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  • 20th century,  General Fiction

    The Escort by Daphne DuMaurier

    The Escort is quite a short short-story sharing the eerie tone of the rest of the stories. Basically, it is the story of a ship threatened by a German submarine and how they are offer the escort of another English ship. What I liked the most is that the characters are not the main protagonists of the story. I felt that the sea and the German threat were more powerful characters. This may be due to the story’s length but it just felt perfect and the story was as scary and eerie as other short stories. I don’t want to give anything away, obviously! But this is a great short…

  • 20th century,  General Fiction

    The Birds by Daphne DuMaurier

    First things first: I do not like birds. They scare me to death. They terrify me with their little eyes and they make me think that all they want to do is attack human beings because they want us to be their slaves. Paranoid thoughts apart, we just do not like each other. So, at first I was not really willing to read Daphne DuMaurier‘s The Birds but then, it is such a classic, with the Hitchcock movie always appearing as a reference (and in my mind any time a pigeon gets in my way unpredictably) that I gave it a try. The Birds tells the story of a family…

  • 20th century,  General Fiction

    Don’t Look Now by Daphne DuMaurier

    Sadie Jean gave me Don’t Look Now and Collected Stories by Daphne DuMaurier for Christmas and I’m loving it. I read Rebecca last year and it was a wonderful, intriguing and psychologically intense reading and her short stories now feel the same. Don’t Look Now is the first of the short stories that gives title to the book. It is set in Venice and it tells the story of a couple who lost her little girl recently and are trying to recover. However, everything changes when a couple tells them her little girl is sitting besides them… From that moment on, the story turns as eerie and as decadent as…

  • General Fiction

    Hungry for the classics!

    I am a 150 pages away from finishing Mansfield Park and I’m still hungry for classics. Last semester was not as literary as I would have liked, with all the readings belonging to the 10th to the 15th century. Visiting your blogs, I’ve recently noticed that February is the 200th anniversary of Dickens’ birth and you are all reading one of his works. I feel like doing it too since I only read Great Expectations a while ago (and, to be sincere, I didn’t like it that much). Also, I am re-discovering Jane Austen. I was one of these people who would literally run away from her books after reading…

  • 21st Century,  Best Books,  General Fiction

    Best Books of 2011

    2011 has been a great reading year for me. I tend to take into account the quality of what I read and not the number of books I read. Sometimes, a single book can change your life in ways that fifty other books did not. So, I am happy to say that I read books that reminded me of how much I love sitting on my bed, with a blankett and a good book. Or how it can help me to read a few chapters of a book I love to keep on working on those awfully boring papers for school. Here you have, Books and Reviews’ best books of…

  • Random

    30 Day Book Meme – Day 17

    Day 01 – The best book you read last year Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than three times Day 03 – Your favorite series Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series Day 05 – A book that makes you happy                                                                                          Day 06 – A book that makes you sad                                                                                                 Day 07 – Most underrated book                                                                                                        Day 08 – Most overrated book                                                                                                            Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving                                                                                                                                                      Day 10 – Favorite classic book                        …