Book Review | Rebecca

rebeccaTitle: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Genres: Classic, Gothic, Mystery

Published by: HarperCollins (August, 1938)

Summary

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

First published in 1938, this classic gothic novel is such a compelling read that it won the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Century.

Rebecca 

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I first added Rebecca to my TBR a year or two ago after hearing so many wonderful things about it.  I just knew I was going to to love it!  Let me just say that this book did not disappoint!

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December TBR + Tistheseasonathon & Classicsathon TBRs!

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Hello everyone!  I am so excited for the books I plan on reading this month! Christmas is my favorite time of year, and so December is going to be filled with holiday-themed reads.  I’ve also decided to participate in the ‘TisTheSeasonAthon – which starts today, December 3rd, and runs through the 9th – and the ClassicsAThon, which runs through the entire month of December.  Because everything was starting all around the same time, I decided to create one big TBR post!

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#CLASSICSATHON TBR!

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Hello!  Today I’m going to share with you all the classic books I hope to read during the month of August for the #ClassicsAThon, hosted by Lucy Powrie, AKA, Lucy The Reader!  This is a super chill readathon, and it started August 1st, and goes throughout the entire month of August, ending on the 31st.  I’m jumping in a few days late, but that’s okay, I’m going with it!  The goal of the readathon is simply to read as much, or as little, classic literature as you want.

I’m sure I won’t get to all the books on my TBR, especially since I have other, non-classic books that I hope to read this month as well, but it would be really nice if I was able to read as many of them as I can.  I also think the #ClassicsAThon will really compliment my own #2018ClassicsChallenge, and help cross off a few more books!

So, without further ado, here’s all the classic books I want to read this month:

The Count of Monte Cristo

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I’ve been reading The Count of Monte Cristo off and on all summer.  One of my summer goals was to read a large classic, and with over 1,000 pages, this book has been doing its job!  That being said, I’m only on chapter 20, so I still have quite a while to go.  While I don’t know if I’ll be able to actually finish the entire book this month, I’d really like to get a good chunk of it read!

The Trees

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I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about this book.  I found out about The Trees from my grandma, and it’s supposed to be really good.  It takes place in Ohio at the end of the 18th century, and from what I’ve gathered, it’s a bit of an Ohioan classic.  Since I live in Ohio, I thought I’d give it a read!

Elsie’s Holiday at Roselands

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This series is considered a Christian classic, but it’s also a bit controversial.  It was written back when slavery was still acceptable, and so, there are some derogatory comments and abusive actions in this book.  That being said, the series was rewritten and revised in the early 2000’s and that series was one of my favorites when I was growing up.  Now that I’m older, I’m curious about the original series though, and I’ve started reading it.  Elsie’s Holiday at Roselands is book 2 in the series!

Anne of Ingleside

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Many of you know my love for Anne!  So, it’s no surprise that I would want to add a book from this series on my TBR.  I’ve been hesitant to read the rest of the Anne series for the simple fact that I love these books so much I don’t wan them to end.  That being said, I still really want to finish the series.  So, I’ve decided it’s time to continue on!

Rebecca

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I can’t even tell you how many wonderful things I’ve heard about Rebecca!  This book sounds so intriguing, and it is one that has been on my TBR for so long now.  I am so excited to read this book!


And there you have it!  That’s my TBR for the #ClassicsAThon!  Like I said, I probably won’t get these all read, but I’m hoping to get a good amount of reading done this month, so we shall see.

Let me know if you’re participating in this readathon, and if you are, what’s on your TBR?  Even if you’re not participating this time around, share with me your favorite classic book in the comments!

Thanks for reading!


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2018 Classics Challenge – Update #1

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Hey everyone! Earlier this year, I announced that I was doing a 2018 Classics Challenge.  You can find out all the info about it in my original post, here!

Now, my original plan was to share a post for each classic book I read.  Well, so far, I haven’t done that, lol!  So, I’ve decided that I will just update you all with how I’ve been doing so far.

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So far, I’ve read three classics this year.  Here are the books I read, and a little bit of my thoughts about each of them:

19th Century Classic

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I read The Picture of Dorian Gray in April, and quite enjoyed it.  Dorian was such an interesting and memorable character to me.  This book appears simple, but is so, so complex.  Even though this book isn’t very large, there were parts that felt a bit slow, but overall, I really did enjoy it.

 

Classic Under 200 Pages

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I read Breakfast at Tiffany’s back in February, and while it was a quick read, I, personally, did not enjoy it too much.  I found myself being unable to connect to the author’s writing style, and thus, found myself unable to connect to the story or the characters.  I really just think it was more of my personal preference though!  To hear my full thoughts, I wrote a review about it, here!

