Jane Eyre… but gothic.

As a classic cinematography lover, I’ve watched the movie The Birds (and read the book), of course. It’s a combo when Alfred Hitcock is the director and the author of the novel is Daphne du Maurier. Same goes for Rebecca. 

Rating: 4/5.

Besides the fact that I’ve had the book in my kindle for a while now I’ve also heard the song “Rebecca” sung in its musical (yes there’s also a musical based on it). You have no idea how bad it got stuck in my mind.

So I gave the book a try.

At first there’s nothing very impressive about it. It kinda feels like nothing is happening so you might be tempted to abandon it but I went on with it for the sake of the song (don’t ask me what’s up with that because I don’t know, it just hit me).

Daphne du Maurier is building the mystery step by step basically. She doesn’t throw you in a complicated full of suspense action but she knows how to involve you with every chapter. She sprinkles the plot with some plot twists and from a story of 2 lovers becomes a serious act of desperation and murder.

If you’ve read Jane Eyre you might find some common elements: there’s an older rich man, a manor and 2 wives but the spirit of the deceased one is lurking around. The dark and sinister tone of it can surely grab your attention.

As for the characters, I don’t like any of them but the author knew how to build the characters to be disliked but at the same time you are interested in what happens to them.

Last night I also watched the movie. It’s a classic ’40s Hitchcock, how can I not?

I’m gonna say the typical thing that any book reader is saying: the book was better. It really was better. It’s not one of my favorite Hitchcock movies but since I’ve read the book my expectations were…higher than they should’ve been probably. Even though I’m saying this I’m not discouraging anyone to watch it. Do watch it cause it’s a pretty good one. I really liked the guy that played as Mr de Winter and also the role of Ms Danvers was awesome. She nailed it!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17899948-rebecca

 

You are uninteresting.

Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney was a book on my to-read shelf that I always skipped… until one day when I was like “you know what, I should give this book a try”.

Rating: 2/5.

What makes this book different than the others is the second person narrative that you can rarely find. It’s not the only book but somehow it’s one of the most popular examples if you want to check out this style.

 

It’s the 1980s and your uninteresting life consists of working, partying and drugs (of course, the main character is based on McInerney himself).

You don’t bother with anything. You work in the Factual Verification department for a magazine in the beautiful New York, want to move on to the fiction department and yet you do nothing about that.

Your wife left you and you seem unable to pursue a real relationship.

This is the life before the internet pretty much. Nobody’s using computers and if you want to find out something you have to check out some records or make a few phone calls to some sources and the whole NYC was high on cocaine and this is the young and foolish life.

The background characters are easily forgettable. They’re uninteresting too. We don’t get to know a lot more about them besides their names and some basic info.

This book sends such a careless vibe that actually makes you feel careless about it but don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad book, but it ain’t a great one either.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/86147.Bright_Lights_Big_City

18 years of solitude.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon owns my heart momentarily.

Rating: 4/5.

When you start reading it be ready to drown in cuteness. I love Madeline! I love how she deals with her “sickness” and her way of being generally. I love the conversations between Olly and her and I love her courage.

All the adventures they have actually made me want to be there too and do the same things. I think they’re one of my favorite couples in the YA world. They both have to deal with stuff but their personalities make up for any trouble they have.

What do I think of what her mom did?

That was just cruel.

I’m glad they found out she needs some treatment and a psychiatrist because I just couldn’t believe that she is serious tho’ I was glad this book can give you a glimpse of what trauma can actually do to a person. Her intention was pure but it was the wrong way of protecting everything she has left which is Madeline. Yes I was angry at her when I found out what was going on and yes I came to my senses and I began to understand her.

Carla is just awesome. She’s the type of person anyone needs in their life. So trustworthy and kind and serious about everything she does, I just loved her.

The illustrations in it are so adorable sometimes I just wanted to take a picture of them and instagram it or something. They’re the cherry on the cake.

Yes, I pretty much loved every character in this book because they’re just beautifully constructed.

I totally recommend it even if you’re gonna watch the movie or not. You HAVE to read it. Did I mention the cute illustrations in it?

summary: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18692431-everything-everything

 

Playlist for the Dead

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff is an easy to read book and even though it’s based on a suicide story, I like the fact that it doesn’t focus only on the main character’s feelings.

