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July’s Book Club Pick: Peeps by Scott Westerfeld

I’m so excited to announce this as my book club pick for the month of July! This month I want to read and review books about vampires in preparation for Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer and I couldn’t have picked a better vampire book for this month.

Synopsis

This book is the complete opposite of what you imagine a vampire is. Vampirism isn’t something you contract by being bitten, it’s a parasite that goes into your body. The main character Cal becomes a vampire after having sex with a gothic girl named Morgan. Because we all know, don’t have unprotected sex or you will become a vampire and die. In Cal’s case, he is a one in one thousand case of being a carrier of the disease, without the bad stuff of making him want to eat humans. Instead, he is the carrier of the disease and anybody he has sex with, or kisses, he infects and turns them into a vampire. In this book, he joins the Night Watch and it is his civil duty to capture all of the vampires in New York before they go crazy and wipe out the whole human race. Perfect for STEM majors, nerds of science, and for those who want just a good laugh on what a vampire book is about.

Synopsis From the Publisher

Last year as college freshman, narrator Cal was infected by exotic goth Morgan with a parasite that caused following girlfriends to become vampire-like ghouls he calls parasite-positives “Peeps”. A carrier without symptoms, he hunts his progeny for the centuries old bureaucratic Night Watch. But victims are showing more sanity, pretty human Lacey is pushing his buttons, and her apartment building basement houses fierce hordes of ravening rats, red-eyed cats, and monstrous worms that threaten all. Morgan has the secret to a centuries-old conspiracy and upcoming battle to save the human race.

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Favorite Quotes from the Book

“Haven’t you ever known someone rejected by a lover, who, consumed by rage and jealousy, never lets go? They look on from a distance, unseen but boiling inside. The emotion never seems to tire, this hatred mixed with intense obsession, even with a kind of twisted love.” 

As a bio major, I figured “free will” meant chemicals in your brain telling you what to do, the molecules bouncing around in a way that felt like choosing but was actually the dance of little gears–neurons and hormones bubbling up into decisions like clockwork. You don’t use your body; it uses you.

Are you saying that your fat-ass cat has turned me into a vampire? 

Um, maybe?

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May’s Book Club Pick: Dear Girls by Ali Wong

Genre: Humor, memoir, autobiography
Page Count: 214
Release Date: October 15, 2019

I’m so excited to announce this book as May’s book club pick! For the past four months, I’ve chosen classics and this month, I decided to spice things up. I wanted to choose a book that will make you literally laugh out loud, and just laugh away the pain. Perfect for a great laugh, just before Mother’s Day, this book is a series of stories that Ali Wong had to encounter as a comedian, writing it all her daughters. I hope everyone can join along and read this book with me. After all, laughing is the best medicine.

Where To Buy This Book:

If you are currrently unemployed or underemployed and cannot afford to read this book, email me at readinglitty@gmail.com and I could offer you tips on how to get your hands on this book.

Synopsis

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Ali Wong’s heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters (the two she put to work while they were still in utero) cover everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.

“Fierce, feminist, and packed with funny anecdotes.”—Entertainment Weekly

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Time • Variety • Chicago Tribune • Glamour • New York

In her hit Netflix comedy special Baby Cobra, an eight-month pregnant Ali Wong resonated so strongly that she even became a popular Halloween costume. Wong told the world her remarkably unfiltered thoughts on marriage, sex, Asian culture, working women, and why you never see new mom comics on stage but you sure see plenty of new dads.

The sharp insights and humor are even more personal in this completely original collection. She shares the wisdom she’s learned from a life in comedy and reveals stories from her life off stage, including the brutal single life in New York (i.e. the inevitable confrontation with erectile dysfunction), reconnecting with her roots (and drinking snake blood) in Vietnam, tales of being a wild child growing up in San Francisco, and parenting war stories. Though addressed to her daughters, Ali Wong’s letters are absurdly funny, surprisingly moving, and enlightening (and gross) for all.

