What Have We Been Reading?

Whitney Eldest by Christopher Paolini
I am currently reading Eldest, the second book in the Inheritance cycle. For a really long time I was skeptical of these books because they were really popular, but when the fourth came out I decided to give them a try. The first one was really slow, but it sets up well for the rest of the series. So far, I am loving Eldest. It’s much more exciting. The world that the author creates is absolutely astounding – he’s very thorough. I especially love the relationship between dragon & rider. I’m so excited to read the rest of the series!

Lis – John Adams by David McCullough
The more I read about America’s second president, the more I am impressed. In grade school, I always skimmed past John Adams because I thought he was a stuffy no account. However, in David McCullough’s John Adams, we find it is quite the opposite. Adams had a wit and attitude to match any man’s and he certainly was not stupid. His thirst for learning is astounding. And all the research David McCullough must have done for this book is mind boggling. He delves deep into the American Colonial life, and also into Adams’ mind. It’s obvious why this book won the Pulitzer Prize.

Jill – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I recommend watching the movies first because the old language the author uses is so hard to understand. But, the book is still better than the movie, because she tells you what Jane is feeling & you don’t get that from the movie. Jane has strong, tender feelings for her boss, Mr. Rochester, that you wouldn’t expect. He is a lot older than her and his mannerisms and moods are  so abrupt and ever changing. Reading the classics is a nice change. You do have to work at reading the strange words, but it is so worth it!

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