then again he may have just stolen some of the ideas.
Bottom line: Read it, it was good but don’t expect to fall into the book.
And onto the next . . . I finally decided to come back to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series and recently finished The Girl Who Played With Fire.

Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR List

Work and planning for the big move to DC have taken a toll on my blog and instead of catching up on reviewing all of the books I’ve recently read, I’m doing a  Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week the topic is:
The Top Ten Books on my Summer TBR List
1.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I’m pretty sure everyone has at least heard of this book, if not read it. Well, I’ve decided to give it a go because I’m in love with Emma Watson and she’ll be in the movie adaption of the book coming out this fall. It was also one of the books in my $6.00 library book fair haul. Say “what?!”
2. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
I’m crazy excited for this book which is told from the perspective of a girl who can neither speak nor move but who’s mind is actually brilliant. Her story sounds haunting and it’s from such a unique perspective that I can’t help but be eager to start reading it. P.S. it also helps that critics and book lovers alike are raving about this novel.
3. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
The infamous Bloggess always cracks me up when I read her blog so there is no way I can pass up a book that promises to be just as funny.
4. The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston
The description of the book reads: In the nonfiction tradition of John Berendt ("Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil") and Erik Larson ("The Devil in the White City") . . . Um can you say hooked?? Mentioning not one, but two of my favorite books ever is a sure fire way to get me to want to read this book. And as if that wasn’t enough my Best Friend in the whole world recommended it to me and then sent me the book. Score! Will be reading this very soon!
5. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
Another book in my library book fair haul, this book seems like it’ll be the perfect sit by the pool, easy cheesy read.
6. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
I am a huge history buff and I’m especially intrigued with the American Civil War which is why it’s nuts that I haven’t read this book yet. Worry not, I’m tackling this bad boy this summer.
7. Revenge of the Radioactive Lady by Elizabeth Stuckey-French
Having just finished The Count of Monte Cristo I’m all about revenge this summer. Here’s a snippet of the book’s description: “Seventy-seven-year-old Marylou Ahearn is going to kill Dr. Wilson Spriggs come hell or high water. In 1953, he gave her a radioactive cocktail without her consent as part of a secret government study that had horrible consequences. “ Sounds awesome!
8. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest Stieg Larsson
Confession time: I put off finishing a series because once I finish it that’s it. Well, it’s been a year or so since I started this series and I feel like it’s time to finish it.
9. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
I fell in love with George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series so I’m hoping these books can transport me as well.
10. The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
I recently read Jane Eyre and adored it so when a friend mentioned there was a book which captures the story of the Rochester’s crazy wife I knew it had to be added to my TBR list.
 
(Note: I’m also pretty pleased with myself because I actually have 6 out of 10 of these books waiting for me at home. Go Me!)


               

Jenny Pox: Avoid Her Like The Plague

Alright y’all I just finished Jenny Pox (The Paranormals, #1) by JL Bryan and it was amazeballs!




Goodreads description:                 

Eighteen-year-old Jenny Morton has a horrific secret: her touch spreads a deadly supernatural plague, the "Jenny pox." She lives by a single rule: Never touch anyone. A lifetime of avoiding any physical contact with others has made her isolated and painfully lonely in her small rural town.

Then she meets the one boy she can touch. Jenny feels herself falling for Seth...but if she's going to be with him, Jenny must learn to use the deadly pox inside her to confront his ruthless and manipulative girlfriend Ashleigh, who secretly wields the most dangerous power of all.


Ahhh Jenny Mittens! Who doesn’t feel for a girl who’s forced into wearing gloves year around so she doesn’t accidentally kill people? So being a book blogger myself, I like to keep up with the book blogging community and, people let me tell you: the community is talking about this bloody book! At first, I was a little skeptical about it because a lot of bloggers seem real keen on only reading paranormal romances, regardless of their literary value. Leaving me to worry that this would just be another weird, YA love story. But like I said, it seemed like every site I went on was raving about Jenny Pox so I decided to give it a try. Well that, and Amazon was and is offering the book free of charge for the Kindle. The whole free thing really helped make up my mind.

Luckily, it turns out the book blogging community was right on point with how good this book seriously is. First off, the author doesn’t make the mistake (depending on who you ask because apparently tons of adults are oddly addicted to teen love triangles) of only focusing on the budding relationship of Seth and Jenny. There is more, much more, to the story and, since I was reading it on the Kindle, every time I thought the author was getting ready to conclude his story he would surprise me with another twist that contributed to the depth of this already super intriguing story. Not only that this book was much more adult (read: has some sexy time) than I originally expected it would be and I loved it! Trust me half way through the book you’ll be like “Oh my gooodnesss!!

