A Break For Now

Hey Everyone,

Hope you are well.

So at the moment I have now hit a rock (not literally but just stuck).

My laptop has crashed and it will be difficult to upload weekly. So instead of doing it through my phone. I am just going to take some time off and sort out the laptop situation and be able to get back to posting book reviews.

I am going to save some money and buy a new laptop around Christmas time so that is how late I am going to be gone for. But if you are curious about what I am reading and stuff you can mostly follow me on Instagram, you can find me under stephanienburton

Or you can follow me on Twitter, StephanieNBurto.

Hopefully, I will be back soon but until then.

Happy Reading ✨🎃

Book Review – It by Stephen King

Hey Everyone,

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It by Stephen King

It was the children who saw – and feel – what made the small town of Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurks, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread.

Time passes and the children grow up, move away and forget. Until they are called back, once more to confront IT as it sirs and coils in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

Published: Sept 2016
Published Edition: May 2011
Publishers: Hodder & Stoughton
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Fiction
Pages: 1376

Format of Reading: Paperback and Audiobook

Goodreads Star Rating: 🤡🤡🤡🤡

Review

AHHH!! I cannot believe that I actually read and finished this book.

This was a book that I was nervous and excited to read. I might want to point out that my expectations of this book were not what I expected it to be. I don’t want to spoil it to anyone who hasn’t read the book but I found the book to be quite alarming in places, sometimes I felt uncomfortable to just open the book out in public.

I was amazed at Stephen King’s writing, I was aware that he was a distinctive writer and I can definitely understand why. His description is amazing, he has a way to keep you intrigued and it didn’t matter that it was over 1300 pages long.

During the book, I felt the book to be slow but it was good as well to see the development of the characters from kids to adults. From the beginning, I was interested in learning more about what happened when they were kids because it fell more into the background of Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Although I did feel that the appearance of Pennywise was not enough (it might be me), but I did think that Pennywise would be a creepy stalking clown but that is not true.

I did try to tab and annotate my book but most of the time I was writing in the book an not tabbing anything. But I enjoyed writing in the book, I felt free somehow. (Might do a blog post about it).

Overall, the book is long and enjoyable. It’s dark, twisted and even funny at times. I feel a little stupid for not getting into Stephen King’s work before and I am interested in trying some of his other works. I had aimed to pick this book up in October but I was too tempted to pick it up knowing it would take a lot of days to get through the book. Have you read the book? What did you think?

Happy Reading!!

TTT – Top Ten Tuesday – Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

Hey Everyone,

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and Bookish and has now been transferred to The Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is the longest books I’ve ever read. I love reading big books, they feel more in-depth and dig deep into the characters and the plot. I try to at least read a big book once a month.

Enjoy!

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Happy Reading!!

Book Review – The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

Hey Everyone,

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The Tennant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

Gilbert Markham is deeply intrigued by Helen Graham, a beautiful and secretive young woman who has moved into nearby Wildfell Hall with her young son. He is quick to offer Helen his friendship, but when her reclusive behaviour becomes the subject of local gossip and speculation, Gilbert begins to wonder whether his trust in her has been misplaced. It is only when she allows Gilbert to read her diary that the truth is revealed and the shocking details of the disastrous marriage she has left behind emerge. Told with great immediacy, combined with wit and irony, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is a powerful depiction of a woman’s fight for domestic independence and creative freedom.

Published: 1848
Published Edition: Jan 2016
Publishers: Penguin Classics
Genre: Classic
Pages: 576

Format of Reading: Hardback and Audiobook

Goodreads Star Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Review

It took me a while to get into this book. I started to read this book at the beginning of the year and I had struggled to pick it up.

I found this book to be a lot more interesting than Anne’s older Sister, Charlotte of Jane Eyre. Jane is a woman who doesn’t know about love and what love means for herself after going through a childhood of nobody caring about you. While Helen is a woman who knows what she wants and defies the social standard of a married woman.

At the start of this book, you follow Gilbert, who is fascinated with Helen and her son and wants to marry her but she pushes away because of reasons she is afraid to talk about. While he tries to persuade her and fails, she visits him and hands him her personal diary. The diary accounts of her at the age of 18, before she marries a man named Mr Huntington, while her aunt has been very vocal about her opinion of him, Helen believed that they would be happy together but marriage is not turning out as she hoped it would be.

I really enjoyed this book, I was amazed that the story plot of this book was not the interpretation that I thought it was. When I first read the blurb, I believed that Helen was being mistreated by her husband which is slightly true but not the way how I thought it was going to be. It also deals with divorce, love affairs and falling out of love (not in love, out). It is a book that I will always remember and I am even more interested in reading some more of Anne’s other works.

Happy Reading xx

Book Review – Police by Jo Nesbo

Hey Everyone,

How are you all?

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Police by Jo Nesbo

The police urgently need Harry Hole.

A killer is stalking Oslo’s streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated, but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical.

But this time, Harry can’t help anyone.

For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the centre of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry can’t protect anyone.

Least of all himself.

Published: October 2013
Published Edition: August 2014
Publishers: Vintage
Genre: Crime, Fiction, Thriller
Pages: 640

Format of Reading: Paperback

Goodreads Star Rating: 5/5

Review

I was soo sceptical about picking up this book, even though I read The Bat before this book but it was the first book in the series while this book was the 10th. I read Phantom which is the book before Police about three years ago and I could not get into it. I can’t remember much about what happened but I remember reading it and not really enjoying it. BUT this book is a huge step forward, a whole new change around and I loved it.

This book starts off with a death of a police officer, the new Chief of Police wants everyone to be part of the investigation. Katrine Bratt, she was introduced in The Snowman and worked alongside Harry through the investigation. Katrine believes that the mass of people investigation is too much and should be a small group of people like how Harry used to do in the previous books. Katrine enlists co-workers who have worked alongside Harry such as Beate Lonn, Gunnar Hagen, Stale Aune and Bjorn Holm, they all believe that someone has strong intentions to change the police system by targeting them.

I really liked this book, I thought it was a new fresh change to the story. I liked how Harry was no longer a police officer and that he was changing things around with Rakel and Oleg. In about a third of the book, there is not a lot of Harry, you don’t know where he is and I really liked that. I liked that it wasn’t revealed until later where he was and it intrigued me to continue on with the book t find out more.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I went through a lot of emotions. I was shocked, cried and even cheered at times throughout the book. I felt that this was a perfect comeback after the not so great book of Phantom. I haven’t seen The Snowman (movie) and after learning about the changes that they did with the plot, I am not sure that I would want to watch it. After reading all of the reviews of the movie, at the back of my head I thought “They should have done a film of this one, this one would be better” I think the topic like this book would be more gripping and give a better introduction to Harry Hole. What do you think?

Overall, this book is amazing and I am excited to pick up The Thirst.

Happy Reading xx