2015/06/28

The Classics Book Tag

I found this tag a while ago, and I thought it looked really interesting! I really enjoy classics, so it's the perfect tag.

The original tag can be found over at the wonderful blog It's A Books World.


1. An overhyped classic you didn't like:
I know this is blasphemy to a lot of people, but Little Women by Louisa Mary Alcott didn't sit well with me. I had very high expectations of this though, since everyone seems to love it, so that had a part in it. I also didn't like The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway, I did not get that one at all.

2. Favourite time period to read about:
Well, I find myself drawn to any story set between from the middle to late 1800s to around 1940, 1950.


3. Favourite fairytale?
When I was a child, my favourite was Rumpelstiltskin, which I've realized as I've gotten older is a really weird one. I also very much enjoyed Thumbelina and Ali Baba and The Forty Thieves

4. Most embarrassing unread classic:
I don't think one should every really be embarrassed that one hasn't read a certain book, but I probably should have read some Dickens, so I'm reading Oliver Twist now.

5. Top 5 classics you would like to read soon:


6. Favourite modern book/series based on a classic:
The only books I can think of are the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. They're pretty great!

7. Favourite movie version/tv-series based on a classic:
I love the BBC modern adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, and I very much enjoy both seeing Poirot and Miss Marple on TV. And I very much enjoy the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice.

8. Worst classic to movie adaptation:
I can't remember ever seeing an adaptation that I hated.


9. Favourite edition(s) you'd like to collect more classics from:
I'd love to collect more Persephone Books, Penguin English Library, Modern Penguin Classics and VMC Classics. I've also been eyeing Everyman's Library Pocket Classics for a good while...

10. An underhyped classic you would recommend to everyone:
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham and Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.


Feel free to do this yourself! If you have any classics to recommend, shoot them my way.

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  1. 1. An overhyped classic you didn't like
    I didn't enjoy Animal Farm and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    2. Favourite time period to read about:
    Victorian England and World War I & II

    3. Favourite fairytale?
    Puss in Boots

    4. Most embarrassing unread classic:
    Not embarrassed but I think I should have read Goethe's Faust by now.

    5. Top 5 classics you would like to read soon:
    Twelve Angry Men, 1984, Peter Pan, Howards End, A Tale of two Cities

    6. Favourite modern book/series based on a classic:
    Phantom by Susan Kay and The Child Thief by Brom

    7. Favourite movie version/tv-series based on a classic:
    The BBC Mini-Series of North and South (2004)

    8. Worst classic to movie adaptation
    -
    9. Favourite edition(s) you'd like to collect more classics from:
    I'd like to collect more of the Agatha Christie novels by Harper Collins, Pushkin Press and Penguin Deluxe Editions.

    10. An underhyped classic you would recommend to everyone:
    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süßkind and Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig.

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    1. Oooh, I want to read Goethe's Faust as well... And I need to watch North and South! I've heard so many great things.

      Also, Perfume sounds really fascinating!

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  2. Oh, nice one! I think I'll do this tag over on my blog as well. I'm loving the 19th century novels, the English classics, but I've also never read anything by Dickens yet. Someone who studied English literature said I should start with A Christmas Carrol, so I might indeed start with that one, but that just doesn't really feel right during summertime, does it? I'd like to know what you thought about Oliver Twist, though - I always liked the story! Oh, and Sense & Sensibility wasn't really my favourite Austen. Although I thought the writing was good (towards the end), I couldn't really connect to the main characters. I love her other novels (have you read Persuasion yet? I was really surprised as to how much I loved that one! And Emma is great as well, but probably most enjoyable if you've read a few other Austens beforehand). Okay, I have to stop rambling now ;-)

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    1. I bet A Christmas Carol can be a great read for winter. I'm planning on reading it then as well! I have just read Persuasion, and I really liked it! I think I might read either Sense & Sensibility or Emma next, but I need a bit of a break until I start another Austen. Or I might reread Pride & Prejudice... And I love rambles, so go wild! :D

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