Rate This Book

A friend and reader recently suggested that I offer a rating system with my posts.  I do try to give a clue in the last paragraph about how I feel about the book, but rating is tricky.  I think most books are likeable – and someone will like a book – whether or not I do.  Other books no one will like – even if I rave over it.

But – the rating system might be worth a try.  Here are a few of my latest reads with my ratings, just in case you didn’t detect my sly innuendo in the review.

Rating System:

✓✓✓✓✓ – Don’t miss it!  Hope you like it as much as I did.
✓✓✓✓ – You should read it (my opinion anyway)
✓✓✓ – Worth a try – at least to the first 50 pages
✓✓ –  You might need some chocolate to get you through
✓ – Watch TV instead

My Ratings on Recent Reads: 

  • State of Wonder  ✓✓✓✓✓
  • To Be Sung Underwater ✓✓✓✓
  • The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen ✓✓✓
  • The Borrower ✓✓✓✓
  • The Space Between Us  ✓✓✓
  • Come to the Edge ✓✓
  • Because of Mr. Terupt ✓

Let me know if you agree with my assessments – and what you think of the rating system.

The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen

Did Jane Austen’s sister, Cassandra, really burn all of Jane’s letters?  What if some were discovered years later, revealing an intimate part of the writer’s life?

If you are longing to return to the comfort of Jane Austen, Syrie James offers an easy fictionalized biography of the beloved writer in The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen.  Staying true to Austen’s writing style as well as to most of the known facts of her life, James creates a story around the secret love life that many have speculated about – even based a movie on, with Anne Hathaway in “Becoming Jane.”  In a clever introduction, James simulates a letter from a Jane Austen researcher, and weaves the action into Austen’s writing of Sense and Sensibility to convince the reader of the truth of the tale.

Maybe it is.

At the very least, the story is a great romantic tribute to the growing fame and sustainability of Jane Austen.  If you are not an Austen fan, you might find the storyline frivolous and a little tedious, but if you are a Janeite – you will appreciate the romance, and the references to her work, especially Pride and Prejudice, and to Jane Austen’s life.

And, if you like it, you might want to move on to The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë, by the same author.