Penguin Moderns: Part 1 | Otherwise titled “The death episode”

Penguin Moderns

If you’ve followed me on any social media in the past month or so, you just *might* know how excited I’ve been about the new little Penguin Moderns. At £1 each, these tiny books seem to be a fab way of trying new authors or bumping up your Goodreads goal, or even – if you’re like me – giving yourself a tiny confidence boost as you still manage to finish a book within your busy schedule (even if it is only 50 pages long, but shh). And so after eagerly anticipating these gems, I promptly bought 4 of them the day of their release.

…And then went back and bought 3 more. Oops.

But having acquired a little collection, and with the likelihood of me buying more in the future, I thought I do a little review series for them. Since they’re so tiny, I’ll be combining together 3 mini reviews for each post, this first one covering The Vigilante by John Steinbeck, The Breakthrough by Daphne du Maurier, and Four Russian Short Stories by Gazdanov and Others. Without realising, they can all be connected with one common theme: Someone, at some point, dies in each of these lil books. We’re morbidly kicking things off with a death episode. Still, let’s chat books…

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A Room With A View by E.M. Forster | One of the loveliest books I’ve read in a long time

So this is a book that wriggled its way onto my TBR for April without me even realising. I was just suddenly hit with the overwhelming OH-MY-GOODNESS-I-NEED-TO-CONSUME-THIS-BOOK-RIGHT-NOW feeling.

So here we are!

Let’s dive right in!

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Relating to the main character so much it’s almost scary in…Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

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So as part of the Austenatious Book Club, October’s book of the month was Northanger Abbey.

Again, I managed to finish this before the movie night where we watch the adaptation happened…though this time the movie night was at the end of the month so it wasn’t much of a problem.

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So let’s talk about Northanger Abbey!

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Title: Northanger Abbey

Author: Jane Austen

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Classic

Number of Pages:  235

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August Book Haul – Probably the most random assortment of books I’ve gotten in a long time

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I was considering not doing this haul. I mean, two of the books I was sent for review and have probably never been heard of. Four of them are classics. And only one is popular YA. So I didn’t think anyone would be interested.

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But then I told myself “Stop being ridiculous. I’m excited about having these books, so I’ll share it. I’m not here just to talk about the ‘popular’ books – I’m here for all books.”

So here I am. With probably the most random assortment of books I’ve ever gotten.

Also I apologise in advance for the dodgy lighting in these photos. I had to improvise with …with…unnatural yellow lighting *GASPS* THE HORROR! 

Here are the books I got in the month of August!

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Highly amused by the teenage whimsies of a budding writer in…The Beautifull Cassandra by Jane Austen

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I do love the Penguin Little Black Classics. So much so that I want to collect them…but as of right now I only have three. Which is a bit of a pathetically small collection, considering there’s 80.

But you know, got to start somewhere, right?

Anyway.

Let’s talk about The Beautifull Cassandra!

(And yes it is spelt like that. Yes, it’s bothers me slightly too.)

Title: The Beautifull Cassandra

Author: Jane Austen

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Series status: Standalone

Genre: Classic, Short Story

Number of Pages:  55

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