The Classics Book Tag

Did I find another tag that I really wanted to do? Of course I did.

Have I read had as much as I wanted / intended to read during my week off? That would be a no. Visiting home and spending time with family that I hardly see is great. I get to see everyone and catch up which is amazing. However, my reading time just disappears.

So instead of a review (which I do intended to write as soon as I finish a book) a tag will have to do.  Maybe at some point over the next few days I will have finished The Summer Garden by Paullina Simons! This is doubtful and I’m only on the second chapter and I’m sure the book is over 700 pages long.

While scanning through old blog posts regarding classics I stumbled across It’s a Books World‘s blog. Check out the original post. It’s a shame that she no longer run the blog!

The Classics Book Tag!

1. An overhyped classic you really didn’t like:

This is an easy one! Ulysses by James Joyce. This is one of the worst books I have ever read. Grated I was forced to read it for my Masters a few years back and I can confirm that the 12 weeks Ulysses course we had to complete was the worst semester at university ever.

To be honest anything by James Joyce is not for me.

 
2. Favourite time period to read about:

I don’t think I have favourite time period. I love history too much to pick. It really does depend on my mood at the time.

 

3. Favourite fairy-tale:

How can you pick just one? I am partial to a Beauty and the Beast re-telling though!

 

4. Which classic have you not read yet that you’re embarrassed to admit to?

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  I have just never got around to picking it up and I find this really embarrassing.

 

5. Top 5 classics you would like to read soon?:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

 
6. Favorite modern book/series based on a classic:

I haven’t read many classic retellings unless we go down the fairytale route. I did enjoy Uprooted by Naomi Novik.

Although, there are a few modern twists on classics that I want to read too including:

Winters by Lisa Gabriele – This is a Rebecca retelling. Rebecca was originally written by Daphne du Maurier.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White. Most people will gather that this relates to Mart Shelley’s masterpiece Frankenstein.

 

7. Favorite movie version/tv-series based on a classic:

There are way too many for me to go through! Way too many.

Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Tess of the D’urbervilles (2008) I cannot locate a trailer

Testament of Youth

I FEEL LIKE I SHOULD JUST SAVE THIS FOR AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT POST FOR ANOTHER DAY BECAUSE I COULD JUST GO ON FOREVER WITH THIS!

 

8. Worst classic to movie adaptation: 

The Alice in Wonderland adaptation that came out in 2010 with Johnny Depp. It is one of the worst films I have ever seen.

 

9. Favorite edition(s) you’d like to collect more classics from:

The penguin clothbound classics. I have dreamt about owning all of them. I just don’t think it will happen.

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COVERS EVER!

 

10. An underhyped classic you’d recommend to everyone:

I really really enjoyed Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen and you cannot forget Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

 

11. What is your favorite classic of all time? 

Of course this could change at any point but from when I first read Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy when I was 17 it has had a special place in my heart!

 

Your turn…

 

Who doesn’t love a good classic?

 

Lucy xx

 

Book Reader Problems Tag Post

I am determined to make the most of my week off before I start my new job next week. So I am hoping to post at least one post a day.

For today’s blog I have come across a tag that I fancied doing.

I found this on Booklovingnut‘s page. Have a look at their blog!!

This is the Book Reader Problems Tag

So here we go:

1. You have 20,000 books in your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?

I tend to pick up the book that I fancy at that particular time. If I am not in the mood for it I tend to struggle with it.

Saying that I also I have book jar. I intend to read at least one book from the jar a month. However, it is important for me to state that this does depend on my monthly plans. The books included in my jar range from classics that I just haven’t gotten to, to new releases.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

I have a theory. Time is too precious to waste (Yes. I know it’s not specifically mine but it is a good one to live by).  Why should I read a book that I am not enjoying? I believe that time should be spent reading the books you enjoy. You never know they might end up on your favourites list in the end and you won’t regret it at the end.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge, do you try to catch up? And if so, how?

It doesn’t phase me if I have not reached my target goal by the end of the year. Anything could have happened to take your reading time away from you. Take last year for example. I lost two members of my family in a short space of time. I didn’t have the time to read. With travelling between home 1 and home number 2 and work full time in between I had no time to myself. What little time I did have honestly, I didn’t want to read. How can you expect a person to complete something like this when there are genuinely more important things going on in their lives?

