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The Jane Austen Challenge

Hi guys, recently I have been thinking about how I don’t read enough classics and I have so many of them on my TBR (I won’t name names because it’s kind of embarrassing when I think about how many seriously beloved classics I haven’t read.)

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To help me on my road to literary enlightenment I started thinking about my favourite books of all time and what classic would be the best suit me… Well, one of my favourite books EVER is Pride and Prejudice I have read that book so many times I feel like that girl from Lost in Austen (A good TV show, worth a binge-watch) So I was thinking why not start with Austen and go from there?

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Luckily for me and very helpful for this challenge a few Christmas’ ago I was bought a lovely bind up of all the Jane Austen novels. So between now and the end of the year and dare I say it is only five months away I am going to be reading and reviewing all of Jane Austen’s works including a re-read and review of Pride and Prejudice (it’s been a while!)

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Anyone who wants to get involved feel free to do so I am starting with Sense and Sensibility  and will be reading and discussing it this August.

Hope you enjoyed today’s update,

Happy reading everyone!

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The Classics Book Tag

Hi everyone –  I have just seen this Classics Tag over at Erika Bookventureland the Tag was originally created by It’s a Book World. Reading more classics is one of my goals for 2016 but for now here’s a look at the classics I’ve read so far and what I hope to read in 2016 and beyond.

An over-hyped classic you didn’t really like.

I’m really on the fence about Wuthering Heights, I love the story in its self but I don’t think it’s written in the best way. I think it’s the fact it’s being told from the perspective of a guest at Wuthering Heights. Everything that happens to the characters is second/third hand information if it was from Kathy and Heathcliffs POV I think the story would have resented much more with me. I adore the (2009) adaptation with Tom Hardy though definitely worth watching.

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Kathy and Heathcliff (2009)

Favourite time period to read about.

I really enjoy reading about World War I & II some of my favourites are Bird Song and Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman.

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Favourite Fairy Tale. 

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My favourite fairy tale is probably Cinderella the idea of being down on your luck and being rescued appeals to most of us when we’re feeling low. But I can’t deny that Beauty and the Beast comes a close second, Belle is a lover of books after all!

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

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Probably Jane Eyre, thanks to endless adaptations I am very familiar with the story and prefer to read books when I don’t know the plot. But Jane Eyre is on my tbr for 2016 because I’m thinking it’s about time.

Top 5 classics you would like to read soon.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

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Emma by Jane Austen

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (I have actually started this and so far so good, the BBC series is what inspired by to start reading this and Mr. Thornton I just… ❤

1984 by George Orwell

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Favourite modern book/series based on a classic.

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Splintered by A.G Howard is a modern day YA Re-telling of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. If you like Alice in Wonderland, fairy-tales and a love triangle to end all love triangles then this three book series is for you.

Favourite movie/tv show based on a classic.

This is a tough one because there are some great adaptations out there but for me Pride and Prejudice would have to be fave. Mathew McFadden has to be my  favourite Darcy (sorry Colin!)

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Worst classic adaptation. 

The most recent adaptation of Anna Karenina, I am a fan of Keira Knightly  and watch most of her films but this particularly adaptation was filmed in a very particular style almost like it was filmed in a theatre and I just didn’t enjoy it.

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

I love the Penguin English Library editions I already have a few and hope to carry on collecting.

An underhyped classic you’d recommend to everyone.

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Cheerful Weather for the Wedding by Julia Strachey to read my review of the film adaptation click here.

And here are my tags! 🙂

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Hope you enjoyed my classics tag, happy reading everyone!

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Books that I come back to again and again…

I have been hearing a lot recently about books that have made a big impact on us, books that means somethings too us and books we come back to again and again and one name I keep hearing again and again is Harry Potter. Now, I have seen the films and I guess when I was growing up I somehow missed the Harry Potter boat but after hearing what I was missing out on I decided to read the books which before you start guys yes I loved. But this isn’t about what everyone else loves I wanted write about the books that have stayed with me throughout my life and the ones I want to go back to again.

Goosebumps by R.L Stine

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I remember being a child and loving the Goosebumps books scaring my self silly and thumbing the pages again and again. If for some Harry Potter ignited there love of reading the Goosebumps series definitely helped my fire grow into a roaring blaze.

P.S I Love You by Cecila Ahern

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 I love, love, love this novel which I later found out was Ceceila Ahern’s debut written at the age of twenty-one. It is the story of Holly and Gerry two people who were just meant for each other that is until Gerry dies of cancer (not a spoiler), and the series of love letters he leaves behind.  This book is the first book I ever read where I both laughed and cried and I mean real sobbing; it’s beautiful and is still (it has been some years since I first read it) the first book I recommend to people who are after a romance. When the movie came out (sigh) and I know it happens to all of us when our favourite books are adapted into movies but Hilary Swank was just not how I picture Holly and to top it off my favourite, belly laugh moment and tear jerker moment had both been cut from the movie. All I’m saying guys is that the film does not do the book justice read it trust me it will stay with you forever.

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Hilary Swank as Holly

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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My favourite of all Austen’s novel but for me it was the character of Elizabeth Bennett who stayed with me- a strong, independent and free willed woman she is one of my favourite fictional women of all time. I couldn’t mention Pride and prejudice with out at least mentioning Mr Darcy (sigh) I love a good Austen adaptation as much as the next gal but Mathew McFadden will always be Darcy too me. (Sorry Colin)

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Elizabeth and Mr Darcy (2005)

You Had Me At Hello

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This book is a classic case of the blurb does not do it justice and I fear I won’t be able to either but the feels guys oh the feels… You Had Me at Hello is about two best friends who meet at university (boy/girl situation you know the deal) anyway in their last days of university there is some mis-communication leading them to lead very separate lives. Ten years later they are reunited… The story is told in both the past and the present leading up to what separates them and the now. I have read this book so many times, every time my heart is broken and every time I come back for me. It’s probably my favourite contemporary romance novel of all time.

Summer in February by Jonathan Smith

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One of things I love about Summer in February is that it is a true story adapted by Jonathan Smith from the diaries of the main character Captain Gilbert Evans. The book follows a famous colony of artists which included A.J Munnings and Laura and Harold Night. This tragic tale follows the love triangle between A.J Munnings, Captain Evans and A.J’s wife Florence. The books is full of love and art and tragedy and whats more it all true. It been adapted to film starring Dan Stevens and Emily Browning.

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 Gilbert and Florence A Summer in February 

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

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I have only just read and reviews this book so I don’t want to go on about it too much. The reason Me Before You makes it onto this list is that it has stayed with me every where I go Me Before You is in the back of my mind and every time I try to start something new I put it down again because nothing compares to the world I have left behind. Me Before You = Book Hang over.

These are all books that either mean something to me or have stayed with me over time I would love to hear about yours. x