1. My favorite classic is-well there are a couple. I loved To Kill a Mockingbird and Gone With the Wind.
2. The classic I had the toughest time finishing was without a doubt Anna Karenina. I just could not finish reading that book.
3. I would recommend ….to someone who doesn’t read a lot of classics or doesn’t generally like classics so much (like me-LOL)-To Kill a Mockingbird and Gone With the Wind definitely-both are great books and easy to read. I’d also recommend Jane Eyre which is a good story to start off with.
4. To me a classic is a book that stands the test of time and gets recommended over and over again and will still be here years from now.
5. The type of relationship I have with classics is—hmmmmm, not the greatest I’ll admit. I usually feel I’m missing out on something by not reading more of them yet I have a hard time getting into them most of the time. I think this is a great challenge to get us reading more of them though because they are great pieces of literature and many of them I’d like to say I have read in my lifetime.
Ok, I’ve decided to join a challenge. I see so many on other blogs. I’ve decided to join this one on Trish’s blog and I think if you click on this link you’ll even get there here, although I don’t know how to make it pretty like others do by it just saying ‘here’. LOL. I’m new to all this linking and all that stuff so this will be a bit of a learning experience for me I think. LOL-I still have to figure out how to link this post to her blog. That should be interesting.
My main goal is to actually read a few of the classics I have on my shelves. I keep saying I want to but never get to it so this will be a good way to get them off the TBR shelf onto the read shelf.
Here is my list:
1. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
3. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
4. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte or
5. War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy or
5. Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
6. Bonus-Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, Atonement by Ian McEwan, Life of Pi by Yann Martel or House of Sand & Fog by Andre Dubus.
I read Little Women and Anne of Green Gables when I was much younger. I’m anxious to read them as an older adult and see how my interpretation of them has changed. As you can see I’m wavering on my fifth book. I’ve wanted to tackle War & Peace for years so I’m going to bat that back and forth for a while before I decide. Same goes for my bonus book-it’ll be one of those four (all on my TBR shelf), which I’ve wanted to read for ages. My first two selections are actually books I’m going to be reading for my bookclub so this works out perfectly for me.
Anyhow, I’m looking forward to tackling these and to seeing what others have to say about the classics. Truthfully they’ve never been a favorite of mine but still something I’ve wanted to read in my lifetime.
What a great novel! This is one of those books that when you finally close it after that last page, that last sentence; you are truly sad to see it end.
The main character, Tessa, is very likeable as are her friends. This story encompasses all emotions-happy, sad, angry and tearful. It really is a book that seems to follow real life people with real life things happening to them.
Tessa is a thirty-something woman who goes on the emotional journey of her life and in the end comes to realize many things about herself and what she needs to do to take care of herself.
It shows us the importance of true and close friendships and what we need or should do to hold those relationships together. It shows us the benefits to being single or married and how both have good points. It shows us the longing of some people to have what all their friends seem to have but that they can never seem to attain.
They describe this book as a notch-up on the usual chick-lit and I have to agree. It delves deeper into the emotions of the individuals than you usually find in those type of books or at least I think so and I enjoy chick-lit. It’s not just a light read, it’s more of a drama with the funny chick-lit stuff thrown in.
I already miss Tessa and all her friends. I’m hoping that there may be a sequel and we’ll be able to find out where Tessa eventually lands in this journey we call life. I would absolutely recommend this book to other readers.
I really enjoyed this newest romance novel from James Patterson. It always surprises me that a man who writes suspense/thrillers can manage to come up with a novel such as this. He has many sides to him. I think I agree with one of my PT friends, Fe, that Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas was better but this one runs a really close second for me.
This novel spins mostly around Jane who as a youngster has an imaginary friend Michael who basically was there to guide her through a turbulent childhood as her mom was a famous Broadway producer with no time for her daughter. However, at 9 years old, Micheal has to leave Jane. She is supposed to not remember him at all but she does and she never forgets him. Later on after she’s grown up, Michael is on a sabattical from being an imaginary friend and he comes back into her life shocked that she hasn’t forgotten him.
What ensues is a romance between the two and other things along the way. Both Jane and Michael are really likeable characters, especially Jane who’s hilarious. This book makes you think and dream about pure and true love such as Michael and Jane shared. It’s a beautiful story well worth reading.
As James Patterson’s son Jack says in the beginning of the novel to his daddy when he’s leaving on a trip and asks him if he’ll miss him, he responds with: ‘love means you can never be apart’. I love that and it’s so true, whether a person is far away or maybe passed on, they are always as close as our hearts…