BOOK REVIEW: The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer – by Mark Twain

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Title: The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer
Author: Mark Twain

Genre: Classics, Fiction, Middle Grade
First published: 1876
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Finished reading: October 20th 2016
Pages: 225
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“Can’t learn an old dog new tricks, as the saying is. But my goodness, he never plays them alike, two days, and how is a body to know what’s coming?”

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Like most people, I already knew most of the details around the life of Tom Sawyer and I think I might have seen a TV series at some point, but I’m ashamed to admit I had never actually read the original story as it was written by Mark Twain all that time ago. And since I needed to read more classics in the first place, I thought it was a great excuse to finally pick up my copy of The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer. Unfortunately I can’t say I fell in love with this classic. I’m not saying it is a bad read, but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Part of the problem might be that I read it too late; I would probably have enjoyed this story a lot better fifteen to twenty years ago. That said, I did think there were too many religious references to my taste, although that can probably be explained by the fact that it was written back in 1876. But classic or not, I did have a hard time to get a proper feel for the story and it only started to get more exciting after their ‘graveyard adventure’.  Slow start and stronger ending; I guess it would still make a great middle grade, especially for boys.

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Tom Sawyer is not like most of the boys in the Mississippi River town where his lives. He doesn’t really feel like behaving and doing as it is told by the adults around him, and is always looking for a way to escape his tasks. Tom is without doubt very clever, and is able to convince the other boys of just about everything. From the fun in whitewashing a fence to the games they play and the things that happen at school, Tom Sawyer is always a busy boy that normally means he will ends up in trouble. Trouble that might be turning into a really dangerous situation after what happened at the graveyard… But even trouble and danger cannot make Tom to stay away from his adventures and the creativity of his own mind.

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I guess I either read this story at the wrong time or it just wasn’t for me, because I can’t say I was convinced by especially the first part of The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer. It’s not a bad read and I can see why especially younger readers would love this story, but I had a hard time getting into the story. The last part is a lot more exciting though, and the story is quite readable even though it’s written back in the 19th century.

Month In Review: October 2016

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I can’t believe there are only two months left of 2016! Time is seriously going by way too fast… The only good thing is that it means the summer months will be closer, because the weather so far has been pretty bad this spring. Which kind of sucks, because we’ve been trying to revamp the backyard and with all the rain things are going pretty slow. Reading was pretty good in October though, and I managed to read 17 books. I didn’t get to read that many Halloween themed books because I had a lot of pending ARCs, but it could have been a lot worse haha. I’m keeping my fingers crossed November will bring lots of nice weather days and also free time to read! 😉

  • Number of books read in October: 17
  • Total number of books read this year: 160 (+1 reread)
  • Total number of pages read in October: 5.554
  • Total number of pages read this year: 51.755

I had a pretty lucky month when it comes to ratings, with only six books with three stars or below and none of them that bad. I’m still quite behind with my reviews though…It’s nowhere as bad as last month, and I’m hoping I will be back on schedule some time before the end of this month.


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5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now. 
Tow-Truck Pluck – by Annie M.G. Schmidt

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4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 
The Bitter Side Of Sweet – by Tara Sullivan // The Best Friend – by Shalini Boland // The Good Sisters – by Helen Phifer

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4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!
The Coldest Girl In Coldtown – by Holly Black // Faithful – by Alice Hoffman // Worth Killing For – by Ed James // Bad Girls Don’t Die – by Katie Alender // Sanctum – by Madeleine Roux

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3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!
Who We Were Before – by Leah Mercer // Dark Water – by Robery Bryndza

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3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic. 
Safe With Me – by K.L. Slater // Empire Of Storms – by Sarah J. Maas // The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer – by Mark Twain // The Scholl Case – by Anja Reich-Osang // Love You To Death – by Caroline Mitchell

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2.5 STARS: I give this one the benefit of the doubt. Nothing too exciting. 
Ivy Feckett Is Looking For Love – by Jay Spencer Green


In 2016 I initially decided to join in total four yearly challenges. And while I’m almost done with the other challenges (finished the updated Goodreads challenge, yay! 😀 ), I’m starting to get really behind with the Reading Through The Centuries Challenge. Oops! I really need to work on this soon

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other blogging goals…Basically, yet again almost no progress whatsoever besides the fact that I have decided to not finish or update my older reviews. I can’t seem to remember too much about the books I’ve read three years ago in the first place and it doesn’t make sense writing reviews that way. I’m hoping to cross off at least two goals by the end of November, although I already know that won’t be the TBR pile or 5km running challenge haha.

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 5 classics (rereads don’t count): 4/5
  • Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count): 3/5 (the murder complex/never never/veronica mars)
  • Reread at least 3 books: 2/3 (red queen, harry potter y la piedra filosofal)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 200 books: 290/200
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages
  • Read at least 5 books in Spanish: 2/5
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Finish older reviews that haven’t been posted yet
  • Update older reviews to new format
  • Reach 5km running! 2300m/5000m

Happy November and Happy Reading!