So I participated in Classicsathon this month which was run by Lucy the Reader on Youtube and Twitter and amazingly enough I followed and finished a TBR!
I really enjoyed the reading as well!
Me: I’m not really a classics reader. They just don’t do anything for me, you know?
(Actually reads the books.)
Me: These are so good! Why don’t I read more classics?
I already talked about the creepfest that is Oz and how I will never look at the ruby red slippers the same way again. (Their not red in the book but silver!) It felt so wrong 🙂
I also read Anne of Green Gables for the first time and really loved it! Actually I listened to the audiobook read by Rachel McAdams and I would totally recommend that. Anne is adorable and I couldn’t help but think I would totally adopt her. I love a character with imagination!
Also I couldn’t help but quickly think she would totally tire me out.
The only thing that made me sad was the ending and how quickly they blow through Anne’s childhood. I knew this book was part of a series and for some reason I thought it would stretch out longer. But there’s probably something to be said about how quickly children grow and we leave that part of our lives behind us.
Me: Why have I never read this sooner?
Also I must admit I’ve already bought some art work with that Isn’t it magnificent to live in a world with October’s quote. Yes, Anne. Yes, it is.
Am I the only one that always finds someone (or a couple of someones) in Jane Austen’s books that is completely punchable?
I read Pride and Prejudice earlier this year and I’ve heard good things about Northanger Abbey and it’s mystery obsessed heroine whose imagination goes a little bit haywire when she visits a friends impressive and mysterious home and wonders how the woman’s mother really died.
Also I am now convinced that I would make a dreadfully awful Austen heroine? Do these people ever stay home? It’s one social engagement or gossiping about the engagement after another. Someone should write an updated version where the Austen heroine is transported into our time and meets Netflix and Kindle.
I also finally, finally read Rebecca. I think this book has been on my Kindle since 2014 or even longer. It’s about a young girl who marries a man she just meet goes home with him to Manderley meets his scary housemaid and lives in the shadow of his dead wife Rebecca.
I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Perhaps because that marriage is just so… bad. I mean really she actually compares herself to the dog at one point and they only seem to really come to terms after a confession that would have sent me running for the hills.
There is a little part in the back that talks about how it’s not really supposed to be a love story but our narrator basically giving herself up for a man and then watching the trailer for the Hitchcock movie talking about how its one of the great romantic classics.
I’m glad I marked it off my list however and I really enjoyed participating in Classicsathon. I do plan to make more of an effort in reading the classics going forward instead of just brushing them off with a, “Oh no, that’s not a book I would like.”