Classic Book Tag

I wasn’t tagged by anyone but I thoroughly enjoy watching these tags on YouTube that I thought I’d participate.  I’m always on the lookout for tags that translate well to a blog and this is one of them.  Besides, who doesn’t enjoy a good classic?

The tag was started by TheSkepticalReader  and BeyondthePages. Take a look at their channels if you want to see their responses.

1. Why do you read Classics and how often do you read Classics?

I started dipping my toes in the waters of the classic world sometime last year when I discovered book blogs and Booktube.  There were so many interesting reviews.  I found my favorite classic of all time through one of these mediums.  As to how often I read classics?  not as often as I want to considering there are so many that I need to get through……

2. What is a period/country/culture that you haven’t read many classics from and would like too?

I’m going to say Portugal.  I know that there are other countries that I have not read any books from which I am sure have a rich history.  Portugal is my country of birth and therefore I always feel that I need to read more of our classics in order to remember where I came from.

3. Which modern book do you think will be a classic in 100 years time?

I really enjoyed Rules of Civility by Amor Towles.  I’m not really sure what makes a classic except that there is that something that other books do not have.  I feel that Rules of Civility has it.  Even the cover is great and has that classic look.

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4. What was the last classic you read?

Rebecca was the last classic I read.  It seems like an eternity ago.  but I’m making my way through the list of classics on my TBR list.

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This is the story of a young woman who while in the employee of a wealthy woman meets and falls in love with a gentleman who is also wealthy.  Although they barely knew each other they married.  The story follows her as she discovers a deep dark secrete which starts to unravel as she steps into the home of her new husband.  This book kept me at the edge of my seat.  Still one of my most favorite classics of all time.

5. What was the first classic you ever read?

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery.  My father used to read it to me and when I learned to read I read it to him.  I have also given this book as a present to all my nephews.

6. Favorite classic book cover.

Most of the classics I’ve read are on my eReader and since they are classics a lot of them are either free or a very inexpensive price and therefore they don’t really have a cover with any designs.  I may have forgotten the covers of the ones that are still boxed up in the basement waiting for my bookshelves to be ordered and installed.  This is my long way of saying that I will have to skip this answer.

7. Classic authors you wish had written more books

Anne Bronte.  She only wrote two novels.

8. Least Favourite classic

I absolutely hated Animal Farm by George Orwell.  I first read it in College for a political science class and I remember not liking it.  I thought it was because someone was making me read it.  I picked it up last year again to see if, in fact, it was as good as everyone claimed and I’m sorry to say (not really sorry) I didn’t like it at all.  It just didn’t’ connect with me.

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9. Favorite translated classic

I think I will have to say that the Little Prince is the most favorite translated classic.  However, just so I don’t keep saying the same thing over and over again I’m also going to mention The Art of War by Sun Tzu.

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10. Favourite modern classic (published after 1900)

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë.  The story of a woman who moves to a small town with her son to get away from an abusive situation.  She struggles to make ends meet but is determined to make it work.

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Then there are a few Portuguese classics by Eça de Queirós.

11. Classic literary places you would like to visit

  • Menderley from Rebecca (are you shocked?)
  • Narnia from Chronicles of Narnia

12. First classic you would recommend for a child?

Because it’s my favorite I would recommend The Little Prince.  However, there are others.  While in college I took a children’s literature class and I really enjoyed The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

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13. Classics you think are mistitled and what would you title them?

As much as I tried I could not think of anything.

14. Your favourite classic you’d like to recommend to everyone.

I know that many may disagree with me but I will have to say that I have recommended Rebecca to everyone.  I think it’s a great introduction to the classics.  I think many people don’t read classics because they are often difficult to get through due to the difference in language.  The reason for this is that we continuously recommend the same difficult books.  I think Rebecca was “easy” to read …. not a fluffy type of ease.

I hope you enjoy this tag.  I’m making my way through two books right now Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen  and Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë.

 

25 Bookish Facts About me

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I thought this would be a great way to break the ice.  Why an I blogging about books, who am I?  Do you care — well if you don’t maybe this blog post isn’t for you.

I saw this tag on YouTube and thought it would be fun to post…. let’s just say I don’t have a review this week and I need content…. fine you caught me!