I also loved that Bryan took the paranormal aspect of the story into the horror genre, think Carrie. Parts of the book were eerie, gross, and other parts were downright scary. Bryan does not shy away from describing how powerful Jenny’s curse can be. I think the best part about it was that I wasn’t expecting the story to go in this direction and when it did I was like “Child, no you are not going to have those characters get all dark and twisty” but then he did and I loved him for it. Except when I was eating lunch, then I did not love him for it. Not one bit.

My only criticism, and it really isn’t a big one, is that during the latter part of the story things escalated way too rapidly. You’ll see, one minute we’re talking small potatoes and then boom it’s the end of world. I guess I just would have appreciated a more gradual lead in, but again, it really wasn’t that big of a deal.
Bottom line: Read this book! It’s part of a series (aren’t they all now?) and I plan on reading the rest of them sometime soon. You know, after I get to all of the other books I keep meaning to read.
Next up: Book club was at my house last month and we read Lev Grossman’s The Magicians.

Top Ten Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read


This month over at The Broke and the Bookish we’re allowed to rewind and pick a topic from the past. I chose:
The Top Ten Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read:
1. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: For some reason I never heard of these books before the latest movie series came out in 2005. See when I was younger I kind of jumped from reading about the Sweet Valley High twins to V.C. Andrews Flowers in the Attic and John Saul novels. Big jump, I know. And since I never had that transitional book phase I feel like I missed out on this series. While I do want to read them now, I'm kind of reluctant to because of how much I've heard about the Christian undertones of the novel. I just feel like I might get brainwashed and wierds me out and it. (Quit judging) Maybe once I have kids I’ll delve into this series with them.

2. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown: We can all agree that I’m a reader, and when this book first came out all my friends wanted to know if I had read it. Once again I became freaked out by the sheer trendiness of the novel and I steered clear. It was too much pressure to try and want to get involved with this bloody novel. I feel like it’s a kind spite thing now.

3. The Lord of the Rings Series by J. R. R. Tolkien: Pathetic, I know but let me defend myself! I haven’t read these yet because  I’ve just started giving fantasy novels a chance. (Thank you, Mr. Martin) Fear not, I just purchased the series, including The Hobbit, so I will be reading sometime soon. Although, I’m kind of terrified to start The Hobbit because it seems like everyone who has cannot get into it. Talk about ringing endorsements.

4. Eragon and the other books in the Inheritance series Christopher Paolini: People love these books. I mean my sister rushed out and paid top dollar for an English version of the last book as soon as it came out in Europe. I just don’t know if they’re my thing. I love The Game of Thrones series but don’t know how keen I am about reading fantasy novel without the grit.


5. The Sookie Stackouse Novels by Charlaine Harris: It’s not that I can’t believe I haven’t read these books because one, everyone and their momma has or two, because they’re hailed as being so amazing but more so because I’m so in love with True Blood. Like “I would probably be the biggest fang banger in the Bon Temps” love with True Blood. I’m just surprised I haven’t read them all yet in a pathetic effort to stay connected with my favorite vamps. I did start the first book in the series right after last season ended but kind of stopped after that. Maybe it was because I got my fix from another source when I started watching Vampire Diaries on Netflix . . . either way I do plan on reading the rest of these someday.

6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë: Everyone and their mother has heard of Heathcliff and Catherine and that alone should have enticed to me to read this bloody book by now. What’s more  is that I loved Emily’s sister’s book Jane Eyre and that should have pushed to read it by now. Sigh. Worry not the book was bought and is waiting for me on my shelves.

7. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas: I'm probably the only person on the planet who didn'y read this book in high school, even my husband who doesn’t read anything has read it. Everyone loves  and they all say the same thing, “It’s amazing!” Well, I will soon be in with the cool kids because I am currently reading all about Edmond and his quest for revenge. Hooray!

8. Any Classic Ever Written: I get it. This is kind of broad but seriously y’all I haven’t read any classics because apparently no one thought to put me in advance placement courses in high school (Their loss, because this lawyer turned out to be brilliant and, maybe, not so humble) and the classes I was in didn’t place too much emphasis on reading. So like I said I can't believe I haven’t read any classics: Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Scarlet Letter, Great Expectations, Pride and Prejudice (I did read Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies but I’m guessing that doesn’t count). You name it I probably haven’t read it, but I am trying to rectify the situation by reading one classic a month.
9. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: Bookish people read this book and since I consider myself to be bookish I am ashamed to admit that I haven’t completed it even though I’ve tried to read it once before a million times. I will conquer you!

10. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell: My friend mentioned this book when I brought up the list and I was actually quite surprised. It seems that I completely forgot that this book even existed, which is crazy because it’s one of the top five most read books of all time. The more I think about it the more astonished I am that the book isn’t on my “to be read list”. Seriously, my BA is in history and aside from WWII, the Civil War and Sherman’s march is what drew my interest to the subject. I should be ashamed of myself.



Classic Time!

Way back a couple of months ago, I challenged myself to read one classic book a month. Easy Cheesy right? Apparently not. I was doing so good! I pumped out The Red Badge of Courage during month one, even though it was god awful. Month two was redeemed with Jane Eyre . . . and then I ran out of days in April and kind of skipped that month. Who knew bettering yourself would be so difficult?  Luckily, I stuck to my guns this month and took in a classic. I just finished F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

GoodReads description:
A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author's generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald's--and his country's--most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning--" Gatsby's rise to glory and eventual fall from grace becomes a kind of cautionary tale about the American Dream.
First off, I liked this book and enjoyed the bajezzus (yes, that’s a word) out of it. The most amazing thing was that this novel took me by absolute surprise because it wasn’t anything I expected. Everyone who hates the book describes it as a book detailing the lives, and problems, of rich people, leaving me to imagine a book that was probably disjointed and lacking any real story. (You’re probably wondering why I bothered to read it in the first place if I thought it was going to suck but here’s the thing 1) Everyone has heard of this bloody book and I don’t like feeling behind when it comes to books 2) I kept confusing this book with Matt Damon’s movie The Talented Mr. Ripely, don’t ask, and it led to many puzzling scenarios 3) A movie adaption of the book is coming out, starring the stunning Leonardo Dicaprio, and I’ll be damned if I’m heading to see the movie without having read the book and 4) It is considered The Great American Novel (you can just imagine how this infuriates the haters)).  Fortunately, the book was nothing like I expected and I became engrossed in an interesting story of a man trying to reclaim what he once lost.
See Gatsby and Daisy once upon a time ago had a love affair. Unfortunately, the world was in the middle of a war and when Gatsby deployed it became too difficult for rich, popular Daisy to continue waiting for him and she married another man. Now it’s easy to hate Daisy for abandoning Gatsby, especially for someone like me who stopped reading Dear John because I began to loathe the main female character (Not to rant, but the two stars of Dear John fall in love within like what? a week? and then as soon as he's been deployed for awhile she starts pulling for apparently no reason! Okay maybe there was a reason but I stopped reading the stupid book so who knows), but with Daisy and Gatsby it seemed different. True they had fallen desperately in love with one another, but it was the type of love that had to overcome obstacles, ie: Gatsby not having enough money to provide for Daisy, and it’s easy to let hurdles that once seemed so minute when you’re together to grow wild when you’re apart. Once Daisy lost the magic they had held together, she began to question what exactly she was waiting for.
And that's it.
You’ll have to forgive me but I’m currently enamored in the lives of the characters in my current book The Magicians so it’s hard to reflect any more on my last book and this is all I feel like sharing.
So bottom line: If you are trying to get into the classics give The Great Gatsby a try. Good novel and it’s short!
P.S. When looking for a picture of the book for the blog I realized another reason why I was so iffy on reading this book. The freaking cover! Seriously, the cover is really wierd. Why are there eyes above a carnival scene? I mean I know what the eyes are meant to represent but still! Covers draw people in and this repels them. No joke.

I Wanna Dance With Dragons!


I just finished A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin and while I’m super sad that I have to wait for the next book to come out, I’m also glad because now I’m all caught up and can theorize with the rest of the Game of Thrones fans. Seriously, I need to know who John’s momma is!


Even though I really enjoyed this book, I was left with the feeling that not a lot happened but I’m going to attribute that to the way the book was structured, ie: ADWD picks up where A Feast For Crows left and runs simultaneously with it. That being said the stuff that did happen was awesome!
(Plan on many SPOILERS in the text below, that means you Jen!)