How To Join Our Book Club:

Throughout the month, I will be posting a series of blog posts that correlate to our book club pick.

There is no reading schedule, or obligations. All you have to do to join is buy the book and read along with us!

Disclaimer:

This book is intended for readers 18+. Ali Wong’s comedy is known for being crude and speaking about sexual activities without any shame. That’s part of what make Ali Wong so funny, and that’s because she has no filter.

Watch Ali Wong’s Stand-Up

If you want to familiarize yourself with Ali Wong, she has two stand up specials on Netflix.

Or you can watch the series of YouTube Videos.

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Wuthering Heights: Gothic Literature At It’s Best | Book Review

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Author: Emily Brontë Release Date: 1847
Page count: 400
Genres: Gothic Literature, Classic
Themes: Vegnance, Romance, Prejudice
My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Where To Buy This Book

Helpful Links & Tips

Meet All 19 Characters of Wuthering Heights (Spoiler Free). This post was very helpful to identify the character during my reading journey. As I was reading the book, all of the characters and the children of the main characters got mixed together, so it was nice that I had it all organized in one post.

How Carole Baskin and Heathcliff are Both Murders. I had so much fun writing this heavily sarcastic conspiracy theory.

Wuthering Heights Fuled Into Pop Culture. This is a very interesting post on how Wuthering Heights has been brought into pop culture today. 

Synopsis

Literature’s equivalency to Disney’s Maleficent, Wuthering Heights sheds a light into the dark tunnel of Heathcliff. One of literary’s epic villain, Heathcliff intense and wild obsession for Catherine Earnshaw turns into a revenge onto Catherine’s family and her husbands, Edgar Lintons family. Full of dark imagery, characters who come out the page, and a story of how dangerous love can be, this book is a classic love story like no other. 

Synopsis by the publisher

Wuthering Heights is a novel by Emily Brontë, written between October 1845 and June 1846, and published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell. It was her first and only published novel: she died aged 30 the following year. The decision to publish came after the success of her sister Charlotte’s novel, Jane Eyre. After Emily’s death, Charlotte edited the manuscript of Wuthering Heights, and arranged for the edited version to be published as a posthumous second edition in 1850. Wuthering Heights is the name of the farmhouse on the Yorkshire moors where the story unfolds. The book’s core theme is the destructive effect that jealousy and vengefulness have, both on the jealous or vengeful individuals and on their communities. Although Wuthering Heights is now widely regarded as a classic of English literature, it received mixed reviews when first published, and was considered controversial because its depiction of mental and physical cruelty was so unusually stark. In the second half of the 19th century, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre was considered the best of the Brontë sisters’ works, but later critics argued that Wuthering Heights was superior. Wuthering Heights has inspired adaptations, including film, radio and television dramatisations, a musical by Bernard J. Taylor, a ballet, operas (by Bernard Herrmann, Carlisle Floyd, and Frédéric Chaslin), a role-playing game, and a 1978 song by Kate Bush.

Do you recommend this book? Should I read this book?

If you are a huge fan of romance, tragedies, and gothic literature, this book is a must. Wuthering Heights has been known to inspire many romance novels, tv shows, and movies. 

But this book isn’t for everyone. You either love it or you hate it. Many people hate this book because of Heathcliff. Heathcliff is a dark character who has many flaws and enemies. It’s also important to note that in this book, Heathcliff has a past, and one of the beauties of this book is that it tells the reader about Heathcliff. He’s one of those characters that no matter how destructive he can be, it’s nearly impossible to turn away. 

I would read 50 pages of this book, and if you don’t like it, then you can put it away. 

Which Edition Should I Read?

My recommendation is the Norton edition, linked above. The Norton edition has introduction essays, definitions to vocabulary and phrases, and translations. Especially since this book uses old english, this edition really makes it worth your buck.

If you don’t mind the old English, and you think you got it, any edition works! Just remember that this book is in the public domain, meaning it’s free to read and to print and reproduce, so if any edition is charging you too much, they are scamming you. 

