Happy Sunday everyone!
It’s been a long week- put your feet up, make a cuppa (That’s English for make a cup of tea!) and indulge yourself in a good book!
I have a ton of new releases I cannot wait to share with you! I have been given ARC copies to review and have a few wonderful author interviews coming your way! So, before my blog goes into a full modern swing, I thought I would take you back in time…
… And revisit some forgotten classics!
How can classics be forgotten you ask? Well, I understand that yes- they have stood the test of time, been read by millions and are still very popular today. However, I ask you to stay with me…
I bet there are classics you have always wanted to read but haven’t got around to it. I bet perhaps some classics you believe are overrated, or even over-read so that there is nothing new to say about them. Have you any misconceptions about classics? What makes a classic a classic? Oh! So many questions! I am guilty of abandoning classics every now and again, but I have always picked them up again and got to the end… (eventually!).
I have a huge classic collection (ranging from special editions to old broken ones I have saved from recycling!) and I think it’s amazing that these stories are hundreds (even thousands) of years old!
Here is what I would do if you’re sceptical of reading a classic: pretend it’s not a classic. It sounds strange but trust me! I have a list of classics I think would be perfect for anyone beginning their classical journey, or for anyone who has read every classic going!
The cover image (which you guys voted for on Instagram!) is Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories. First published in 1902, this book is a collection of children’s short stories. Think you’ve heard of him before? You probably have! He also wrote The Jungle Book! Although considered children’s literature, I think this book is perfect for fans of collections such as Aesop’s Fables, but with a Kipling style twist!
“What is this,” said the leopard, “that is so ‘sclusively dark, and yet so full of little pieces of light?” – Just So Stories
This next book is one which you’ve probably all heard of (yet it’s not the first one that comes to mind when you mention the authors name!) That’s right, it’s Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. Published (anonymously) in 1811, it was incredibly successful! And yet the majority seem to favour Pride and Prejudice (can you blame them? I LOVE Pride and Prejudice, it’s hard not to!) So why not try and give Sense and Sensibility a go and explore the adventures of the Dashwood sisters and where life takes them.
“I come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is and always will be…yours.” – Sense and Sensibility
I am sure you will know this one, it’s probably one of the most well-known classics there can be! Published in 1847, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte remains one of the most notorious novels of the Brontes. I was lucky enough not to know the story (or the twist) the first time I read this, however even if you do know the plot, but haven’t read it, you will still be baffled I assure you! There is more to this story than just a dark gothic plot twist- this is the story of a girl who strives to rise above it all with her feisty yet lovable nature.
“I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.” – Jane Eyre
Another Bronte! Wuthering Heights (also published in 1847) by Emily Bronte is also up there on the famous classics chart. I initially found this story hard to read but it is worth it in the end! A lot of people love it (I mean, Kate Bush even sang about it!) and the plot was original for its time. The Bronte sisters generally evoke darker themes in comparison to Austen but remember- they are from different generations. I would say Austen is witty, and the Brontes are brave. I would give this typical Yorkshire novel the time of day! You may be surprised!
“I have not broken your heart – you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine.” – Wuthering Heights
And last, but not least, is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. Published in 1938, this is a story of an unspoken woman, questions that shouldn’t be answered, and secrets that don’t want to be revealed. I honestly adore this book and think it’s a treasure! Daphne Du Maurier (Granddaughter of George Du Maurier, Author of books such as Trilby). This glamorous novel is bound to change even the most sceptical of readers into classic enthusiasts! I would definitely give it a go!
“But luxury has never appealed to me, I like simple things, books, being alone, or with somebody who understands.” – Rebecca
I hope you’re enjoyed today’s post! You can learn a lot from the past, even stories told millions of times are re-told for a reason.
On World Book Day (March 1st) a lot of you also commented what you were currently reading, and there are some classics in the mix! Here are some of your answers!
@reetzy_ writes ‘Currently indulged in The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon’
@ljwrites85 said ‘Happy world book day too! I’m currently reading The Hunt For Dingo by PJ Nash’
@giorgia.hunt wrote ‘…Currently devouring She by H. Rider Haggard for my end of year thesis’
@mirandan90 says ‘Still working on A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. Almost done!’
Twitter and Facebook also got involved with classics popping up including Great expectations, Pride and Prejudice (no doubt it always comes up!) Harry Potter (all of them!) The Lord of The Rings (of course!) and some popular modern authors kept cropping up too including C. L. Taylor, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett (hero) and Stephen King.
Thanks for getting involved everyone! I am immersing myself in Bram Stoker’s Jewel of Seven Stars! Happy reading! Lx
Thank you to my wonderful assistant Kay who braved the weather to help me on this photo shoot!