The Classics Book Tag

I haven’t been tagged to do this, but another blogger that I follow completed this tag, and it looked like it would be right up my alley. So here we go:

An overhyped classic you didn’t really like.

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

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I lucked out and never had to read this in high school or college, but attempted it a year ago just to see what all the fuss was about. And there was fuss among my fellow creative writing students and teachers. This book was one of those really difficult ones that everyone felt superior for having read. But after attempting it, I have to say that I really can’t see what all the fuss is about.

Favourite time period to read about.

 

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Regency England. I’m not sure if this stems from a long time love of Jane Austen or what, but I just love read everything about Regency England. Mostly the clothes. In fact, a large part of why I love classics and historical fiction so much has to do with the clothes.

Favourite fairy tale.

I’m honestly not that big into fairy tales; at least the traditional ones. I’ve read some good retellings of eastern european fairy tales that make me want to read the original. Here they are, if you’re interested:

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Firebird by Mercedes Lackey

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

Dracula by Bram Stoker

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It’s disappointing now, because I feel like I missed out on a lot of classics that everyone else read in high school and college. I seemed to always be in the class that switched it up and read the non-standard book instead of the classic. But this is the biggest one that I haven’t read. I even have a copy, because I intend to read it, but I just haven’t gotten to it yet.

Top 5 classics you would like to read soon.

Favourite modern book/series based on a classic.

Longbourn by Jo Baker

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While looking up some modern retellings and books based on classics, I’m realizing that I haven’t read too many. I’d love to change that. But one that I have read that I really enjoyed was this book, which is about the servants from Pride and Prejudice. This is a really interesting take on the story, since the servants are very much in the background in Pride and Prejudice, but in this version they are very much in the forefront. It gives the story much more of a Downton Abbey or Upstairs Downstairs vibe, which I really enjoy.

Favourite movie version/tv-series based on a classic.

Worst classic to movie adaptation.

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

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I like a lot of the Barnes and Noble classics editions, especially the newer ones. They older ones are simple and classic, but they’ve come out with a lot of newer editions that use really interesting artwork and cover design.

An underhyped classic you’d recommend to everyone.

Persuasion by Jane Austen

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It’s definitely the least talked about and most overlooked of Austen’s novels, and it’s probably my favorite one.

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Happy reading!

Alyss

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The Jingle Bell Book Tag

This is my first holiday tag ever, so thanks to Stephanie from Adventures of a Bibliophile for tagging me. Hopefully I’ll get to do a couple more of these over the month, and get my blog a little bit more into the blogmas spirit. Here we go…

“All I Want For Christmas Is You…” – What book do you want to see under the Christmas Tree?

I’ve had my eye on Lauren Graham’s new book, Talking as Fast as I Can, and Hannah Hart’s memoir Buffering. I know that’s two books, but they’re on a similar theme, so I think it’s appropriate.

“Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time…” –  What book that you have read this year have you enjoyed the most?

I’m going to cheat again slightly, because I read the Imperial Radch trilogy earlier this year, and I don’t know if I can pick just one out of the three. This is probably the best sci-fi series I’ve read, and I recommend it to anyone who likes sci-fi.

Elf – What book unleashes your inner child?

Honestly, talking about any book or series that I read as a child unleashes a bit of my inner child. But I think Harry Potter has always been a big one for me, since it was such a big part of my childhood and teenage years.

“It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” – Which book has most festive look to it?

This may not be a traditionally holiday-oriented choice, but my leather-bound copy of Wuthering Heights looks pretty festive, in my opinion.

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(photo courtesy of Barnes and Noble)

The Grinch – Your favourite villain…

I really don’t know if I can answer this, since I’m the kind of person who really hates villains, and goes through the whole book getting really anxious about why the villain is doing all of the things they’re doing. Maybe I’ll just pick Iago from Othello, since I was kind of partial to how often he broke the fourth wall.

The Holiday – Name your favourite TWO couples…

Claire and Jamie from Outlander and Simon and Baz from Carry On.

What book would you like to give as a present to your followers?

I’m reading a really great historical fiction book at the moment, called These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly, which I would definitely recommend. I would also buy it for everyone if I could.

I would like to tag Shley from Cats and Candy, and anyone else who would like to do this tag as well.

Hopefully you enjoyed this. It was hard to think of my favorites, but I still enjoyed it.

Alyss