Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

I have a few wonderful friends that I buddy read with. Usually it is an indie horror book, however, this time we wanted to read something else. We discussed it and landed on Wuthering Heights. I had read it before and so had Tracy but it is a book that I can read again and again. Unfortunately, not everyone feels the same as I do about the story. That is the great thing about buddy reads though. You get to have other people’s perceptions and experiences with the book that you are reading. I also love this edition of the book I picked up in a charity shop. It is older then I am and well loved.

Synopsis: A tale of revenge and love that stretches beyond the grave. There is some redemption there as well.

What I liked: Brontë is so descriptive when writing about places. Her writing shows that she has a love of the moors around the place she grew up. This love shows through her writing. I can’t critique her writing specifically because Wuthering Heights was written in the 1800s. But I can say that I love the way she can take a sentence and make it beautiful. There is also a roughness to her writing as well. It is smooth but rather tender yet rough. I think that is probably due to her circumstances in life. I love the way she writes characters. In your mind you can see them and understand their circumstances.

What I didn’t like: I think as I had gotten older I didn’t necessarily think of romance or love when Heathcliff’s behavior was mentioned. It is really quite abusive to the people around him.

Star Rating: 5 Stars

My Thoughts: If you have looked through my blog at all you will know that I do read quite a few classics. Both classics and horror are my warm blankets when things aren’t necessarily going quite right. It has been a hectic month with a lot of running around. It is a HOT summer here in the Southwest so the idea of the cold and windy moors made me happy. Emily is my personal favorite of the Brontë sisters, because of the beauty in her writing.

Persuasion by Jane Austen

I don’t just read horror. I read a lot of different genres. Over the weekend I really needed to read something that scratched that classics itch after reading Wuthering Heights with Emil, Jen and Tracy. I had watched The Jane Austen Bookclub a few different times in the last couple of weeks. I really wanted to read something that felt like a warm blanket. It has been a trying month to say the least. As I have read most of Jane Austen’s books I wanted to read a Austen book that I hadn’t read yet. I hadn’t read Emma or Persuasion so I flipped a coin and Persuasion won. Honestly, I think it is one of her best.

Synopsis: Two people who at one time had loved each other have to persuade themselves to get back together after a either year separation.

Things I liked: I really enjoyed the plot of the story. It is really a Austen special….people that love each other but have to convince themselves that they do. She has played with that theme in many of her books. Personally, I think that she has dealt with this theme in Persuasion much better than in any of her other works. As with all of Austen’s books the language is beautiful and the characters are so well written that you either like the characters or you don’t.

Things I didn’t like: There was nothing about the book that I didn’t like.

Star Rating: 5 Stars

My Thoughts: Austen had many progressive thoughts as a women in the 1800s. Personally, I these progressive thoughts about class and wealth are dealt with in a more refined manner in Persuasion. Austen uses some very similar characters in each of her books. I always wonder how much of Austen is woven into each character. The interesting thing about Persuasion is that it is really drama driven. Once you get past the normal character building that Austen does in the beginning of the novel it is constant drama.