4. The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?

This one is super easy to answer. I don’t!  I recently persuaded my mum to read a series so that I could switch the books over before she started reading them just so my series matches. The perks of having family in a different city. I suppose. You can’t really lend and borrow books.

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

I don’t tend to bond with people. Is this weird? I appreciate everyone has different options and I respect those that others may have even if I don’t agree. I love it when others think differently as it starts so many conversations and debates.

6. You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?

I’ve been on the metro on my way to work when this has happened so many times. I tend to stop reading and call someone to distract me. I usually ring my sister. We can chat for a while once we get started so it is easy to avoid crying in public.

7. The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?

It depends on how much time I have spare. Most of the time I don’t have a minute to myself so I’ll read reviews and synopsis’ online to recap.

8. You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?

I live too far away for my family to borrow books and I live with my husband to be so I have nothing to worry about there as he doesn’t read (as irritating as this is). If friends ask to borrow my books I tend to refer them to the used section on Amazon as it’s cheap. I don’t lend my books out to many people. There has to be a strong trusting relationship before I would maybe consider it.

9. You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

This depends on how bad the slump is or what has caused it. Recently, I have started asking for recommendations from others. I will ask them to tell me their most recent 5 star read to see what all of the fuss is about. 

Moreover, romance or contemporary are great genres for me to go to when I’m in a slump as they can be quick and easy to read.

10. There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?

It depends. On payday I tend to preorder / buy any books that I really really want. If I’m short of funds I will wait. This is not an issue for me. I suppose this one of the perks of buying a house and having a wedding to save up for. I can no longer be irresponsible with my pennies.

11. After you purchase all of the books that you’re dying to read how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?

This also depends on what I am currently reading.

I am not going to lie there are books from series’ that I have started and loved over the past few years and the new instalments are still on my TBR shelves untouched. I’m a proper mood reader. If I don’t fancy it, I won’t read it. This is why I introduced the book jar into my life so there is at least one book a month that I have to pick up to clear the shelf. Though I am beginning to think the shelves will never be clear.

 

Please copy this tag and post it yourself. I’m really interested to see what fellow readers are like in these situations.

Lucy xx

 

 

 

Six For Sunday – An Ode to my Favourite Genre

Steph from A Little but a Lot  hosts a weekly prompt called Six for Sunday and this week’s topic is ‘An Ode to my Favourite Genre’.  

I don’t have a distinguishable favourite genre. When I pick up a book it always depends of my mood at that particular time. Of course there are a few genres that I am not a fan of but I don’t tend to read them.

However, there is always one genre that I can can go back to at any time. Especially when I’m stuck for something to read or I need something to help me out of a reading slump and that is contemporary literature.

Here are six reasons I love to read contemporary:

  1. The characters are relatable
    I have read so many contemporary books that have both helped me and taught me so much about the world and other societies around me.
    Contemporary books give you an insight of topical issues that you may not be aware of.  Personally, they have given me tips on how to deal with certain things that have affected me over the past few years. For example grief and anxiety.This leads me onto reason number 2.
  2. Contemporary novels deal with real life topics that some people may be uncomfortable talking about
    Like I have already said, contemporary literature tend to focus on topical issues that people face within society and/or in their personal lives. Topical subjects can be a hard thing to write about and I think it is really inspiring when authors tackle these subjects. From mental health and disabilities to race and sexuality I love how there are authors out there focusing on these areas. They are ultimately teaching people things they did not necessarily know about the topic that is being covered.Several years ago I was really struggling with my anxiety. After trying to speak to people about it I was ignored and fobbed off. It made to feel stupid and an outcast. I was made to feel like it was wrong to feel the way I did. I got the stereotypical comments when I spoke to people too. For example, “Well, you seem fine to me.” or “There is nothing wrong with you stop thinking about it, it’ll go away.”   I had no one to turn to and contemporary books helped me deal with my issues. They gave me the confidence to stand up for myself and my mental health.
  3. They can be super emotional
    Every so often I just need to have a good cry and contemporary books are good at brining out my emotional side.Of course they make me laugh they make me angry but they also make me happy. I do love a good emotional rollercoaster. You just get all the feels through a contemporary book.
  4. You watch the characters grow and l earn to understand themselves and the world they are in
    I know this is a popular happening in most genres and I think it is a super important thing in all books but there is something about it happening in contemporary. Especially when you watch them battle their demons, no matter what they are.
  5. THE ROMANCE!
    Everyone knows I love a bit of romance and contemporary literature brings all the love dovey romance.  I love seeing relationships grow throughout books and contemporary is a great genre to watch relationships develop.
  6. They are easy to read
    Contemporary books tend to be easy reads…well at least some of the time. They are easy to fit into a busy working week which is great. I have read so many books that take up a lot of time and when you’re an adult a lot of the time you don’t have much free time to yourself. I need to allocate a lot of my time for work, chores and family/friends time. This genre is easy to fit into my busy schedule and it doesn’t feel like an effort when I’m reading.

