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The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Synopsis

In California’s central valley, five women and one man join to discuss Jane Austen’s novels. Over the six months they get together, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens. With her eye for the frailties of human behavior and her ear for the absurdities of social intercourse, Karen Joy Fowler has never been wittier nor her characters more appealing. The result is a delicious dissection of modern relationships.

Dedicated Austenites will delight in unearthing the echoes of Austen that run through the novel, but most readers will simply enjoy the vision and voice that, despite two centuries of separation, unite two great writers of brilliant social comedy.

Thoughts

This is not really YA, but I decided to review it anyway. I have been listening to lots of audiobooks recently and have been working my way through my mother’s Audible library. It has given me the opportunity to try more genres and has made me step out of my YA comfort zone. And I dare say I have really enjoyed it. I still love YA best, but I now feel more open to trying different kinds of books. I challenge all of you to have a rummage through the book collection of a loved one! You might just find a new favourite that you would never have thought of trying otherwise.

Back to the review. As the synopsis states this book focuses on a group of six people. Six very different and mismatched people, I might add. They have very little in common, except for a love of Austen. Each of these six characters represent one of the six Austen novels (Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Northanger Abby, Mansfield Park, and Persuasion). It is much easier to pick up on these hints if you are familiar with the originals. I have only read four of Austen’s novels, but this book has made me eager to read them all. You can of course read this book if you have never read a word Jane Austen has written in your whole life, but a fan of Austen can enjoy this book on a whole different level.

The story itself is very sweet and quirky, if somewhat mellow. There are funny parts, but I would not call it gripping. I would define it as a light read. My favourite part of the storytelling is that it is narrated by the We of the whole book circle. The story alternates focus between the six characters, but there is always comments from the We interspersed. I don’t think I have ever read a book with this kind of narrative technique, and I found it very interesting. Literary wise, this book cannot claim to be on par with any of the Austen novels, and it ought not to be compared to them. It was, however, a very enjoyable read. It is actually kind of Jane Austen fanfiction, if you think about it. If you like any of Jane Austen’s novels or if you are looking for a pleasant, light-hearted read to curl up with this winter, this could be the book for you.

//Love from L

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Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth - Book Review

Four short stories and three bonus scenes all put together to give us more Four - what more could you want?

This companion collection to the Divergent series gives more insight to Four and his heartbreaking upbringing. His childhood really was dark. The stories follow Four has he abandons Abnegation and his abusive father for Dauntless. We get to see Four through his initiation and how he became how he is when Tris first meets him.

It was great to see more of Four’s background, especially him in Dauntless before Divergent, and scenes from the first book told in his POV. You really get to understand why he acts the way he does and solidifies why we loved him in the trilogy.

You can see my thoughts on each of the short stories from my Goodreads updates below:

This was a great companion to the series and must for all Divergent stans.

My Rating: ★★★★★

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Language learning advice I should give myself more often

- I did not start speaking a single word of my NATIVE language until after 1 year.

- Language learning is not a race, it is a new way of life.

- Some times I will feel like I’ve made lots of progress, other times I will feel like I’ve gone 10 steps back. It’s all relative.

- Stop expecting to make leaps and bounds in a day’s work.

- I still encounter words in my native language, after 20 years, which I do not know.

- BEING UNDERSTOOD IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN BEING GRAMMATICALLY CORRECT.

- I would not think someone struggling to speak my native language is stupid, so native speakers of my target language would not think the same either.

- I know you say “I’ll never need to know this word” but honestly if you’re aiming for a high level of “”“”fluency“”“”, please learn it.

- “Fluency” is too broad a term and not a clear goal to aim for.

- Even native speakers make mistakes.

- If the content I am learning is too simple, I am not challenging myself.

- “If you do the same thing you’ve always done, you’ll always get the same results.”

- Don’t be ashamed for having an accent.

- I will one day in the distant future look back and think how amazing the journey to learn my language was.

- The journey is always more exciting than the destination.

- Speech between 2 native speakers is one of, if not the, hardest things to understand. Do not be disheartened.