  1.  I’ve always loved reading.  As a kid, I used to stay up past my bed time, under the covers, with a flashlight, because I just had to finish the book I was reading;
  2. I feel really behind on American Classics since I was not born in the US.  I am trying to catch up now;
  3. I sometimes write in my books – always in pencil but I find that I need to make notes in order to remember important and sometimes not so important passages for my reviews;
  4. I don’t use reading as an escape.  More of a “day at the spa;”
  5. Sometimes I buy books because they look pretty;
  6. When undecided about a book I open it up to a random page and read a few pages to see if I want to buy it.  It doesn’t always work;
  7. I love that I can get samples of books before buying them; One of the best things about e-books.
  8. I can’t sit and listen to an audio book.  The voice always puts me to sleep.  So, unlike many people who tend to listen to books while commuting to and from work, I am not able to do that because I just fall asleep;
  9. I’m still waiting to buy my bookshelves.  My books have been in boxes for the past 3 years since we moved to this new house;
  10. The first book I read in English was “Go Ask Alice.”  It’s about a young girl in the world of drugs.  I remember really liking it and re-reading it over and over again.  I was so proud of myself when I was able to read it without the dictionary;
  11. The best length for a book is between 300 to 400 pages;
  12. I’ve been thinking of writing a book since high school;
  13. I used to write little illustrated books in primary school when I lived in Portugal and I can’t draw to save my life but I thought these were the best;
  14. No one else in my family likes to read.  Sometimes that feels so lonely;
  15. My competitive nature makes it difficult to watch too many booktube videos….. How do they read so much?
  16. I don’t understand the fascination with Young Adult books;
  17. I’m never sure what to do with a dust cover.  Do I remove it or do I leave it;
  18. It’s so annoying when the cover keeps moving around;
  19. I’ve never read any of the Harry Potter books;
  20. Because I don’t want to!
  21. I never remember the names of authors.  Even if I love the book;
  22. I don’t understand people that can’t DNF a book.  If you don’t like it, put it down and move on to the next one… unless it’s your job to review the book;
  23. Readathons make me crazy.  It’s too much pressure;
  24. Anna Kereninna has been a challenge for me for the past 3 years.  I still didn’t read it and it’s still sitting on my TBR staring at me.  Even my best friend makes fun of me every year; and
  25. I think schools should concentrate more on reading and less on sports.

I hope you enjoyed this little bit about me.  It wasn’t easy to think about 25 things book related about me.

XoXo

Ana

 

A Book Reader’s Tag

I saw this tag at Spines and Covers blog and since I have not fished the book I plan on reviewing next, hopefully this weekend, I decided a tag would keep you interested and maybe you can join in on the fun…. come on, join in.  I’d love to hear what you think.

True to myself, I’ve decided to make up additional questions and take out some as I didn’t feel I had anything of interest to say in response.  I hope you enjoy this tag since I think this is a great way to get to know each other and keep me posting without having to feel the pressure of finishing a book.  Books are meant to be enjoyed and I don’t want to rush through them.

How long does it take you to read a book?

Hmm this really depends.  Some books I can fly through them and others it takes me a while.  I’m not a faster reader to begin with so sometimes it can be frustrating if I start comparing myself to others.

Books you haven’t finished.

There are a few.  I’m not going to include the ones I have no intention on ever finishing.  Life is too short to read books I don’t enjoy.  Notice I didn’t say that think they are bad books.  I just don’t think they were meant for me.  Here are two of the books I have started, intend on finishing but haven’t gotten around to it.

 

Hyped/Poplar books you don’t like.

Hmm to name a few…. These I know for a fact I don’t like.

 

I hated Animal Farm.  So much so that I think I’d like to read 1984 but I’m afraid that I’m going to hate it also.

Classics you did not enjoy.

There are the ones that I was forced to read in school.  Honestly, I don’t even remember the stories.  I don’t think I was in the right frame of mind to read them or perhaps it was the wrong time in my life.  High school is probably not the best time to attempt these classics….. Just saying!!!!!  I think if I were to read some of these now I’d probably enjoy them.

Most favorite children’s books?

The Little Prince will always have a special place in my heart.  I think this was the first book my father ever read to me and it will always be special.

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In college I needed to take a literature class.  I was a senior, taking 18 credits and working part time.  I wanted to make sure I wasn’t going shoot myself in the foot for having waited that long to take this requirement.  I decided on a class in Children’s Literature.  I wound up loving that class and read one of my most favorite books of all time.

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Hope you enjoyed this little tag.

Have a great rest of the week and look for the new book review coming soon…. hopefully this weekend.

XoXo

Ana