The Lady Time Traveler

"'A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one."

 

 

Brazilian reader with way too much time in her hands. My mother dropped me in my head when I was four. It shows in my reviews.

Beyond The Bars Of A Caged Bird

Jane Eyre - Uma Autobiografia - Mécia Gaspar Simões, João Gaspar Simões, Charlotte Brontë

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.

 

Let me start this by saying that Jane Eyre is a very difficult book to review. First of all,there isn't anything I can say that hasn't been said thousand of times before in more eloquent ways. Second,I always find difficult to describe things that I love this much. 

 

It suffices to say that this one really touched my heart. Beyond being a tale of romance,this book is about a woman. A woman with no particular characteristics to make her stand out in the middle of a crowd,mostly because many of the characters simply looked at the surface of what "Jane" was. But there was so much depth to her thoughts and personality. 

 

 

This isn’t a book that is carried by the charisma of it’s characters,though. The plot itself is also flawless. Jane’s story is absolutely compelling and there wasn't a single moment when I wasn’t rooting for her. She also showed tact and intelligence,making me trust her judgment. It was such a refreshment to see a main character that actually spent some times logically considering her decisions and relationships with the other characters.

 

And this brings me to the other men and women of the plot,all of them complex in their own ways. Mr. Rochester was one of my favorites,of course. He is deep man,one that embraced life with pure passion. His relationship with Jane was everything I was hoping it would be. I felt empty when the book ended and I realized I wouldn’t be seeing more of the characters I loved. This is truly what I felt a romance should be like,and I wasn’t disappointed in the least.

 

 

St.John is also another character that I loved,flawed as he was. But so was everyone else,which I considered realistic. He stuck with his beliefs beyond everything,and that’s more than what can be said about most.

 

In sum,and to semi-quote another favorite of mine,"Jane bewitched me,body and soul." I was in love with everything about her,and if I have any complaint is that I wish her story was much longer so we could stay together for more time.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 29%.

The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion

I've been watching episodes of Black Mirror and God,is it disturbing. I'm running to this book as a way of getting something light and sweet in my life lol

Reading progress update: I've read 7%.

The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion

I received this one as gift,which is great because lately my dark heart seems able to feel again. I'm developing a likeness for romance. Anyways,I'm aware that this is a famous book and I will receive an angry mob in my house if I don't like it,so I will be nice!

Reading progress update: I've read 510 out of 527 pages.

Jane Eyre - Uma Autobiografia - Mécia Gaspar Simões, João Gaspar Simões, Charlotte Brontë

WHERE HAS JANE EYRE BEEN ALL MY LIFE? 

 

REVIEW TO COME WHEN I STOP HAVING FEELINGS

Reading progress update: I've read 473 out of 527 pages.

Jane Eyre - Uma Autobiografia - Mécia Gaspar Simões, João Gaspar Simões, Charlotte Brontë

If Jane had accepted to marry this guy I would have to enter the book and drag her away. But she was too clever for that. You go,Jane.

Reading progress update: I've read 290 out of 527 pages.

Jane Eyre - Uma Autobiografia - Mécia Gaspar Simões, João Gaspar Simões, Charlotte Brontë I have like 10 books to read but I'm currently devoting all my attention to this book. No regrets. I should probably mention that this is not actually the right cover for my book. Which is a shame because the movie tie-in is gorgeous.

Reading progress update: I've read 190 out of 527 pages.

Jane Eyre - Uma Autobiografia - Mécia Gaspar Simões, João Gaspar Simões, Charlotte Brontë

 

I knew, you would do me good, in some way, at some time;- I saw it in your eyes when I first beheld you: their expression and smile did not- (again he stopped)- did not (he proceeded hastily) strike delight to my very inmost heart so for nothing.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 183 out of 527 pages.

Jane Eyre - Uma Autobiografia - Mécia Gaspar Simões, João Gaspar Simões, Charlotte Brontë

I forgot to mention that Edward is supposed to be unattractive (at least from Jane's point of view) but then they have MICHAEL FASSBENDER playing him on the last movie adaptation. 