Things to consider before you choose to read the book:

  1. This book uses old English.
  2. This does show dark elements of animal cruelty, mental and physical abuse, and bullying. 
  3. This book is narrated by more than one author so it may confuse the reader. 
  4. The book moves back and forth in time. 

Favorite Quotes:

Do you mark those two lines between your eyes; and those thick brows, that, instead of rising arched, sink in the middle; and that couple of black fiends, so deeply buried, who never open their windows boldly, but lurk glinting under them, like devil’s spies?

Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! . . . It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul

I’m tired of being enclosed here. I’m wearying to escape into that glorious world, and to be always there: not seeing it dimly through tears, and yearning for it through the walls of an aching heart: but really with it, and in it.

Follow the next page for an in-depth, spoiler book review. 

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Wuthering Heights Fueled Into Pop Culture

Wuthering Heights is a hardcore classic novel. For those who don’t know, Wuthering Heights is a dark novel written in 1800s by Emily Brontë, a novel that uses darkness to tell a story of a revenge plot just because he didn’t get the girl he wanted. But why didn’t he get the girl he wanted? Well, because he was different. Heathcliff was an orphan with a dark complexion, working at a farm. Socially, he was “white trash” and for those reasons, rich people treated him like shit, including the girl that he loved, Cathy. Catherine loved him, but she cared more about her social standing  than Heathecliff.

Does that story line sound familiar? That’s because Wuthering Heights has influenced television shows, books, movies, and even poems. Here are some of the works where I have seen Wuthering Heights be a strong presence in.

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How Carole Baskin and Heathcliff are Both Murders

Disclaimer: The following claims are alleged, and are for entertainment purposes only.

For those who don’t know who Carole Baskin is, she killed her husband. Carole Baskin is the reality star of Netflx’s Tiger King. For the purpose of this blog post, that is all you need to know. Everything else will be explained below. 

For those who don’t know who Heathcliff is, he killed Hindley Earnshaw. Heathcliff is a fictional character to our book club’s pick, Wuthering Heights. 

In this blog post I will present all of the evidence that they both share, and demonstrate how they are both murders. 

Exhibit A: They were both alone with their victims prior to their deaths/disappearances

In Wuthering Heights, it was Heathcliff who was the last and only person, left alone with Hindley. 

House servant, Joseph explained that when he left the house, Hindley was still alive. 

 “I’d rayther he’d goan hisseln for t’ doctor! I sud ha, taen tent o’ t’ maister better nor him—and he warn’t deead when I left, naught o’ t’ soart!”

For those who can’t read Yorkshire accents, Joseph said, “I would rather that Heathcliff had gone himself for the doctor! I should have taken care of the master better than him – and he wasn’t dead when I left, nothing of the sort!”

Now Joseph is always honest. Plus, whether or not if you believe this, house maids know all of the gossip. They do not lie. 

It’s interesting to note that Hindley was not dead before Joseph was gone because if Heathcliff was smart, he would kill Hindley when they were alone. In other words, Hindley shared his last breath with Heathcliff. Plus they live in Wuthering Heights, in the moors, where it’s all wilderness and nobody miles away could hear anything. 

In Tiger King, Carole Baskin was the last person to see her husband before he “left to Cuba.” Carole Baskin said that he had to leave early early in the morning, the night before his disappearance. 

Since Carol Baskin was the last person to see or even talk to her husband, that further emphasizes that’s she’s a suspect to his death. Why Carole Baskin the last person to speak to her husband? Why is the alibi too short of a description?

Exhibit B: Their alibi’s don’t make sense

In Wuthering Heights, Hindley is said to have killed himself when he locked himself in his bedroom and died of alcoholism. 

I happened to leave him ten minutes yesterday afternoon, and in that interval he fastened the two doors of the house against me, and he has spent the night in drinking himself to death deliberately! We broke in this morning, for we heard him sporting like a horse; and there he was, laid over the settle: flaying and scalping would not have wakened him.