 

Children’s Classic

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I read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in March, and I really enjoyed it! Out of all three classics that I’ve read this year, so far, this one has been my favorite.  The plot and concept were so intriguing and so well done.  I really loved seeing the Christian parallels throughout the story, too.  The characters were so charming and Narnia itself was just as magical and enchanting as everyone else always says, also.  This book was so readable, and honestly, just such a delight!  To hear my full thoughts, click here to read my review!


That’s all the classics I’ve read so far in 2018!  I still have quite a ways to go if I want to complete my challenge, but I think I can still do it. I’m working on reading a classic over 500 pages right now.  I decided to go with The Count of Monte Cristo which is over 1,000 pages, so please wish me luck with that! 😜

I’m going to try to share my progress more often now, so look for more updates soon!  Also, if you’re reading any classic books that fit any of the challenges, be sure to share them with me and follow along with the hashtag #2018ClassicsChallenge!


Thanks so much for reading!


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Book Review | Breakfast at Tiffany’s: A Short Novel and Three Stories

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Title: Breakfast at Tiffany’s: A Short Novel and Three Stories by Truman Capote

Pages: 162

Genres: Fiction, Classic, Short Stories

Published by: Modern Library (Jan. 13th, 1994, originally 1958)

Summary

It’s New York in the 1940s, where the martinis flow from cocktail hour till breakfast at Tiffany’s. And nice girls don’t, except, of course, Holly Golightly. Pursued by Mafia gangsters and playboy millionaires, Holly is a fragile eyeful of tawny hair and turned-up nose, a heart-breaker, a perplexer, a traveller, a tease. She is irrepressibly ‘top banana in the shock department’, and one of the shining flowers of American fiction.

This edition also contains three stories: ‘House of Flowers’, ‘A Diamond Guitar’ and ‘A Christmas Memory’.

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What I Thought

I decided to read Breakfast at Tiffany’s because of how well-loved the movie is. I’ll be honest, I didn’t realize it was based on a book until recently. I’ve never seen the movie, but I’ve been wanting to, especially since I saw that it was on Netflix. So, I decided to read the book first.

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2018 Classics Challenge!

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Hi everyone!  Today, I’ve got a super exciting post to share with you all.  For 2018, two of my blogging and reading goals were 1) read more classics, and 2) host my own event/reading challenge.  Well, I decided to combine the two, and came up with a 2018 Classics Challenge!  The goal for this challenge is to simply read more classic literature based off the prompts below.  There are eleven prompts, so that’s about 1 classic book a month.

I’m mostly a mood reader, so I’m not going to create a specific TBR.  Today, though, I’m going to explain the prompts a bit more, and give some suggestions for each category!

Please know, though, that I haven’t read all the examples I’m sharing with you all. For the most part, I’m simply going off of recommendations from people I know and Google.

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A Classic for your Country

For this prompt, I want you to read a book that is considered a classic for the country where you live, or where you are originally from.  For example, I’m from the US, so I would read a book that is considered an American classic such as…

  • The Great Gatsby
  • Little Women
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

A Classic for a Country not your Own

For this challenge, read a book that’s considered a classic for a country not your own.  Some examples of this would be:

  • Anne of Green Gables is a Canadian classic
  • Great Expectations is a British classic
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock is an Australian classic
  • Things Fall Apart is an African classic
  • Journey to the West is a Chinese classic

A Classic Written by an Author Whose Name Starts with the Same Letter as Your Name

It can be either your first or last name or the author’s first or last name, but for this challenge, read a book by an author whose name starts with the same letter as your name, or even better, if you can, share the same name as you!

So, for example, my name is Theresa, so I could read a book by T. S. Elliot, Thomas Hardy, or even JRR Tolkien or Leo Tolstoy.  I could also use my last name, which starts with an M. So I could read a book by Margaret Mitchell, A. A. Milne, or Mark Twain.

18th Century Classic

These next few prompts are pretty self-explanatory.  For this one, read a book from the 18th century.

Some examples:

  • Gulliver’s Travels
  • Robinson Crusoe
  • Clarissa
  • The Vicar of Wakefield

19th Century Classic

Read a book from the 19th century, such as:

  • Jane Eyre
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Frankenstein
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

20th Century Classic

Read a book from the 20th century:

  • 1984
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • The Bell Jar
  • The Hobbit
  • A Farewell to Arms

Modern Day Classic

For this challenge, you have a little more freedom deciding which book you would consider a modern day classic. To more clearly separate a 20th century classic with a modern day classic, I’ve decided anything from about 1980 and beyond is a modern day classic. You could even include a book that you think will be a classic in the future! Some examples:

  • ͏Li͏f͏e of Pi
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • The Color Purple
  • Harry Potter
  • A Monster Calls

A Classic Under 200 Pages

Read a classic book that’s 200 pages or less.

