The Classics Book Tag

Phew- I don’t know about you, but it’s been a busy week/weekend for me! Glad it’s Sunday- it won’t be long before the madness starts up again! Thank you so much to Charley @ Books and Bakes for tagging me to do this one! She runs a lovely and you guys should all check it out!! 

An overhyped classic you didn’t really like:

Hmmm, this is hard, cos I rarely think Classics are overhyped- usually with classics I can see the appeal, even if I didn’t like them. But I’m gonna be honest and say I do not like or get Pilgrim’s Progress. Just yeuch- I can totally live without it.

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Favourite time period to read about:

Hmm hard- I’d say, late Victorian, because it has everything from Wilde to Hardy! (and Dostoevsky if you go abroad).

Favourite fairy tale:

I *love* the Little Match girl by Hans Christian Anderson

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What is the most embarrassing classic you haven’t read? moby dick

Quite a few- I’m gonna steal books and Bakes answer here- it’s really quite embarrassing, but I haven’t read Moby Dick either.

Top 5 classics you’d like to read soon:

Ooh time for a guilty look at the classics that have been on my tbr forever *cracks knuckes*…

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I have literally no idea why I haven’t read these yet!!

Favourite modern book/series based on a classic:

Hmm that’s a really hard questions! I tend to really hate adaptations of classics into modern settings (yeah, I’m that person). I can’t think of a single book I’m afraid.

Favourite movie version / TV series based on a classic:

I *love* the BBC versions of Bleak House and Pride and Prejudice.

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Worst classic to movie adaptation:

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The Wuthering Heights 2011 movie was literally the worst thing I’ve ever seen. Partly cos it mostly focused on animal torture, partly cos it had child sex, but also oddly enough cos the person that made the film thought it’d be really “unique” to not include a soundtrack (I can’t remember where I heard this- probably my musician sister- but it kills a movie not to have music *somewhere*)

Favourite edition(s) you would like to collect more classics from:

I also love the penguin soft cloth!!

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An under-hyped classic you’d recommend to everyone:

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What a great question! Armadale- it’s a really exciting, slightly twisted Wilkie Collins book- go read it!

I tag:

Emily @ Rose Read

Louise Loves Books

Lost Art of Reading

Briana & Krysta @ Pages Unbound

MiRakelBooks

And that’s all from me for today! Happy *all the things* that are going on today! (Spring/Easter/Pesach) And what is your favourite underrated classic? Let me know in the comments!

The This Is My Genre Tell Me Yours Book Tag

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Hello all! Quick survey- how many people woke up today and thought “thank goodness it’s Friday?” Anyhoo time has been passing me by and for some completely unacceptable reasons it’s taken me forever to get to this tag…. I’m gonna rectify that right now!!

Thank you so much to the awesome creator (and total badass) Drew@ TheTattoedBookGeek (I mean, how could he not be a badass with that name?) for tagging me!! I am super excited to do this!

The Rules:

  • Credit my bad bad self Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek as the creator of the tag, use the created tag name graphic and link back to my blog.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag as many people as you want.

No long list, simple really!

 1). What’s your favourite genre?

So I wouldn’t say I have a favourite genre per se- I could reel off a whole load of genres right now, but for the sake of this tag I want to talk about something a little under-represented in the blogging world: Classics!

(Plus I feel like a lot of my other favourite genres have been getting a lot of love from this tag already!)

2). Who’s your favourite author from the genre?

Haha- again I have a lot more than one! But I’m gonna go with two that I absolutely love and are totally polar opposites: Thomas Hardy and Jane Austen

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3). What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?

How deep they are- I always feel like Classics teach me more about life than living does. Reading a classic is an opportunity to stretch my brain a little

4). What’s the book that started your love for your favourite genre?

Gosh- I don’t remember! Rebecca maybe?! It was a long time ago!

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5). If you had to recommend at least one book from your favourite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?

It depends on whose asking! I often recommend Picture of Dorian Gray and the Yellow Wallpaper- simply because they’re widely accessible, full of drama, and a perfect example of the exquisite beauty classics have to offer! Plus some people expect that classics are all stuffy and boring- but gothic books are the complete opposite! And as a bonus- they’re super short, so are very accessible to non-readers!

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6). Why do you read?

So many reasons- escapism, to understand the world a little better, to make sense of things

I tag:

The Bookish Underdog

Codie

Bookidote

Book Adventures

Captain’s Quarters

Closet Readers

Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them

The Not Really Adventures But the Adventures of the Constantly Dazed Unicorn

River Moose Reads

Kimmiegg

And for everyone else- what is your favourite genre? What do you love to read? Let me know in the comments!

#SaveTheClassics

Hello all!! I’m back from my work trip and have the day off to catch up on sleep- so naturally here I am talking to you guys. While I was away, I was tagged by the lovely LibroLiv to join in the #SaveTheClassics conversation and I was really excited when I heard about it.

I wasn’t aware of the project until I read LibroLiv’s post– but the second I heard about it I knew it was right up my street. As LibroLiv said, Classics really don’t get enough attention these days. Personally, I think Classics bashing seems to be a bit in vogue right now- whether it is with people criticising the writing style or saying the subject matter is out of date. And that is a real shame for so many reasons. Not only are people missing out on all there is to learn from these great works of literature, they are also ignoring the great tradition from which all literature follows. For me, Classics aren’t just a way of looking back at literary history- they underscore everything that has been written since.

It is therefore a pleasure to find a post like this- thank you so much to LibroLiv for tagging me and making me aware of this project! I’m really looking forward to answering these questions- so without further ado…

The Rules

  1. Answer a few of the questions below. You don’t have to answer all of them if you don’t want)
  2. Link to the project: clickhere.
  3. Tag three bloggers/friends that might like this challenge and continue it.
  4. Use the hashtag #SaveTheClassics
  1. What is your favourite classic book?

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That is such a hard question! Let’s be honest, I have many favourites- but since I have to pick one, I’ll give Daniel Deronda a mention, since I don’t feel like I talk about it enough (okay, I may have given it a shout out a few dozen times before, but whatever)

  1. If your life was a classic, what would it be?

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Haha oh dear that’s a hard one- I don’t know if I can actually answer that honestly- I guess there’s some similarities with Alice in Wonderland, cos my life can be weird and wacky and unpredictable.

  1. With which writer from the past would you like to have dinner?

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Oscar Wilde- can you imagine how much fun that would be? He was one of the funniest, most entertaining writers that ever lived and I bet he would he would make the best dinner party guest imaginable.

  1. Which classic literary character best describes you?

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I reckon I relate most to Peter Pan- because let’s be honest, I never want to grow up and I don’t expect I ever will.

  1. What’s the first classic that you read?

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I reckon it was Rebecca because it’s one of my mum’s favourite books and it was one of the first books she recommended to me.

  1. Which classic book could be the best gift?

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Since I’ve had this as a gift and I know how happy it made me to get it, I reckon this is a great one to choose. Not only is it exquisite on the outside, but the illustrations on the inside are glorious too.

I tag:

Zezee

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books

Jill @ Rant and Rave about Books

Donna @ Chocolatenwaffles Blog

Nicole @ Sorry I am Booked

Claire @ Art And Soul

Books and Bakes

Keira @ Signing On

Words and Lyrics

Hiraethforthepages

Hope you all have a great Friday! And there is still a few hours to enter my 500 followers giveaway- you can do so here.