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Update: What I read in February…

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Y’all. I actually read the books I said I was going to read for February! I did it! Yay! *Pats self on the back*

Here’s to hoping March will be just as productive!

Fiction Reviews, Reviews

Review: “Cold Comfort Farm” by Stella Gibbons

5 stars of 5 ★★★★★

The quote that sums up the entire book: “I saw something nasty in the woodshed” -Aunt Ada Doom

Stella Gibbon’s Cold Comfort Farm is a Modern Classic written in the 1930s. It follows Flora Poste, who after her parents’ death, sets about finding relatives who would agree to take her in turn for her meager yearly allowance. She has her choice of relatives, too, as they all agree to take her in. There’s one family, though, in Sussex, on a farm called Cold Comfort, that tells her she has rights and that a horrible wrong was done to her father. This, and Flora’s inability to pass up a challenge, creates the basis for one hilarious novel. Here’s the summary( via Goodreads):

When sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste is orphaned at nineteen, she decides her only choice is to descend upon relatives in deepest Sussex. At the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm, she meets the doomed Starkadders: cousin Judith, heaving with remorse for unspoken wickedness; Amos, preaching fire and damnation; their sons, lustful Seth and despairing Reuben; child of nature Elfine; and crazed old Aunt Ada Doom, who has kept to her bedroom for the last twenty years. But Flora loves nothing better than to organise other people. Armed with common sense and a strong will, she resolves to take each of the family in hand. A hilarious and merciless parody of rural melodramas, Cold Comfort Farm (1932) is one of the best-loved comic novels of all time.

This new Penguin Classics edition includes an introduction by Lynne Truss discussing Stella Gibbons’ unconventional life and career and her joyously satirical voice.

I loved this novel and was thrilled to find out that Gibbon’s was a prolific writer. I’ve added quite a few of her other novels to my to-read list. There is a movie version, which is quite good, and what made me want to read this novel. I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an intelligent, yet funny novel with a little bit of odd thrown in.

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What I’m Reading This Month: Feb. 2015…

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In January, I set out to plan my reading, and it didn’t go so well. I’m going to try harder in February. So, for February, I’m going to read:

The Ghost Road by Pat Barker: I’ve been watching 14 on Netflix, a documentary about WWI and it’s gotten me back in the mood to read war fiction. The other two books in this series were spectacular, so I’m looking forward to finishing the series.

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons: I’m currently reading this one, and it’s hilarious.

Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee: This is a Netgalley ARC I received. Reading the reviews on Goodreads, I don’t know. It sounds a little cheesy, but I’ll give it a try.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: I’ve been waiting for this one to become available on my library’s ebook site for a while now. I’m next on the hold list, so fingers crossed I get it this month. Tumblr says it’s amazing. Tumblr is where I heard about Fangirl (I love that book), so I place a lot of value on Tumblr’s recommendation.

Looking forward to reading these and others this month! For more information about any of the above books, click on the picture.

What I'm reading now...

What I’m Currently Reading: “Cold Comfort Farm” by Stella Gibbons

I’m still working my way through The River of No Return by Bee Ridgeway, but I am simultaneously reading Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons and I’m really enjoying it. It’s humorous, English, and set in the Early to Mid 20th century (which are all things I like). I saw the movie version a long time ago, but all I remember from that is “I saw something nasty in the woodshed” so the novel will be somewhat new. The movie’s one of my Mom’s favorites and Goodreads has recommended it to me as being similar to Dodie Smith’s novels (She is one of my absolute favs.) so I’m excited to get more into it.

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Update: What I Read in January…

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I created a list earlier this month to give readers some idea of what I was going to read this month. All that list did was to prove that I have no self control over my reading habits. Strike-through titles are ones I read this month and are linked to the review, if you’re interested. Below are other books I read and review, for those that missed them. I’m going to do better to read what I say I’m going to read in February, I promise!

January To Read List: 

Other books that I read and reviewed (instead of reading what was on my list):

I also read Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton and K-9 by Rohan Gavin. Those reviews will be up later this month.

Upcoming reads

New books and what I’ll be reading this month…

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I’ve decided to put a dent into my TBR pile, which is going to be even harder now that I got quite a few great books at Christmas. I’m going to try to work through these titles( though not necessarily in this order) in January:

Cold Comfort Farms, by Stella Gibbons

Graduates in Wonderland, by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale

Hild, by Nicola Griffith

Gods Behaving Badly, by Marie Phillips

The Ghost Road, Pat Barker

Hopefully, I’ll be able to push myself through all of these without getting side-tracked by some other book. There are some pretty tough books in this list, so I’d better get cracking!