Top Ten Tuesday: Classic Books I Want to Read

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I’m not particularly a fan of classic books. I struggle to read smaller font sizes and unfortunately the text in classic novels is normal tiny. However, here are my top ten classic novels that I think I should probably read.

  • Peter Pan by J.M Barrie.
  • The Other Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Hopefully I’ll read a few classics this summer as I will be getting the reading list for my A Level English course tomorrow. What are some of your favorite classics? Are there any you recommend?

Erin

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Flashback Friday: Maximum Ride

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This weeks Flashback Friday is about one of my all time favorite book series, Maximum Ride by James Patterson. If you are not familiar with the concept of the series, I shall explain. Max and her adopted siblings escaped from a medical testing facility. They have been there since they were babies. They are every day children, apart from one distinct difference. They have wings. They have been living fairly secluded in the mountains, but now the doctors want them back, and they will go to any lengths to find them.

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I really enjoyed this series for 2 reasons. Mainly because although they are billed as YA, 8 year old Erin enjoyed them immensely. They were easy to read and the thrilling story line kept me occupied for hours. Secondly, I enjoyed them because they raised some serious issues that I really enjoyed learning about. Obviously there would be the issue of medical ethics, but it also raises the issue of discrimination.

I have looked at how many books are in the series and I am missing the last one. Guess what I’ll be going out to buy later. I honestly recommend this series if anyone is looking for a bad ass female lead and action fueled adventures.

Erin

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Flash Back Friday: The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge

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My Flash Back Friday is The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. I remember this book being given to me by my cousins after they were done with it. I placed it on my bookshelf and didn’t look at it for about a year. Big mistake. When I finally picked it up again I could’t put it down. I had a serious book hangover after I finished this one.

When orphaned young Maria Merryweather arrives at Moonacre Manor, she feels as if she’s entered Paradise. Her new guardian, her uncle Sir Benjamin, is kind and funny; the Manor itself feels like home right away; and every person and animal she meets is like an old friend. But there is something incredibly sad beneath all of this beauty and comfort—a tragedy that happened years ago, shadowing Moonacre Manor and the town around it—and Maria is determined to learn about it, change it, and give her own life story a happy ending. But what can one solitary girl do?

I expected this book to be similar to The Secret Garden, but I was mistaken. Goudge invented a beautiful fantasy world full of magical creatures. The story is led by a feisty heroine who you can’t help but fall in love with.

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I do have a few issues with the book. It is a very typical fairytale, in which everyone lives happily ever after. No that this is necessarily a problem, it’s just that I prefer a book with some dramatic plot twists. The book does take a few sharp turns, although reading it now I can see they are quite obvious.

I would recommend this book for younger children and people who don’t particularly want a hard read. It’s nice to sit outside and read it in the garden for an afternoon. I’m going to give it 4 stars.

Erin

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Flashback Friday – The Secret Garden

My first Flashback Friday Post is going to be about one of my all time favourite books, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It’s a classic tale of mystery and childhood tragedy and is truly enlightening. It is beautifully written and the cover art is always stunning, no matter what edition you pick up. In case you have never read it, or just haven’t gotten round to it yet, I shall leave an excerpt from the blurb.

Mary Lennox, a disagreeable and unwanted orphan, has been brought to live in her uncle’s huge house on the Yorkshire moors. It is a bleak place, where strange sounds echo through the corridor at night, and the servants are not allowed to speak to her. Most mysterious of all is the walled garden that has no door. But Mary has found the key – so there must be a way in…

It is intriguing why this book keeps drawing me in, as the whole genre is not my preferred reading material. I prefer modern YA books and this seems far from it. Although it is a lot closer than you would think. The story follows a young girl, whose personality is less than desirable, as she grows up and develops into someone who is kind, caring and considerate. This kind of coming of age novel is common on the bookshelves of teens and whilst The Secret Garden was first published in 1910, it still holds the same values. Maybe they’ve just been updated a bit for the modern times.

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Yay for awesome cover art

Another reason why I love this book is the characters. The Yorkshire dialect of  Martha and Dickon really help to add a depth to the story. The fact that their accents are so perfectly written is vital to being able to imagine the characters as if they are in front of you, and helps to set the scene. Whilst it takes a while to get used to it helps develop the characters so much more.

I have a personal connection to this book as I first read it when I was about 8. Foetus Erin was obsessed with adventure and having just moved into a new house with a rather large garden, was extremely eager to go on one. I spent days fantasising about finding a place like this. My parents were probably glad as it meant I helped to dig up the weeds. However, when I was about 12 disaster struck. I took my beloved copy into school one day and lost it. I was devastated. Thankfully my mother is wonderful and managed to buy a new copy with the exact same cover. I never did get to go on that adventure though…

I definitely recommend checking this book out if you haven’t already, or re reading it if you have. It has a beautiful story line and amazing characters that will keep you occupied for hours.

Erin

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