 

What is your favourite genre and why?

Lucy xx

 

WWW Wednesday

This meme was previously hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. It has now been taken over by Taking on a World of Words Have a go..I dare you. You just have to answer the three questions  and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at here.

The love is to be shared so once you have completed your post visit the other blogs to see what is going on in there world.

Without further ado here is my WWW for Wednesday 20th March 2019.

The Three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


 

What are you currently reading?

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Tatiana and Alexander By Paullina Simons
(The Bronze Horseman #2)

Tatiana is eighteen years old, pregnant, and widowed when she escapes war-torn Leningrad to find a new life in America. But the ghosts of her past do not rest easily. She becomes consumed by the belief that her husband, Red Army officer Alexander Belov, is still alive and needs her desperately.

Meanwhile, oceans and continents away in the Soviet Union, Alexander barely escapes execution, and is forced to lead a battalion of soldiers considered expendable by the Soviet high command. Yet Alexander is determined to take his men through the ruins of Europe in one last desperate bid to escape Stalin’s death machine and somehow find his way to Tatiana once again.

Goodreads 

 

 

What did you recently finish reading?

The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman, #1)

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
(The Bronze Horseman #1)

The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler’s armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.

Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander’s impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.

Goodreads

Only Ever You
Only Ever You By Siobhan Davis

RYDER

My entire life is a lie, propelled by one wrong decision that altered my fate.

If fans knew the truth, they’d run away screaming. But all they see is Ryder Stone, moody guitarist and lead singer of Torment, and a potential notch on their bedpost.

Only two people know who I really am. My manager has a vested interest in keeping my secret, and the girl I was forced to leave behind doesn’t even know the true extent of my shame.

Losing Zeta is both my biggest regret and my proudest moment. But she was the glue keeping me together, and I’m struggling to survive without her. Especially when demons from my past continue to haunt me and the threat of disclosure is ever present.

When she reappears in my life, this time, I’m too weak to push her away.

Her love has the power to save me.

Mine has the power to destroy her.

ZETA

I’ve worked hard to forget my past. To rise above my messed-up childhood and make something of myself; however, there’s no forgetting him.

Ryder’s gorgeous face and drool-worthy body are plastered over tabloids and TV screens, reminding me I’m still in love with the boy who captured my heart in juvie.

When he failed me, I thought I’d never again experience such heart-crushing pain. But watching him fall out of clubs with a succession of different girls renews the agony, resurrecting countless unanswered questions.

Now my boss has sent me to interview him. It’s a massive scoop for the magazine, and turning it down would kill my career. So, I delude myself into thinking I can handle this.

Perhaps this is the closure I need to finally move on.

Except I’m terrified nothing has changed and one look into those soulful eyes will suck me in again.

Ryder almost destroyed me last time. This time, he could ruin me forever.

Goodreads

 

43517044Slashes in the Snow By M. Never
(Baum Squad #1)

𝐊y

Three years ago my father walked away. Away from our MC, all his responsibilities, and me. We haven’t spoken since the day he handed me the keys to the kingdom.