Heathcliff

What bothers me the most about the alibi is the “fact” that Hindley died of drinking himself to death. Is that even possible? My whole Mexican family drinks alcohol all night long, and they don’t die. The only way that Hindley could of died of drinking too much alcohol is if he had chocked on his own throw up, but from the description that the killer says, it doesn’t show that. 

In Tiger King, Carole’s husband is said to be disappeared and there is not one single piece of evidence that shows his whereabouts. Detectives went to Cuba to look for leads, and found nothing. In the years of his disappearance there must be some sort of evidence that backs up the idea of his disappearance. As of now, Florida detectives haven’t concluded a strong theory that indicates his disappearance.

The only evidence that they both share is their word on the victim’s account. 

Exhibit C: The end result are both the same: they both inherit property

In Wuthering Heights, after Hindley’s funeral, Heathcliff becomes the sole inheritor of Wuthering Heights. After all he did want his revenge right?

The guest was now the master of Wuthering Heights: he held firm possession, and proved to the attorney—who, in his turn, proved it to Mr. Linton—that Earnshaw had mortgaged every yard of land he owned for cash to supply his mania for gaming; and he, Heathcliff, was the mortgagee.

In Tiger King, Carole became the sole inheritor of the Tiger enclosures in Florida. She could of killed her husband so that she could take over his money and property. 

Exhibit D: They both cannot be trusted

In Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff becomes violent. In the book, Isabella, Heathcliff’s wife, receives bruises from Heathcliff. 

add to this a deep cut under one ear, which only the cold prevented from bleeding profusely, a white face scratched and bruised, and a frame hardly able to support itself through fatigue; and you may fancy my first fright was not much allayed when I had had leisure to examine her.

Heathcliff has also killed his wife’s dog and the only thing that Don’t Fuck With Cats has taught me is that when someone murders an animal, they will most likely murder a human being. 

In Tiger King, that whole series are reasons why I do not trust Carole Baskin. But my main reason why I do not trust her is for being a hypocrite. Carole Baskin claims to being a big cat rescuer and advocate when she has her big cats in cages. Practice what you preach CarolE!

Also according to history, we cannot trust anybody who is white and from Florida.

Exhibit E: They both don’t show any remorse

In Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff does not show any emotion for the loss of Hindley.

I insisted on the funeral being respectable. Mr. Heathcliff said I might have my own way there, too: only, he desired me to remember that the money for the whole affair came out of his pocket. He maintained a hard, careless deportment, indicative of neither joy nor sorrow: if anything, it expressed a flinty gratification at a piece of difficult work successfully executed. I observed once, indeed, something like exultation in his aspect: it was just when the people were bearing the coffin from the house.

In Tiger King, CarolE isn’t seen crying, or expressing any emotions of missing her husband. Like didn’t she love him? Doesn’t she miss her husband?

Exhibit F: They Both Had Their Victims Declared Dead As Soon As Possible

In Wuthering Heights, the day that Hindley is found to be dead, he calls his lawyer, the holder of the deed of Wuthering Heights, Kenneth. It might of not been explicitly told that the day that Hindley died, Kenneth was brought to the scene, but Nelly was there when Kenneth declared him dead. 

“Hindley Earnshaw! Your old friend Hindley,” he replied, “and my wicked gossip: though he’s been too wild for me this long while. There! I said we should draw water. But cheer up! He died true to his character: drunk as a lord.

Kenneth

In Tiger King, it was explained that in Florida, a missing person could not be declared dead until five years have passed. It wasn’t until five years and a day that Carole had the death certificate paperwork into motion. This all seems calculated on Carol’s side of trying to go after the money and the property, just like Heathcliff. 

Exhibit G: They both have motives

In Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff has been mistreated by Hindley all through out the book. Hindley makes fun of him, Hindley locks Heathcliff in his room, took Heathcliff out of school to work on the farm, etc. 

