Reading Wrap Up | 10 books [CC]

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I haven’t made a wrap up in a couple of months, but I’m slowly starting to catch up 🙂

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0:00 Intro
1:17 Rebecca
3:10 The Turn of the Screw
5:00 The Tinder Box
7:00 A Dead Djinn in Cairo
9:02 The Setting Sun
11:48 If It Bleeds
14:30 De Ondergang van Familie Boslowits | Werther Nieland (Childhood)
16:17 Lord of the Flies
19:20 Childhood & Who Among Us?
21:15 Outro

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— CRASH COURSE: LORD OF THE FLIES —

— CHILDHOOD BOOK REVIEW —

— WHO AMONG US? BOOK REVIEW —

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Rebecca

The Turn of the Screw

The Tinder Box

A Dead Djinn in Cairo

The Black God’s Drums

The Haunting of Tram 015

Ring Shout

The Setting Sun

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

If It Bleeds

De Ondergang van Familie Boslowits | Werther Nieland (Childhood)

Lord of the Flies

Childhood

Who Among Us?

Springtime in a Broken Mirror

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30 gedachten over “Reading Wrap Up | 10 books [CC]”

  1. It's been a while since I made a wrap up video, I hope you'll enjoy it 🙂
    I'm wishing you all a wonderful day and I'd like to leave you with a poem I read yesterday and really enjoyed:

    Though leaves are many, the root is one;
    Through all the lying days of my youth
    I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun;
    Now I may wither into the truth.

    – W.B. Yeats

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  2. OK I read The Turn of the Screw today and I thought I had already read it but I didn't remember it at all. I struggle with audiobooks too, but actually I think this would be better as an audiobook maybe, if you could get some suspense going with the narrator's style. I agree, I found the book boring (and I'm a total classics ho, so it's not that). It's only 87 pages in my version but I still thought it was too long. The rambly approach to the climax did not get me more scared / in suspense, if that was the point. And I don't think the scary parts evoked even an inkling of that in me. I didn't feel creeped out at all. SPOILER ALERT: I suppose the one redeeming part of the book is the "is it all in her head" question regarding the governess. And at the very end, I wondered why Miles died. I almost wondered if she could have smothered him in her excitement / distress, but even the most feeble of 10 year old boys would be hard to suffocate like that, so I guess he died because of a mysterious supernatural thing. Which I suppose gives creedence to it not being all in the governess' head. But then again, do we care? I gave the book 2/5 stars. And I am a chronic high-star rater. I have also read Portrait of a Lady by Henry James and it's one of my favorite books! I haven't read anything else by him and so it's hard to reconcile that. I felt like the language in Turn of the Screw was a bit stilted, so I kept having to reread paragraphs because my mind wandered. But I've read Portrait at least 3x and I don't remember ever feeling like that. So IDK Henry James. I guess I have to select one more of his books to read so I can make a decision on whether he's great or crap. Haha! 🙂 Thank you for inspiring me to read this. I have been meaning to and it's been on my shelf awhile.

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  3. Omg I feel so validated now in having found Turn of the Screw dreadfully dull lol. I read it for a class in uni and…basically remember absolutely zip about it now, other than apparently being the only one in the class who found it snoreworthy. But then, I also used an audiobook to get through it, so maybe that's the common factor here?
    Because I did like James's Portrait of a Lady (also for that class), and while it was more of a "novel of manners" & still kind of dry, I did use a physical copy there.

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  4. It's weird how lords of the flies is claimed to be some universal "comment of humanity" despite being a very particular comment on british schools for boys (and yes, these schools were for boys from upper class and produced future government officials, so it mostly about white rich boys), imperialism and this mindset where all children are viewed as sweet little angels.

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  5. Hi!! I absolutely love your reviews but I would definitely LOVE a book recommendation from you! I'm looking for a book that addresses political issues, addresses nature, or psychological changes! Would 100% love to read an autobiography or a book like "I will not be erased"! I definitely love short story collections so if you could recommend any, that would be great!

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  6. You might want to ease into audiobooks with shorter books to start with. It's wonderful to be able to listen to an audiobook while you're doing something else like walking, cooking, driving, etc. I increased my reading from about 25 books a year to 125 listening to audiobooks. I'd suggest checking with your local library to see if they offer audiobooks on an app!

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  7. If you want to focus while listening to an audio book, you should increase the speed. I lose focus easily and since i stared increasing the speed I listen more intently and if i still lose focus I just close the book cause i'm probably not in the right head space for reading.

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  8. I totally agree with your opinion on lord of the flies! I did not like it and I always thought I’m the only one because everyone else seemed to like it. The lack of representation is just sad and unnecessary! Additionally the writing style is really not my taste and I was really bored while reading this.

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  9. I read the Turn of the Screw, I read it because the Neflix show Haunting of Hill House (I also read the book) was such a cool adaptation and season 2 will be based off of Turn of the Screw. However, I also found it boring. It dragged on and I frequently checked sparkenotes to understand what was going on. I only finished it because of the show I wanted to be able to recognize things or notice background hints to the book.
    I had my mom read it too and she said "no wonder they died young back then. They were winded! Instead of just saying hey a rotten apple they spent a full hour describing it!" Lol
    I'm very interested to see what the Netflix show does. If you haven't already i highly recommend the show! Its very good! And very cool! Lots of spooky things in the background!😱

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  10. Love the scarf!
    Super interesting that you didn't expect the ending of Rebecca. I saw it coming for the most of the book. And this always let me be a bit disappointed about a story.
    I grew out of reading Stephen King probably around the same age you are right now, after reading him for years. Since then I haven't read anything by him ever again, but after so many years, I really should give one of his latest books a go again.

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  11. Lord of the Flies was one of my favorite books we were forced to read in school, but learning more about the author kinda tainted it. I know death of the author and all that, but hear me out.

    Basically, the author confessed to attempted rape of a fifteen year old girl when he was eighteen in some private memoirs he was intending to publish, to "examine the dark side of his soul." Which sounded kinda neat at first like he wanted to be at least honest warts and all, but ultimately it just came off like him trying to make excuses for himself.

    It's a long way from 18 to 80, but even to his dying day he blamed the girl, pitted his students against each other (which was apparently more the inspiration for Lord of the Flies rather than his WWII experiences) and even said, though not gladly, that he would've been a NAZI in Germany had he been born there.

    So I went from thinking this is a really interesting book about how as much as British (or any people) people think they're all superior or that's there's much difference between "civilization" and "primitive," society (remember the whole reason the boys are on the plane in the first place is to get away from the wartime violence) is bullshit. There was this idea back in the day that the reason for the Nazi holocaust was some "defect in the German character." Lord of the Flies smacks that logic away especially when they're "rescued," by a man saying he expected better from British boys than looks back at his massive warship.

    So to me it went from saying "look we're not "better than anyone else," to the author basically saying, " yeah I'm an asshole, but everyone's an asshole so I'm fine." Maybe that's not the best way to analyze it but eh.

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  12. Ohh I hated Lord of the Flies! I was in high school when I read it, so yeah I'm sure I missed some of the themes in it and I can't really specifically criticize it. I didn't even think it was necessarily boring, I just didn't like it. I think the messages or truths that we were supposed to extract from it just didn't ring true for me at the time.

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