A Wait for a Book Can Go One of Two Ways

These past few weeks have been a weird mix of memoirs, chick-lit, fiction, and Harry Potter. Normally I’m not so focused on classic literature, but Austen and Brontë feature more heavily than normal this month! I find that sometimes I end up finding similar books in a row, without meaning to at all. I do have to admit, I was just waiting for the Cursed Child to be released! So, what have I been reading as of lately? 

You Deserve a Drink Mamrie Hart

You Deserve a Drink, Mamrie Hart

Mamrie Hart has one hell of a YouTube channel- she spends 10-15 minutes with her guest, making a drink and shooting the breeze on a variety of topics. I figured that after Grace’s book, I should try Mamrie’s. I would recommend reading this in numerous sittings; while Mamrie’s stories are hilarious and great for an escape, you become desensitised to her antics and debauchery if read all in one go. Sure, I’ve never come close to doing even 10% of the craziness that she has, but it helps me life through her vicariously! This is for anyone who enjoys humorous memoirs or spends a good deal of time on YouTube, 4/5.

Me and Mr Darcy Alexandra Potter

Me and Mr. Darcy, Alexandra Potter

Standard Austen-themed chick lit, not my favourite that I’ve ever read but it works to pass the time. I found that Emily, the protagonist, is a bland and flavourless character that I didn’t particularly care about. Without any spoilers, there is a character that logically shouldn’t be there, and no explanation is actually given for that. If you can get it for cheap or for free and are interested in Austen, give it a shot! Otherwise, I would pass. 2.5/5

The Madwoman Upstairs Catherine Lowell

The Madwoman Upstairs, Catherine Lowell

This is a very intriguing premise for a book- Samantha Whipple is the last surviving descendant of the Brontës, and pieces of the Brontë mystery are sent to her as she begins her studies in English literature at Oxford. While Samantha is often an infuriating character who falls flat, you can’t help but keep reading to find out what happens. As an Austen fan, I often shy away from the mysterious and brooding Brontë sisters. Lowell introduces her readers to each the sisters without overwhelming you or slipping into biography territory. I would recommend this to a) anyone who likes mysteries, b) anyone who is interested in the Brontë sisters, and c) anyone who likes dark, broody, English fiction.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, JK Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne

See my review here!

Eligible Curtis Sittenfeld

Eligible, Curtis Sittenfeld

I keep trying to read the Jane Austen update series- I couldn’t finish Sense and Sensibility, and Emma bored me to tears. Still, this has been getting raaaaave reviews and I had waited months to get it from the library. Annnnnnnnd I was disappointed again. Every time someone tries to update Jane’s novels, they lose their charm and wit and sparkle. This was no exception. You need to update characters with a story like this- how on earth can you expect us that there are three unemployed Bennet sisters and two kind-of employed sisters? In 2015? Get real. Mrs. Bennet is even more of a nutcase than she normally is…. Darcy is more likeable, but that’s about it. Unless you’ve already paid for it, skip this one! 1.5/5

As usual, here is my library card tally:

Serving Victoria– $37
The Sisters of Versailles– $18.75
Death of a Maid-$15
Death of a Perfect Maid– $15
Death of Yesterday– $15
Shopaholic to the Stars– $15
First Grave on the Right-$15
The Perfect Hero– $16
The Royal Palaces of London– $55
China Rich Girlfriend-$15
The Art of the English Murder– $18.50
I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star- $15
A Weekend with Mr. Darcy– $25
Razing the Dead– $10
The Girl You Left Behind– $12.25
Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style-$30.50
Bitter is the New Black– $15
You’re Never Weird on the Internet– $15
The Knockoff– $19.50
Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery-
$15.00
Alix and Nicky- $9.00
The Tao of Martha-
$15.00
Game of Crowns- $30.75
Girl on the Golden Coin- 
$13.00
I Regret Nothing– $19.50
The Wish List– $15.00
Grace’s Guide– $19.00
You Deserve a Drink- $13.50
The Madwoman Upstairs– $19.50
Eligible– $25.25

Grand Total Savings via Library Card- $570

Have you ever waited and waited for a book only to be disappointed?

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

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