Photo by Siora Photography on Unsplash * I've found myself in a very strange place recently, a place I never thought I'd find myself. It began when I started to read The Kill by Émile Zola a couple of weeks ago. Not being a very long novel, I anticipated it wouldn't take me too long to get through … Continue reading To Read or Not to Read Two Books at Once
Classic readers are a lucky bunch when it comes to book covers. Almost universally, classic books are covered in great artworks or designs, that add an extra special treat to having a great book on the bookshelf. This blog post is going to be light on words but big on pictures, so enjoy the following … Continue reading Book Covers to Make People Envious of your Bookcase
Well, it took me 3 attempts, but finally I read and finished Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac. I say 3 attempts, the first 2 really were pathetic. I had tried reading it in-between reading Emile Zola novels last year, but barely got started, because truth be told, I was totally in Zola mode, and … Continue reading Thoughts On Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac
Photo by Ben White on Unsplash * My last blog post was a bit sombre, so I've decided this one will be a lot more upbeat. Yes, I've created a game and it's called Treasure Island Books! I say 'created', it's probably better described as an 'adaptation', a bit like the BBC creating another Jane Austen miniseries, but … Continue reading Let’s Play a Game, Treasure Island Books!
Photo by Moodywalk on Unsplash * I, like many people was very disturbed to learn of the recent and sudden death of the basketball icon Kobe Bryant and his 13 year old daughter, as well as several other people, in a helicopter crash on Sunday. With this, and the commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of … Continue reading Books that help You Cope with Life
Here goes, the second of my 'thoughts' on a particular classic book on this blog. I stress again, as I did on my L’Assommoir post, that this is not a book review, and I don't do book reviews. This is just my own thoughts and notes that I put together, and in a usually incoherent … Continue reading Thoughts on Germinal by Émile Zola
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash * "There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." – Walt Disney As mentioned in my previous blog post, this is a (kind of) part 2 of why people read classics (or should). I've already talked about how I became a classics reader, but I … Continue reading Why Read the Classics?
First of all, I wish you all a very Happy New Year! I'm very excited that I now get to live through the 20's. Makes me want to absorb some classic novel from the jazz age such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, but I have 10 years to get to that. I truly wish that life … Continue reading How I Became a Classics Reader
Photo by Cathryn Lavery on Unsplash * Prior to turning 35 a few years ago, I decided to come up with a reading plan for the next 30 years. It wasn't to challenge myself to read a huge number of books, it was to select a group of classic books, and a small number of history books, and … Continue reading My Reading Plan of 300 Books
Photo by Aziz Acharki on Unsplash 2019 has been a very strange and wonderful year for myself. Having started a classic literature blog in the summer, within a few short weeks my wife and I welcomed a child into our lives, and life has never been the same since. The joy a child brings to one's life can … Continue reading A Literary Vision for 2020