 

 

Very ugly,much unattractive. 

Reading progress update: I've read 183 out of 527 pages.

Jane Eyre - Uma Autobiografia - Mécia Gaspar Simões, João Gaspar Simões, Charlotte Brontë This book should be part of a class on how to write flawed but likable characters.

Reading progress update: I've read 103 out of 527 pages.

Jane Eyre - Uma Autobiografia - Mécia Gaspar Simões, João Gaspar Simões, Charlotte Brontë

My physical copy of this book FINALLY arrived. Yay. Anyways,I'm completely in love with Jane. What a sweet,determined kid. Can't wait to hear more about her adult years.

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 448 pages.

Jane Eyre - Uma Autobiografia - Mécia Gaspar Simões, João Gaspar Simões, Charlotte Brontë I need to admit that the English in this book is a bit too hard for me. I might have to admit defeat and read it in my mother language. Woe is me,woe is me.

World of Selfish: The Book

Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë

This is another book in my list of "books that everyone already read but I didn't". Better late than never,I guess. I did debate for a long time on whether I liked this book or not. I came to the conclusion that yes,I did like the book.

 

I just didn't like the characters. 

 

I don't think they were supposed to be loved,though. Everyone is flawed,everyone is selfish. I wanted to punch Heathcliff in the face more than once. And while I do admire Brontë's ability to portray such a realism,I couldn't like their personalities. I found myself waiting for Heathcliff to die so I could ignore his existence. And I really need to stop talking about Heathcliff because I think everyone got the idea. What an asshole.

 

Anyways,back to the story. It's a romance,but it's so uniquely cruel. I don't know how else to describe it. I wasn't prepared for the roughness of this story,but I wouldn't change anything about it. Specially not the ending,which I considered perfect. The only characters I fully liked were Cathy II and Hareton,so I'm glad we got some closure on those two. 

 

Sentence: It's a great book! I totally get the hype now. 

Reading progress update: I've read 85%.

Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë

So I'm about to finish this but I was stuck in the actual end of the world and they didn't have wifi there,so no updates :(

 

Anyways,is it possible to like a book if I don't like any of the characters?

 

 

All Monsters Are Human

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

 

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

 

I need to admit that reading this book gave me the impression of being robbed. Most Americans had the chance to read it through middle school and then experience it again as adults with a completely different view of the world. Age changes you a lot. I would love to know how my young self would react to the writing. My views of my position in the world and of racism and xenophobia itself felt innocent, incomplete. I was too young to understand how the country where I was born would always change the view some people had of me. And again, I was too young to understand how cruel human beings can be in general.

 

 

But reading this book now may have been better. The pain of discrimination and racism is clearer to me. And while the remainders of our cruel past are always painful,remembering is necessary. A forgotten past could be repeated. 

 

“I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks."

 

On a more cheerful note,I couldn't have loved the story more than I did. Everything fell into a perfect place to me. How can you speak of such a hard subject and keep a peaceful tone to it? Harper Lee managed to do so,and meanwhile she also created characters that I will never forget. Atticus is obviously my favorite and my current life role model. But his children, Scout and Jem, saw the world from the eyes of a child. And sometimes it takes a young one to explain what's so simple but the older people don’t seem to get.

 

 

There isn't much I can say about this book that hasn't been said a thousand times already. It's amazing. It's lovely. It's so real it can be considered cruel. And it was everything I was looking for in a package of 300 pages. If a great writer should make you feel,Harper Lee is beyond that definition.

 

Sentence: *Incoherent happy noises*

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 849 pages.

11/22/63 - Stephen King

I don't know what to expect with this one. It's contemporary King,so it's either going to be a hit or a miss with me. But the junction of historical fiction and horror is certainly attractive.

 

Can I also say I love that cover? Really well thought-out. 

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

 

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