You have been warned:
John Snow: The last we saw of everyone’s beloved crow he had just been made Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch and was saved from a wilding attack by King (one of the many) Stannis. Now normally I dread reading John’s chapters (gasp!) and it’s not because I don’t like his character it’s just that I always feel so god awful for this poor boy who gave up everything to defend the realm’s largest cock block and all because he’s a bastard (or is he?). But this book brought about some big changes and I really looked forward to his chapters! After Ramsey Bolton, believing John helped his bride, the fake Arya, escape, threatens John and flays some wildlings John has finally decided to cast aside his vows and help rid the North of Bolton. Finally! I have been waiting for John to leave that stupid wall for foreva and now he finally is. Or was. Slight hiccup, when he told his men and the wildlings his plans some were very supportive and others kind of stabbed him. A lot. So we’re left with a dying John and his smoking wounds lying on the snow at the wall. Some cliffhanger and the worst part is you can’t comfort yourself with the whole “Georgey would never kill him off” because let’s face it who saw Ned Stark getting his head cut off?
Daenerys Targaryen: She pissed me off so much in this book. So her story goes something like this: Captures Mereen and sets the slaves free, turns down the offer of a bunch of ships to take her to Westeros, and continues sitting in Mereen ruling as their queen. She then marries a local because the masters of Mereen are pretty pissed at her (join the club) for freeing the slaves and she needs something to bring everyone together. Shortly after her wedding, one of her dragons attacks someone and in order to stop the mob from slaying him she tries to tame him and ends up riding away with him . . . where she promptly gets dropped off in the middle of nowhere and the last we see of her she runs into her sun and stars’ old Khlalsar who probably aren’t going to be super pleased to see her.
Seriously, that took up her whole portion of the book and the entire time I was reading her chapters I just wanted to shake her. I mean why isn’t she headed to Westeros to reclaim her freaking kingdom? Her dragons are big enough to ride now, she has a freaking army of unsullied and sellswords, and the Kingdom is ripe for the taking. And I get it she’s super young and tired of all this moving and fighting but she just needs to buck the fuck up, she’s Daenerys Stormborn of House of Targygeran for crying out loud.
Tyrion Lannister: My poor giant of Lannister has had a really tough go of it ever since he was convicted of murdering his nephew/king and then killing his dad and Shae. After successfully rescuing Tyrion from the executioners blade Varys, with Jamie’s help,  plans to send him east to Dany. Unfortunately, that didn’t quite work out because Jorah Mormont captured him and then together they were both captured and sold as slaves. My poor heart was so sad for him and I hated reading about his humiliations. And trust me, without the power of the Lannisters behind him there were many. Hopefully, in the next book, he’ll be able to return to Westeros as Lord of Castlery Rock soon. Here’s to hoping!
Theon Greyjoy: Let me start by explaining that I hated this man, who betrayed the Starks, with a passion and luckily, I didn’t have to hear about him for two whole books. A co-worker, who shares my love for Games, told me to just wait until book five when Theon gets what’s coming to him, you’ll probably feel bad for him. Psshhh is what I said, never in a million years would I feel bad for Theon. Well, turns out he was right, I do feel bad for Theon and I know this is going to sound crazy but I might even be starting to like his character. Crazy right? You don’t have to answer that because I know how it sounds, I mean the man betrayed Robb! Well, here’s the thing, my puny little mind couldn’t even fathom a punishment that would be enough for Theon. Georgey on the other hand, whose imagination is apparently limitless, created a scenario in which I pitied Theon and even wanted things to start going right for him. And while I’m not going to describe the particular hell he went through because it was so intense to read that I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. Just know it’s horrifying.
Okay, so those were the stories of the main characters and here are some other crazy tidbits that happened: Davos, and Lord Wyman Manderly, suspect Bran and Rickon are alive and now Davos is headed to some scary ass place to find them. Bran found the three eyed crow beyond the wall, and the last children of the forest, but instead of fixing his legs, like Bran thought he would, the three eyed crow is helping him to change skins with the world around him. This isn’t as exciting as it sounds because Bran is probably going to have to spend his life in a cave becoming one with a tree. Small price to pay, eh? Arya has her sight back (Thank God!) and is on her way to becoming one bad ass assassin. Oh and let’s not forget Jamie! He officially turned his back on Cersei (YES!) and is headed off with Brienne, who has claimed to have found Sansa, who might be getting ready to kill him. And the biggest revelation . . . Aegon, Rheagar’s son (you know the one that supposedly had his bashed as an infant?), is alive. Let that sink in for a minute. Varys and the Mad King’s exiled hand, John Connington, have been keeping him safe and raising him to reclaim the throne.  And yeah that’s about it.
Oh, and the coolest news ever? Georgey himself is heading to Missoula, Montana and my momma is going to see him! I’m so excited for her and I have begged her to tell Martin how in love I am with Jamie because if anyone will appreciate my love for that man, it will be Georgey.
And onto the next . . . I am currently reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.