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The Classics Club – Classics Spin #9…the results are in…

classicsclubThe Results are in…

Last week I posted the 20 books that I had randomly selected for Classics Club Spin #9 – with the purpose of me picking up a book that had been on my Classics Challenge list that I was hesitant to read (although when it comes to classics in general, I sometimes struggle with them). Anyways, the results are in and the lucky number drawn was….2. Number 2 correlated to Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. On my list of classics, this fell under the sub-heading of Utopia/Dystopia Classics.

fahrenheit 451From the description:
Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.

The classic dystopian novel of a post-literate future, Fahrenheit 451 stands alongside Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World as a prophetic account of Western civilization’s enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity.

Bradbury’s powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which, decades on from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock

Anyone interested in joining in with me while I read (or maybe listen to) Fahrenheit 451?


Posted by on April 6, 2015 in classics challenge


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The Classics Club – May Meme

classicsclub1I haven’t really participated in the monthly meme’s being held by the Classics Club before, but I happened to be sitting at my computer pondering a blog post for today (to review or not to review is the question?) – when the email popped up with this months topic/discussion point. So what the heck – here it goes:

Tell us about the classic book(s) you’re reading this month. You can post about what you’re looking forward to reading in May, or post thoughts-in-progress on your current read(s).

For the most part since I have been doing this challenge, I have been picking books at random to read, depending on what kind of mood I am in. However, the stars seem to be aligning and I have 2 books on the pile that I plan to read/listen to this month – Dracula and Middlemarch.

Middlemarch is one of those books that even though it is on my list, I am scared to read since it is a chunker. However, it was voted on as a monthly group read in one of my Goodreads groups – and we have a whole reading plan laid out for it – so hopefully, I will finish. I plan to read it, however, I also have the audiobook cued up on my ipod should the need arise to listen (I tend to enjoy classics more that way).

The second book I have lined up for May is Dracula. I was originally going to hold off and do this one around Halloween and line it up with horror as a theme for the month. However, the audiobook of this popped as a nomination for the annual audiobook awards in the category that I am reviewing (multi-voiced narration) – so I plan to start listening to it as soon as I finish my current listen. I have to admit that I am excited but skeptical at the same time – I’ve never listened to a classic that has had more than one narrator before. So it will be something completely new for me.

Hopefully, May will be a successful month in working towards my classics challenge goal.


Posted by on May 2, 2013 in classics challenge


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Deja Vu Review (8) – A Classic

The Deja Vu Review is a weekly meme hosted by Brittany at The Book Addicts Guide. Its an opportunity to revisit old books you might have read before you launched your blog, but that you think should maybe still be highlighted.

A Classic

For as big of a reader that I have been for many years, my knowledge of the classics is sorely lacking. In part because growing up in Australia, lots of the classics that kids read in the US aren’t read – I also didn’t take the English class where they did read some of those classics. So it wasn’t until college when I optionally took a Shakespeare course for English (yes, i was that person) and moving into my 20’s and now 30’s, that I have started reading more classics. In fact, just recently, I decided to participate in the The Classics Club 5 year challenge – where the goal is to read 50 classics (you determine what makes a book a classic) in the next 5 years. I had a great time picking my books, now to actually read them 😉

jane eyreBut onto the Deja Vu Review question – this was actully a relatively easy pick for me. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. This was one of the first classics I read after I graduated from college and started listening to audiobooks on a regular basis and I was blown away. I loved reading/listening about Jane’s trials and tribulations and came to love her as a character. While I haven’t yet, I easily forsee myself re-reading JE in the future. As well as watching several (if not all) of the various movie adaptions that have come out over the years.

I am also excited to see what lays in the future for me with the other classics that I have chosen to read.

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Posted by on December 16, 2012 in Deja Vu Review


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