As I am coming to an end with this novel, one word to describe my experience with reading it would be that its challenging. I'm sure i'm not the only one that absolutely cannot stand the novel because of it's dialect. I enjoy books with more mystery and action, but reading this book definitely puts my reading skills to a challenge and reminds me each chapter at a time that I can only improve.
You're positive outlook is inspiring. The dialect is very challenging, especially after a long while reading. I hope, through the dialect, you were able to comprehend the novel, because I found it to be fairly entertaining.
I'm not the best reader in the world, so I can definitely relate. It was tough.
After reading the novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (yes its a real book look it up), I found that this book was exactly the same, but without zombies. So after reading the same book without the addition of some hard core zombie slaying action i found it very dull. I mean sure it has drama but, without random background characters being devoured by the undead it couldn't hold my attention.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was the only book I NEVER finished. I couldn't do it any more! I ended up giving the book away! :)
I found it really hard to read as well and the only reason i kept on reading because i though "well it has to get better some at some point right?" It never did.
Peter I love your insightful comment haha. Even though I've never read Zombies.. Definitely agree that it sounds a lot better. Sorry Mrs. Hess!
When I first started reading, I would read as much as I could at a time, so I could just get it over with. I didn't really enjoy it, and I kept getting confused with all the characters and the dialect. In my opinion, the book improved as I read it. Now that I am almost finished, I can actually read at my normal pace and understand what is happening. I think that this book actually helped me improve my reading abilities because it is totally different than any book I would normally read. I had to try harder to understand the novel than I would normally, and now I know that I can read and finish almost any book!
I also forced myself through the book, and I didn't like the book when I began to read it. I feel as though just getting the hang of the dialect made things easier to comprehend and less boring. I'm looking forward to reading the other books because if we can get through this book, I'm sure we'll be able to make it through the others!
I agree with you! As I read the book, I seemed to get used to how the characters speak and what the author is saying. It did get more interesting as the story went on, and this was partly because I actually knew what was happening. I definitely agree that we will be able to read the other books now!
While reading the novel I would suggest to a peer to push yourself through the first ten chapters. Like Mrs.Springstead said they are very boring. I had a hard time at first trying to figure out which character was which. I ended up looking up the characters online so I knew who was who. The website gave a description of each of the characters. This helped me visualize each character. After I knew who each character was, and had a picture of them in my mind, I was able to understand the novel much better.
It was also difficult for me to understand the first part of the book. Like you, I had to look up the characters and the story plot online. Now that I know what is going on, I can read the the book much easier, too. I can't say that I actually enjoyed reading this book, but it was a new reading experience that I had never been through before. I believe reading Pride and Prejudice did help me improve my reading abilities.
After knowing who each character was I did understand the book better, but this book was still difficult for me to read. I didn't really enjoy reading the book like you said. It's not that I don't like a challenge, but I just thought this book was boring. I'm glad that your reading skills improved, I hope I can say the same for mine.
I found myself enjoying this novel in the beginning. During the middle, I dreaded the looming deadline in which I would have to complete the book. However, I found a renewed interest again later in the novel. In all, I would say I enjoyed the novel. During those times of interest I read for hours straight, eager to discover new developments within the novel. I would suggest a different approach to my peers. I find that the longer I read, the less specific detail I retain. I still retain main events, but I worry that the specifics will be important on the test. I believe scheduled reading of a set amount of chapters per week is the best way to read independently for a class, and intend to do so with the next honors novel.
You give some good advice. Maybe in the next novel, I'll read few chapters each week. Thanks for the advice! :)
I hope you find it to be an effective method. Hopefully we can both stick to this method, and be persistent.
Mrs. Springstead told us it was going to get better after chapter 10. IT DID NOT! 35 chapters in and the book finally got interesting with the shift in view points. 46 chapters in and I begun to like it. The old english was difficult for me to read and proved challenging at first but by the end learned some interesting old english grammar rules. I would not recommend this book to anyone. Now I'm just hoping that the next book we are assigned is better.
I agree with you on most things. The first ten chapters were very boring, but after the first ten chapters it just got boring. I felt that the book did get a little bit better after the first ten chapters.I also did not like this book, and I probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone either. I feel that the book was very difficult to read as our first book of the school year. For me I think I only read one book over the summer. So, maybe if we read this book later in the year it wouldn't have been too hard to read.
I agree with you about having it later in the year, but I believe the only reason we're reading this book at the beginning of the year is because it goes along so well with our current class topic of manners and etiquette.
This novel was extremely difficult for me to read, I could never seem to truly get invested in it.
AJ, I admire you for not giving up on it even though you struggled a bit. Maybe what I do will help. I like to read the chapters, then check Spark Notes, Gradesavor, Cliff Notes, or any Wikipedia notes. If that doesn't help then watch the movie. If you're still not feeling it then ask some friends. One of the last choices would be to do what I'm famous for...ask questions! Mrs. Hess, hopefully, doesn't seem to mind.