In Tiger King, it is said that Carole Baskin and her husband were always fighting, and her own husband had a fear that she would one day kill him in a police report. I mean, if that isn’t evidence than Joe Exotic can really sing.

In conclusion

In conclusion, my evidence shows that both Heathcliff and Carol Baskin are both murders. I rest my case.

What do you think? Do you think Carol Baskin and Heathcliff are murders? Let me know down in the comments!

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Meet All 19 Characters of Wuthering Heights (Spoiler Free)

This portion of the blog post is spoiler free! You may read the character descriptions, not be spoiled by the descriptions, and inspire you to read more of Wuthering Heights.

There are a total 19 characters in Wuthering Heights. It may be much, but there are so many family trees, many characters that have similar names, and characters who have the same name. Before I begin introducing you all the characters of this wonderful book, here is a family tree for you to familiarize the families.

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April’s Book Club Pick: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Page Count: 344

Genres: Suspense, Romance

Themes: Love, Infatuation, Good vs. Evil, Violence and Revenge.

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Book Club Agenda

Every week for the month of April, I will publish book club content to enhance your reading of Wuthering Heights.
Week One: Meet the Characters
Week Two: How Wuthering Heights Influenced Pop Culture
Week Three: Let’s talk about the major themes. How Heathcliff and Carol Baskin Are Murderers
Week Four: Wuthering Heights Book Review

How to Join the Book Club

Just by you reading our book club pick, you’re already in the book club! You can read at your own pace, and all posts will have spoiler warnings. You are also encouraged to join the Facebook group in which all book club members will be welcome to join the conversation, take part on quizzes and polls, and help us pick our book club pick for May!

Synopsis

Perhaps the most haunting and tormented love story ever written, Wuthering Heights is the tale of the troubled orphan Heathcliff and his doomed love for Catherine Earnshaw. The windswept moors are the unforgettable setting of this tale of the love between the foundling Heathcliff and his wealthy benefactor’s daughter, Catherine. Through Catherine’s betrayal of Heathcliff and his bitter vengeance, their mythic passion haunts the next generation even after their deaths. Incorporating elements of many genres—from gothic novels and ghost stories to poetic allegory—and transcending them all, Wuthering Heights is a mystifying and powerful tour de force.

Quotes

If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.

He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.

I have not broken your heart – you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine. 

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Join us tomorrow for Meet the Characters of Wuthering Heights.

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The Bluest Eye | Book Review

Author: Toni Morrison

Release Date: 1970

Page count: 206

Genres: Fiction, African American Literature

Themes: Beauty, Whiteness, Seeing vs. Being Seen, Sexual abuse

My Rating:★★★★★

Where to buy this book:

I read this book as part of my book club pick for the month, and I do not regret choosing this book for the month of March. This book has everything one can hope for: wit, humor, beauty, tragedy, and imagination.

Synopsis

This book focuses on the story of Pecola during the Great Depression. Pecola is a young black girl who has an abusive father and a mother who finds comfort in her job of caring for a white home. Pecola is often mocked for her dark skin and prays for blond hair and blue eyes. In this novel, you read the story of Pecola when she was taken care by another family, learn the backstory of Pecola’s parents, and ultimately, the meaning of beauty, race, and class. 

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March’s Book Club Pick: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Page count: 206
Publication Date: 1970
Genre: Fiction, Classic American Literature, African American Literature

I’m so excited to announce this book as the book club pick for March. March is women’s empowerment month, and I wanted to choose a book that fully encompasses that.

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February’s Book Club Pick: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This is one of my favorite books of all time and I’m so happy to announce this months book club pick. Last month’s pick was Lolita and it was an interesting read, but many readers found it hard to connect with the text in the beginning. But this month, I wanted to choose a book that goes in theme with Valentine’s Day, but also a book that is more than just a romance book. This book talks about family dynamics, feminism, and about the theme of “money talks.” So please please please, join me this month in reading this classic.