Shoved them down my throat was more like it.

I hate him, and the new family he’s playing house with. He left his entire life behind for a woman he barely knows. But I’m strong, resilient, and don’t need a damn soul to survive.

At least, that’s what I thought…until she walked into my bar.

𝐊𝐢𝐫𝐚

Someone is watching me. I can feel it. I wake up in the middle of the night freaked out of my mind, paranoid a stranger is there. My skin prickles every time I leave my house, because I know someone is following me.

I’m afraid. Alone. And there’s only one person left to turn to.

The stepbrother I never met. The man my stepfather speaks so highly about, but never sees. He’s the president of a notorious motorcycle club, and exactly the kind of person I need to protect me.

Little did I know, Ky Parish, freakin’ hates my guts.

Goodreads

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

608216The Summer Garden By Paullina Simons
(The Bronze Horseman #3)

Through years of war and devastation, Tatiana and Alexander suffered the worst the twentieth century had to offer. Miraculously reunited in America, they now have a beautiful son, Anthony, the gift of a love strong enough to survive the most terrible upheavals. Though they are still young, the ordeals they endured have changed them–and after living apart in a world laid waste, they must now find a way to live together in postwar America.

With the Cold War rising, dark forces at work in their adopted country threaten their lives, their family, and their hard-won peace. To regain the happiness they once knew, to wash away the lingering pain of the past, two lovers grown distant must somehow forge a new life . . .or watch the ghosts of their yesterdays destroy their firstborn son.

The Summer Garden . . . their odyssey is just beginning.

Goodreads

Your turn…

 

Lucy xx

 

My Bad Reading Habits

I have been challenged with the task of sharing my top 5 bad reading habits by fellow blogger @ginasbookshelf.

Taking my feelings out on my Boyfriend

Let me explain. When I am immersed in a book I get irritated easily by the smallest thing.  For example how a character behaves or reacts to certain situations throughout a book can set me off. Whether it’s because their actions change the course of the story so my theories are wrong or they’ve just been absolute morons, if something I don’t like happens I’m probably going to end up in one of my moods. This will result in me slamming my book down, taking a huff and stropping at my boyfriend. It has got to the point where he knows the signs of my mood changing and he thinks it is hilarious.

Folding page corners

This is pretty self explanatory. I don’t do it regularly but when I’m out and about and I cannot find something to use as a bookmark, I will fold the corner of my page down. Once I’ve done it I instantly regret it. I tend to do it most often when I have lost track of time on the Metro. I’ll be so engrossed in a book that I will nearly miss my stop and before the doors close on me I’ll jump up and run. When this happens there will be no time for me to search for an old Metro pass or bookmark in my bag.

Skim reading

This is a skill I learnt whilst I was at university and although it can be pretty useful it has become a bad habit. When I get to a part of book that is dragging I tend to speed over it. Additionally, I skim read an awful lot whilst reading a duel perspective novels. If I cannot find a connection with a certain character or I find them annoying, my concentration dwindles and I skim through the chapters so I can get to the parts I enjoy. There is nothing worse than reading a story from the point of view of someone you dislike.

Reading the end of a book before officially DNTing it

I was told a while ago by a close friend that I should stop forcing myself to complete books I’m not enjoying and focus on reading books that I like. Before DNTing a book I do skip through to the end to see what happens. I can admit this is probably not the best habit to have pick up. I always keep the unfinished books for a while just in case I want to give it another chance in the future but by reading the last chapter to two I know where the story is heading and it can ruin it.

Putting a book down to start an anticipated new release

It doesn’t matter what books I am reading if one of my most anticipated releases comes out I will stop reading one of my current reads so I can start the new one. I usually read two books at a time (one book for home and one book for my travels) and the book that I substitute will be the one I am enjoying the least. I hate this habit and I have always wanted to break it but I just can’t seem to do it. I get too excited and I’m clearly not a patient person when it comes to books.  I will pick the book back up…eventually. I think that I currently have three half finished books on my to be read shelf.

 

Thank you for the tag Gina!

 

This was so much fun to think about. Maybe it’s time to start breaking some of these bad habits.

 

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