Death Comes to Pemberley–P.D. James

This is a decent “sequel” to Pride and Prejudice. 

Felt like it picked up right where we left off. And also kind of felt like Downton Abbey. 

I liked the writing, it was a more readable Jane Austen (I know, I know, what a shit thing to say, but we all know how it is to get through Jane Austen sometimes because of the language and time barrier. Yes. I know she wrote in English. Get a grip.) and the story was fun.

By this point in the story, Elizabeth and Darcy have been together for six years, they have some kids, and the Wickhams are back wreaking havoc. 

In that they found someone dead. 

It was a good mystery with beloved characters. 


Summer Reading Startup

I promise I won’t be losing a nut over Jude Deveraux’s books for the top of my summer reading list this whole time. I’ll get it out of the way now and say that she definitely has a bunch that are great for reading on the beach, then again, what love story isn’t great for reading on the beach?

        Some of her books are called “Pocketbooks” which really does make it easier to travel with them…and even though it would kill me, they aren’t the kind of books that other people would feel bad about leaving behind on a trip to save room for souvenirs.

That being said here are some of my favourite summer books :

            1)Pride and Prejudice (everyone needs a little romance in the summer.)

            2)The Sookie Stackhouse series (Easy reads and funny, light to carry around, but you wouldn’t want to ditch them on trips because you’ll read them again and again. I think I’ve read this whole series twice now and plan another trip through it hopefully this summer!)

            3)Harry Potter is a must because the movies usually come out during the fall, so I spend some of my summer getting back into my favourite book series and preparing myself. This year though I think I’ll only be reading the last one before Part 2 comes out…but you never know, I am partial to tradition.

            4)The Host–Stephanie Meyers: Great story, great characters, hard decisions being made and a confusing mystery. Heavy book though, not easy to travel with, but worth it I think.

          5)Twilight. I’m sorry, I know I rag on Twilight now, but I’m mainly disappointed with the movies. Which somehow in turn made me look at the books and go “blech”, but I actually read the first couple twice in a row because I loved them so much. I’m a girl, what can I say?

        6)Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business—I carried this book around for weeks last summer, not because it was hard to read, but because Biographies are a great idea for the summer. Especially about people you know a bit about already, you aren’t losing the thread of the story or anything like that. Easy to keep track of.

       7)The Women of the Otherworld series–Big, but light books and too good to not read. I have a bunch of books by the same author on my shelf and I can’t waaait to get to them this summer!

   Alright. So I know that this is cheating because my summer list is a lot like all my other lists. All that you have to remember for the summer is take books on trips that you won’t feel bad about leaving behind (unless they are library books.) but that are still good reads. If you have no idea what you are looking for when it comes to that kind of book, let me know and I’ll try to be more specific for you!

           I think summer is the time to get back into supernatural books (not that I really stopped) and have stories full of love.

Oh and I hear that Nicholas Sparks has some real gems when it comes to summer reading. Take a look into him and Cecelia Ahern, Charlaine Harris’ other series, and throw in some Jude Deveraux and Kelley Armstrong and guaranteed a summer of good books and lots of love and fun.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies–Seth Grahame-Smith

P and P and Z is awesomeness. It’s mostly the classic P and P, with a few zombies thrown in at appropriate times. I liked that Elizabeth cuts up zombies like it’s her job and her and her sisters are notorious zombie killers. It’s like Buffy meshed with P and P.

Emma–Jane Austen

Oiy. Vay.

‘Emma’ is a classic, as all of Janes books are, but for some reason I could not really get into this one. It’s about a young girl of about 21 who thinks she is a great matchmaker and continually tries to set up her friend Harriet Smith with the bachelors of her town. She steers Harriet away from her original love, Robert Martin, and tries to set her up with Mr. Elton, Mr. Churchill and then finally finds out that Harriet thinks she is in love with Mr. Knightley. (Harriet is around 18 I think, and Mr. Knightley is about 37.)

I did like this book for the most part, but Jane Austen goes a little nuts with the crazy annoying characters in here. Mrs. Elton I wanted to slap in the face, and Miss Bates, I admit, I eventually started skipping what she was saying all together because it started being jibberish.

Knightley is a total babe though, so I recommend this, the last 50 pages make it worth it.