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What Makes a Book Great – A Reflection on Classic Literature

A little rant written several months back, posted since it still reads relatively well.
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It’s sad, but also interesting to see, the lengths that people will go to excuse themselves for not reading any good literature.

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Lolita {Book Review}

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Classics Club Challenge: 3/100

PopSugar Challenge: a book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover (since mine has Lolita’s dangling feet in socks and shoes)

Time period: 20th century

Rating: 4 stars

Warning flag: 2 flags for very sensitive and gross subject material

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The Sign of Four {Book Review}

Time to get caught up with the books I’ve been reading recently!

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Classics Club Challenge: 2/100 books

PopSugar challenge: a book about a hobby, a book about someone with a superpower

Time period: 19th century

Rating: 4 stars

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Vampire Stories {Book Review}

Hey all! I wanted to start getting on top of the Classics Club posts, so I’ll be posting reviews for the latest two books I read pretty quickly. Here is the first of the two.

Did you know that Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker were friends and actually influenced each other’s work? I didn’t know until this book!

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Yet Another Reading Challenge: Back to the Classics

Yes, you may be thinking – Anna, how many challenges are you taking on this year? However, since they mostly all have to do with reading classics, I think they fit.

Basically, this is the challenge. You need to read one book from each category.

Here are my ideas of what I think I shall read for this challenge.

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Another Reading Goal

I just heard about the Classics Club, so I am hopping onto another reading challenge. Basically, you are supposed to read 50+ classics over a 5-year period. I am going to aim for 100 books and see what happens since I know life is going to get very busy once I get my own classroom. But we will see. ūüôā

I’m not going to list all the books I plan to read because I am very much a mood reader, but I thought I would give a starting list of the ones I know I have on my shelf right now (will add more to this list as I go along). Some of these may change and obviously, some will be added, but this is a pretty good starting point.

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Favourite Reads of 2018

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I discovered so many amazing books this past year, including a new favourite novelist (Edward St. Aubyn) and playwright (Nelson Rodrigues). I’m not going to go much further into depth since I talked about almost all of these books in my seasonal check-in posts – look to my blog for those. In sum, I am looking forward to all the books I’m going to read next year!

P.S. Alice in Wonderland is the only book on this list I had already read Рan old favourite.

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Bookstagrammer Life

I forgot to mention on my update-on-reading challenge that I had challenged myself to improve my photo taking and make my instagram a bookstagram. While my phone photo taking is still not great, I have been attempting to keep a bookstagram, so I thought I’d share a couple pictures I took that aren’t too shabby.

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*cough* this actually is my own short story published (x)

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Reads of Fall 2018 (and the reading challenge)

65110Well, I did end up reaching my goal of 60 books this year (I actually read 70)! I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it since I didn’t have time to read during my practicum with grade one this year, but as soon as Christmas break hit, I hit the books. (Well, maybe a week in.) I read a bunch of kid books these months, but it was either something I read to my kids (to save my butt in this read-60-books thing) or some fluff because A. my mind is still recovering from the past semester and B. I need to finish¬†A Series of Unfortunate Events¬†before the last season comes out on Netflix and C.¬†ASOUE¬†is an amazing series so you don’t even get to judge, heathen.

I’m not going to do a top books of this period since I didn’t read many really amazing books, but kudos to the paragraph above because I absolutely love¬†A Series of Unfortunate Events¬†and how these books are not only great for kids, but also pretty great for adults as well.

I did not do the Books ‘N Tunes challenge because none of the books I read this year really gave me any musical inspiration. Except Patrick Melrose (listen to my short playlist here). I even made some music videos for this book/tv series. You can see them here and here¬†(pssst the second one is my personal favourite).

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Reads of Summer 2018

Man, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. My deepest apologies. I’ve got another Anna Rant on the back burner, I promise.

Anyway, on to it.

Top Four of This Period (in no particular order this time)

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

This book was just as incredible, although maybe not quite as good, as The Secret History. Donna Tartt’s writing in this book is just stunning. At times, I felt as if though I were studying a painting rather than reading a book because her description is so vivid – which is quite appropriate for a book that revolves around a painting. This novel is also very character-driven, which I absolutely adore.

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