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.
Tess of the D’urbervilles (2008) I cannot locate a trailer
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.
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!
Who doesn’t love a good classic?