Archive for June, 2013

Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

rebeccaTitle: Rebecca

Author: Daphne Du Maurier

Date Finished: 27/06/13

Re-Read? : First time read

Challenges? : Yes – The Classics Club & The Literary Classics

Overall: 4/5 – rather good

I don’t understand where June has gone!  This month has really flown by!  Even though I have been reading pretty much every day (I promise), somehow I have only just finished Rebecca. I have been reading a science book alongside but still, how has it taken me 4 weeks when I have really enjoyed the book?

Anyway, I didn’t know anything about Rebecca before I picked it up, which is always nice but also a bit daunting as you try and understand the story from the start and sort out the characters in your head.  The plot in Rebecca is where is stood out for me, but also where it fell down.  Firstly, the twists (especially the rather major one about 100 pages before the end) where completely unexpected and practically made me gasp out loud!  However, the aspect of the plot that I didn’t like was the moaning!  300 pages of not much action and the heroine whining was probably the reason it took me so long to finish it!

The characters are not too numerous and they are all quite distinct too.  This helps as I didn’t get confused between people, which can often happen in this kind of novel.  Mrs Danvers, Favel and of course Rebecca herself each stood out as totally unique characters who I had never come across before in all the books I’ve read.

Rebecca is a really well written book that made it a really accessible classic.  I would seriously recommend it to all types of readers and I think  it is a book I will re-read in the not too distant future.  The setting of Manderley is so well-known to a Brit like me: only the other weekend I stayed in a former manner home in Devon with its own massive estate and even a private cove for my church weekend away!  Creepy!

This book was also my Classics Club Spin book and I am now really pleased that it came up, even though I was originally a bit disappointed.  This is because I don’t think I would have got round to reading Rebecca for a long time and that would’ve been a shame as I really did enjoy it.  If you fancy a classic read with a great storyline, then Rebecca is the book for you!

May Wrap-Up & June Plans

Wow I’ve managed to write a planning post within the first week of the month!  May has been slightly better than April for reading, although it has gone crazily quickly!  I have had lots of exams and now (hallelujah!) I only have one left.  It’s a shame though, as it’s in two weeks time and all my friends have finished already! Oh well, that’s life!  I am back to school and lessons next week so I thought I would try and post now as I might not have time again for a while.

By the way my classics club spin book is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, which I have started and I am enjoying so far.

Here’s what I read in May 2013:

The Code Book – Simon Singh

1984 – George Orwell

This is not very good as I aim to read at least three books every month.  This is the same number of books as I read in April  so at least I haven’t got any worse (if that’s even possible!).  My aim of 1200 pages a month was definitely not fulfilled, as I read only 727 pages – but this is over double what I read in April so it’s ok!
I definitely did not do 30 minutes reading a day, but I actually wasn’t far off!
I did read at least one science book every two months as I read The Code Book.
I did fulfil my at least one classic a month target with 1984 too!
Lastly, I try to stay an active blogger and this was poor too – better than last month but still a lot of improvements to make.

Challenge Progress in April 2013:

The Classics Club :  15/60 books read  (1 this month: 1984) This makes 25%!

At the moment this is my only challenge for 2013 – maybe I will formalise some of my own yearly reading goals into a challenge.

Currently In Progress:

At the moment, I am enjoying Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and I am about 1/4 of the way through.  I am also loving my latest science read, Periodic Tales by Hugh Aldersey-Williams, which is all about some of the myths, history and traditions of the chemical elements and is so far a great read.

June Plans:

Books: The next three books on my TBR shelf are: The Help, The Amber Spyglass and Suite Francaise.  I really hope to get to The Amber Spyglass but I don’t know about the others.

Challenges:  Rebecca and Suite Francaise are part of my Classics Club list.

Again good luck to everyone with exams (or with friends/family doing exams!) I hope you all do your best and enjoy the rest of the summer.  I tell you, if the weather stays like it is, I won’t even need my holiday to Corsica!  We have had so much sunshine over the past week or so and there has also been the French Open…you can see why I might not have done as much reading as I could have done…nor revision!