the haunting of hill house + wuthering heights

Two mini-reviews of recently read books today:

First up is The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. I listened to this one on audio during my commutes the last couple of weeks, something to get me in the Halloween spirit. While I did make it all the way through, I have to admit I often found myself with my mind wandering and not really grasping what was happening in the story. Like, they were all just going crazy being the house, I guess? I honestly couldn’t give you a synopsis or plot points, even after listening to the whole thing. The bits that did stick for me I could tell have made this book a precursor to a lot of horror literature that has come since. The characters were all pretty snotty to each other and defensive. I don’t know if this one was really for me in the long run. Which brings me to…

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. Sigh. I really, really wanted to like this one and read it entirely, but unfortunately after a week of struggling to get through just 50 pages, I think it’s clear gothic classics just aren’t for me. I couldn’t really tell you what happened in those 50 pages, besides some persnickety dude had a nightmare. Otherwise…? Blank. It was just so verbose, my mind glazed while my eyes just went over the words, not absorbing anything. Worst granddaughter ever… although I am sure my gramma would have forgiven me and understood! I will still cherish this copy though, because it was hers.

Wuthering Heights
 was slated to be my pick for the “gothic” category in my Eclectic Reader Challenge this year, but let’s be real—it’s highly unlikely I’m going to finish the challenge at this point (and that’s okay!).

Listened to The Haunting of Hill House audiobook from October 7 to 18, 2014.
Read Wuthering Heights from October 12 to 18, 2014.

2 thoughts on “the haunting of hill house + wuthering heights

  1. I recently read The Haunting of Hill House and was really impressed by how spooky it still was, 50+ years after its writing. But I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as audiobook. I needed to stop reading several times to think over what I just read, which is difficult to do when you’re listening to book.

    • Yeah, I can see that. But for me, with two classics side-by-side both on audio and paper recently… I just had the exact same experience with my mind wandering and not being able to internalize anything that was happening. In Wuthering Heights, I couldn’t even tell the difference between any of the few characters in those first 50 pages. It’s just not a genre for me, I guess! Bummer.

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