Vox Hunt: Latest Read

Book: Show us the latest book you bought, borrowed or received.

Haven’t read it yet, but Meiran gave it to me for watching her cat with a last minute asking.  She was actually already out of town I think.  I’ve been in a weird reading mood lately though and not really wanting a romance.  I’ll get to it eventually though, just need to be in a different mood.

Jenna Starborn by Sharon Shinn

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Just got done reading Jenna Starborn by Sharon Shinn. It’s  retelling of Jane Eyre, only in space.  For me it was inevitable to draw the comparisons between this and Jane Eyre, as Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books.  I feel that may have detracted a little bit of my enjoyment, but simply because I love the original so much.  If you don’t like Jane Eyre because of the language and the sheer volume of detail it goes into, and you do like sci-fi, I say give this one a chance.  It shortens a lot of the beginning of Jane Eyre, condensing the story without really losing any of it, although some of those are my favorite parts from Jane Eyre.

Jenna Starborn captures the whole essence of Jane Eyre, only in a completely different setting and society.  I guess, at it’s core this story is a romance and that part carries through in Jenna Starborn.  I started reading the book a couple of nights ago, but was barely 50 pages in when I finished it tonight.  Shinn is a wonderful storyteller and she captured these characters and yet made them  her own at the same time.  I got caught up in the story, even though I already knew what was going to happen since I have read Jane Eyre so many times.  I was still able to lose myself in this book and I knew I had to finish it tonight.  And what a great way to spend my night!  I love to read, and while a lot of people might balk at the idea of reading on a Friday night, I found it quite enjoyable.  Curled up on my couch with iTunes playing.  It was great.

I recommend this book, even if you don’t like the original Jane Eyre, you should still give a try.  You may just like this version.


QotD: Books From My Childhood

What books did you love as a child? 
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Gus and the Baby Ghost by Jane Thayer.  Like most childhood things, I forgot all about this book as I grew up.  Then Meiran was going through some old books and I was like “OMG!”  because I used to read this book with my grandma and it was one of my favorites.  Meiran gave me the book, which made me very happy.  (On a side note it only took me like an hour and half or so to be able to scan in the cover so I could have a picture to go with it. Amazon didn’t have any pictures for the book.  My scanner didn’t want to work and I ended up reinstalling the whole thing.  Bleh.  But I got my pic in the end!)

My other OMG, I love it so much book is Misty Morgan .  I wore my copy of this book out, I think I folded it in half to carry it around with me.  I still have it though.  I loved the unicorn and the whole premise of the girl and the clocks.  I really like all of the Serendipity books, but Misty Morgan is definitely my favorite.