Sunday, 9 July 2017

The Classics Book TAG

Hello dear readers,
I don't want to start another post with apologies regarding my absence, but here I am apologising nonetheless. I've come to realise that I actually like to write my blog during colder weather, when I can sit comfortably in my room with a cup of hot beverage by my side, rather than in the summer time, when I am more likely to forget my having a blog to write. It might seem weird but it really is a true. I seriously forget it time to time. Also, my eyes are getting worse and I try to minimalize my time in front of a monitor. A least before I'll be able to get a new glasses. So please be patient with me...
I do have quite a few book reviews to write but honestly I don't feel like it right now. And when I was thinking about what I could post about, I remembered this tag that I've been actually working on in the past but never got around finishing it. And since my answers have changed altogether, I decided to do it over. I love talking about classics, so I thought it could be fun to share some of those with you. I hope you'll enjoy it. And don't hesitate to participate in this tag as well. Or you can share your thoughts and opinions with me in the comment section down below...

1.) An overhyped classic you really didn't like:
I am so sorry to admit that I really didn't like Closely Observed Trains by Bohumil Hrabal, especially since it is considered such a valued classic in my country. I had to read it in high school and I remember I had been paining throughout the whole book. Even though it's quite short a book, it had seemed so long at the time and I just wanted it to end so badly. It might had been my being quite young to appreciate it back then, but more likely it's just not my type of book regardless of my age. I didn't enjoy the humor and some parts were downright gross. So even though I was going to give the book another try, I haven't been very keen to do that over the past five years since I graduated. Well, someday maybe...

2.) Favourite time period to read about:
That would be the Regency era of Jane Austen's novels and then Victorian England from the books by Charles Dickens and the Brontë sisters. Now, when I come to think about it, it's basically any English literature, really. My experince of living in England hadn't been as romantic as the life there appeared to be in my favourite novels, but I still love to visit London and other English cities and towns throughout my reading...

3.) Favourite children's book and fairy tale:
So my favourite children's book is surely Charlotte's Web by E. B. White. I actually read it only recently, but I've been thinking about the story quite often ever since then. It's so lovely and sweet, and though heartbreaking, it also warms me up whenever I remember the friendship of Wilbur and Charlotte. I would like to encourage everyone to read this book. It's never too late... And my favourite fairy tale is definitely The Snow Queen. There's everything in it. Love, family and friendship. It's about a strenght of a character and about the importance of belief and hope. And it's also about the world iself. The nature and changing seasons. It's just perfect...

4.) What is the most embarrased classic you haven't read yet?
Okay, now it woud be good for you to brace yourself for the fact that I have yet to read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I know, it's such a shame that I haven't read it. Especially since I've bought three different copies of the book. But don't worry I am going to put it to right as soon as possible...

5.) Top 5 classics you'd like to read soon:
So lets put Alice's Adventures in Wonderland on the first spot here. I would also like to read another beloved children's classic that is Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov is, too, very high on my TBR list, since I've heard so many great things about it from Daniel Radcliffe. Okay, that sounds like he recomended the book to me himself. Well, he didn't. But I am very intrigued by his claiming this book his favourite. So I really want to read it soon. Next I would like to finally crack up Middlemarch by George Eliot as well as Shirley by Charlotte Brontë. Obviously, I've got more classics on my list but these five are my priorities at the moment...

6.) Favourite book/series based on a classic:
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler is my ultimate favourite. I love the book and the movie just as well. I watch it, like, every month, and yet I still can't get enough of it. I don't know what this obsession of mine is about. There's just something about the story that I absolutely adore. The characters and their conversations. The book club thing going on. It's just perfect and it always provides me with comfort...

7.) Favourite movie/TV-series based on a classic:
That would be the BBC version of Sense and Sensibility. I love it so much and I could definitely watch it every month just like The Jane Austen Book Club. In my opinion it really does the original novel a justice.

8.) Worst classic to movie adaptation:
To tell the truth I really am not a fan of The Day of the Triffids from 2009. I've tried to watch it a couple of times but never been able to finish it. I actually love the book, but this movie is a big "no" for me. I mean, the actors are really handsome and all that, but otherwise it's absolutely uncomperable with the original novel...

9.) Favorite edition(s) you'd like to collect more of:
I love the new design of Macmillan Collector's Library that my copy of Peter Pan is from, so I would definitely like to collect more of these editions in future. Also, my goal is to complete my collection of John Wyndham's books published by Penguin.

10.) An underhyped classic you'd recommend to everyone:
I would say Heidi by Johanna Spyri. It's such a beautiful, comforting and inspiring story, which people tend to neglect because of more known children's books, but I think it deserves a recognition from every reader...

2 comments:

  1. I haven't read a lot of classics, but this is a lovely book tag. Your blog is wonderful as well. I love the design and your photography is gorgeous.

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    1. Oh, thank you, dear Katy, I am really glad to hear that... :-)

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