Book Polygamy: Days Four and Five

Book Polygamy Recaps:

Notice anything about my Goodreads’ “Read” page???

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That’s right!  I’ve been able to finish two books (As You Wish and Haunted) over the last day-ish.  To be fair, Haunted was my “Sweatpants” choice and, while it was technically my “Nonfiction” title, As You Wish was another quick, easy-read.

I gave books a 4-out-of-5-star review, but for two very different reasons.

download As soon as I was able to put Haunted and the film “Fight Club,” based upon the book by the same name, together as having been written by the same author, I wondered if I would be able to enjoy this novel.  What I appreciated was the sophistication that Palahniuk exhibited despite the vile topics that were covered in Haunted.  I could almost seamlessly interchange “Fight Club” into that sentence, and my sentiments would be adequately represented.  As someone who can appreciate writing style over content, I don’t know that I could bring myself to want to read more by Palahniuk just because the subject matter in his stories (and I’m assuming Fight Club would be justifiably included simply based on the film adaptation) push me to my utter limits of deciding if it’s art or if it’s just gross.  Because I can see the mastery of the English language and plot development, I gave Haunted a high rating, but I think we will leave this relationship on a high note and wish each other all the best in the future.

516Fd4+DlsL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_In almost the complete opposite manner, the memoir written by actor Cary Elwes about the creation of the film, “The Princess Bride,” appeals to audiences because of the quiet joy and memories of having watched one of cinema’s most beloved movies.  It’s a sweet book, and the stories shared by the man in black parallel the storybook (literally) element of watching “The Princess Bride.”  There aren’t any salacious anecdotes or scathing reveals about divas or prima donnas on-set, and quite honestly, it’s easily forgivable that there is very little conflict in this reflective text.  Even if you’ve only seen the film once (shame on you – go get a digital copy right now!), you will appreciate the stories and reflections of this quick-read.

So what is next?

I am going to be replacing Haunted with Longbourn by Jo Baker – (via Goodreads) If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah often thought, she’d most likely be a sight more careful with them.
 
In this irresistibly imagined below stairs answer to Pride and Prejudice,the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.

Jo Baker dares to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Jane Austen’s classic—into the often overlooked domain of the stern housekeeper and the starry-eyed kitchen maid, into the gritty daily particulars faced by the lower classes in Regency England during the Napoleonic Wars—and, in doing so, creates a vivid, fascinating, fully realized world that is wholly her own.

Additionally, I will replace As You Wish, my nonfiction title with Ross Matthews’ memoir, Man Up! Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence.  As the school year is creeping up on me, I will be intermittently adding in assorted essays from the AP textbook.  I can’t think of two more parallel topics, but that’s why I’m so well-rounded.

 

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