Rating: 3/5.

I recommend it for the mentioned songs throughout it, and I’m gonna leave them all here.

Radiohead-How to Disappear Completely

Arcade Fire-Crown of Love

Tears for Fears-Mad World

Skylar Grey-Invisible

Metallica-One

Foster the People-Pumped Up Kicks

Ramones-I Don’t Want to Grow Up

Vampire Weekend-Diane Young

Nirvana-Smells Like Teen Spirit

Linkin Park-One Step Closer

The Decemberists-Mariner’s Revenge Song

Blink 182-Adam’s Song

Elvis Costello-Alison

Aimee Mann-This Is How It Goes

Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Despair

The Verve-On Your Own

The Neighbourhood-Let It Go

A Great Big World-Say Something

Leonard Cohen-Everybody Knows

Wilco-How To Fight Loneliness

The National-Conversation 16

Jeff Buckley-Last Goodbye

Nine Inch Nails-Hurt

Bon Iver-For Emma

Florence and the Machine-Cosmic Love

Chvrches-The Mother We Share

The Shins-It’s Only Life

I hope this gives you an idea of the book. Hope you’ll enjoy them!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17838490-playlist-for-the-dead?ac=1&from_search=true

Frankenstein is THE DOCTOR!

For halloween I saved a place for a creepy book that would suit this holiday and I decided to go for  Frankenstein. I couldn’t be more dissapointed, I’m serious. I ruined my halloween reading joy.

Rating: doesn’t even deserve a 1 but I will give it 1/5.

If there is someone out there considering this book a masterpiece and an awesome classic, please convince me or just let me know what makes you think that.

I know I’m not a fan of classics or whatever but some of them are really good. I wanted to be freaked out by a story written in that classic old style. Something like Poe. But I just forced myself to finish it just because I wanted to give it a bad rating so people that are like me can find out some bad reviews too, not only the good words about it.

Besides the fact that the descriptions were awful, a paragraph written only about how the wind blows and how Frankenstein feels it, the story isn’t scary, man. It doesn’t have a drop of darkness in it that you can call “creepy”. Some crimes commited by the monster are not enough to make this book a horror one. Look at Stephen King, if he would’ve written it some crazy stuff would’ve happened. Not just deaths of people Frankenstein knew.

I appreciate Mary’s ambition to write a creepy book at 18 years old but this was so bad and awfully boring, I don’t even have words. It took me 5 days to finish it and it doesn’t even have 200 pages.

If you haven’t read it yet, you can go for it but embrace yourself for major boredom.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18490.Frankenstein?ac=1&from_search=true

“I’m Louise as in geez Louise, you’re the best!”

You know, the Bob’s Burgers comics by Chad Brewster could’ve been really awesome if he knew how to play with the characters in a way that’s similar to the TV show.

But they’re not.

In my opinion Bob’s Burgers is the best show out there and I just thought of searching for the comics and I started reading them because I thought that maybe they’re inspired from the episodes and I could have some extra fun. Actually, in the comics you will find some short stories for every person of the family. And they’re not that good.

In every comic book there’s the same title for every story and the only thing that’s changing is the plot. I’ve only read the first 2 issues and then I abandoned the series cause it isn’t catchy at all and I really wasn’t curious if something better would come up.

Rating: 1,5/5. I’m sorry, I really wish it was better.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23126293-bob-s-burgers-1

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23286761-bob-s-burgers-2

“I’m a neat monster”.

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay.

Rating: 3/5.

If you wanna watch the show, I warn you: you will have to go on a binge because one episode of Dexter is never enough.

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This first book was just like watching again the first season, with a few more details. I thought it’s awesome to be in this lovely sociopath’s mind. I always loved his character, thoughts and comebacks.

If you’re a fan of the show tho’, stick to the show. It’s better. But just for your curiosity and if you want to have more Dexter in your life, go for the book too. It has only 280 pages so you can finish it up pretty quick and continue watching the show.

“Another beautiful Miami day, mutilated corpses with a chance of afternoon showers”.

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17231.Darkly_Dreaming_Dexter?ac=1&from_search=true