Evelyn, I watched the movie and it seemed to really help! Thanks!
I agree with what AJ said, I couldn't quite ever get interested in what was going on, and at times it was really hard for me to even understand what was going on in the novel.
Rent and watch the movie! It really helped me!
That's fabulous! I'm glad it helped you out.
I agree with both you Mackenzie and AJ. This novel is so hard to follow. It's like every chapter just repeats itself. It's boring and dull and makes you want to rip your hair out.
My reading experience was fine. The first couple of chapters were fine, then it got boring, eventually it got better, then boring, and then better. I noticed that the boring parts did not include Mr. Darcy. For some reason I really liked the guy. There was something about him that intrigued me to continue reading. He seemed like a funny and nice young lad. Some of the characters drove me crazy, but the book was fine. I still gave it a chance. Some of the words or sentences Jane Austin wrote were distracting. It would remind me of song lyrics, something off a movie, or special words someone once said. That made my experience even better! As for the dialect, I think there was nothing wrong with it. I like exposing myself to different eras. It is good to know what times were like and I'm sure it helped all of us. For those who thought this was a "bang" it can only get better. I'm glad that I read Pride and Prejudice, because I can judge the book now. Nothing is better than knowing what you are talking about.
I liked Mr. Darcy too. I felt like he was a realist and understood that the world could be unfair. He seemed to see people for who they were instead of for who they pretended to be.
You definitely hit the spot. Mr. Darcy just seemed like a great guy. Usually I get vibes from people, or characters, and he never sparked a bad flame. He had the ability to see through people and read between the lines. Everyone has flaws, but he and Elizabeth saw the world in a different perspective. I think it helped balance the book
I'm not going to lie, my reading experience was very challenging and I had to literally force my self to read through each sentence without giving up because I refuse to lower my grade! At the end I was pretty proud of myself getting through this book. The lessons in this book were pretty good, and surprisingly they give me a different perspective on life. An example would be with Elizabeth's different experiences. I've learned to never judge a book by its cover or settle for less. Even though this book is a bit old fashioned (well old fashioned is an understatement) it has lessons that can help us as young people too! I can't say I enjoyed the book, but it taught me a lot!
Congratulations! I can agree to every part of that statement. The only reason that you wouldn't get a response is because you completely summarized how we feel about the about this book. Also, this has given me a different perspective on life; I was able to see what it's like through a lady's perspective. So PLEASE tell me I'm wrong!
I think it is safe to say that many will agree that the first ten chapters are a challenge to get through. Once I was able to get through the dry part though I began to enjoy the story line. I still had to force myself to read so that I could be sure to pace myself, but I did enjoy the book. It had a lot going on so it kept me interested but not so much that I got lost.
Look on the bright side, all the information was to excite the climax and finale. For example, the love story between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth would be worthless had the audience not known everything they went through.
We all can understand that the book was a challenge and dreadful. I personally had to force myself to read it and it took FOREVER!!!! But the book had some interesting things. So it wasn't all that bad..........=.=;........ Well, maybe it was.
I'm glad you were able to persevere and get through the novel. I do think that the novel was interesting, and am happy you enjoyed at least a fraction of it. Hopefully you like the next novel better!!
Thank you. I hope the next novel will be be better than the last. :)
My reading experience was definitely difficult. It was really hard to get engaged in this novel at first because of the dialect, but what pushed me through was that my mom kept telling me how this was one of the best books she had ever read, and I ended up enjoying it.
I don't know about anyone else but I personally didn't enjoy reading this book. However it did give me an idea of what people were like back in that time period. I realize now that from then to know a lot has changed. The biggest one is that women no longer need a man to survive. Women have to ability to be independent. This is great because it shows the in-dependency of women and that they are fine without a man standing behind there shoulder.
I agree with you Devin I didn't really enjoy this novel, but I did realize that a lot of things in that time period were all based upon first impressions, and that women can do anything they want, and do not need a man to do it.
This novel was hard for me to get through. My experience with it is very much a negative one unfortunately. It's hard reading something that just doesn't peck your interest.
i can agree with you there Jordan. When ever i read something that isn't any thing i like I have a negative outlook on it.
When I finished the book I realized that I did end up liking it overall but It was very difficult for me to read and it was also very hard for me to follow.
I feel you on that! While I was reading the book, I thought it was alright. Once I finished it, I thought it was more than alright! I'm not exactly sure if I would read it again for pleasure, but it had a good plot.
I like many others had a hard time reading this book at first but as i got closer to the end i found the book more interesting.
What did I learn about myself? What might I do in the future? The best part of the novel is...?What I liked best or least about reading this way? How has blogging helped me or not?