Some examples are:

  • The Outsiders
  • Animal Farm
  • The Old Man and the Sea
  • Mrs. Dalloway
  • Northanger Abbey
  • The Metamorphosis

A Classic Over 500 Pages

Read a classic book that’s 500 pages or more (I would recommend starting this particular challenge more than a week before the year ends. 😉).

Some examples would be:

  • Gone with the Wind
  • Les Misérables
  • East of Eden
  • Moby Dick
  • Great Expectations

A Children’s Classic

Read a book that is considered a children’s classic, such as:

  • Peter Pan
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • The Wind in the Willows
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Classic Freebie

For this last prompt, read any classic book you want. The choice is totally up to you and what you feel like reading!


I’d really love it if you all participated with me for this reading challenge! If you do decide to participate, let me know, and I’ll include a link to your blog in this post. For each classic I read, I’ll write a post and share which one I chose, and my thoughts about it.  Also, I’ll be using the hashtag #2018ClassicsChallenge. So, be sure to follow along and use the hashtag as well! 🎉


Thanks so much for reading! I’m looking forward to reading more classics, and I hope you are, too!


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Book Review | Gone with the Wind

18405Title: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Pages: 1037

Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Classic

Published by: Macmillan Publishers (June 30, 1936)

Summary

Gone with the Wind is a novel written by Margaret Mitchell, first published in 1936. The story is set in Clayton County, Georgia, and Atlanta during the American Civil War and Reconstruction era. It depicts the struggles of young Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner, who must use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of the poverty she finds herself in after Sherman’s March to the Sea. A historical novel, the story is a Bildungsroman or coming-of-age story, with the title taken from a poem written by Ernest Dowson. 

Gone with the Wind was popular with American readers from the onset and was the top American fiction bestseller in the year it was published and in 1937. As of 2014, a Harris poll found it to be the second favorite book of American readers, just behind the Bible. More than 30 million copies have been printed worldwide.

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What I Thought

Gone with the Wind is a book that I have been wanting to read for some time. I know of so many people who adore this epic novel, and I wanted to see what my opinions would be. Let me just say that this book is so much more than just a romance novel! Honestly, this review isn’t going to be able to fully capture everything I have to say about it, because there’s just so much I could say that I don’t even know where to begin, but I’m going to try my best!

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Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read

Nancy Drew

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I’m going to start this off with my obvious answer: Nancy Drew!  If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know how much I love Nancy Drew. So, naturally, I’m planning on having all my future children read Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books.  I’m not sure why I connected with these books so much, but they are my forever faves.

 

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The Berenstain Bears

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These books were such classics to me as a little kid.  They were just so calming to me for some reason, and I remember being so hyped for the show on PBS!  I’ll definitely be reading these to my kids some day.

 

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Junie B. Jones

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Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket was the very first book that I remember receiving as a gift.  I was in 1st grade, and I remember just being so excited to read this book!  The Junie B. Jones books will always be so special to me.  My future kiddos are going to have to read these books!

 

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Anne of Green Gables

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One of my all-time favorite books is Anne of Green Gables, so is it even a surprise at all that I want my future children to read this one?!

 

 

 

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Matilda

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Matilda is another book that I really cherish, so naturally, I want all my future kids to read this one, too!  The love and appreciation of books is just so wonderful.  Matilda is such a clever book, that not only do I want my kids to read it, but I want everyone to read it!

 

 

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Little Critter

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The Little Critter series was another one of my favorites growing up.  I loved the pictures, and how cute the critters were.  These were always such fun books!

 

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Mrs. Piggle Wiggle

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The Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books were so much fun!  She’s such a sassy character, and always knows how to cure children of their “ailments.” I must admit, though, somehow I got it into my mind that her name was pronouced Piggly Wiggly, and so for the longest time – way longer than it should have been – I thought that was her name.  I was so shook the day I realized that it was actually Piggle Wiggle! 😂

 

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The Ramona Books

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I absolutely loved the Ramona books.  She was such a relatable character to me.  Also, I’m pretty sure it was the highlight of my childhood reading life when I read Ramona Quimby, Age 8, when I was 8 years old.  You guys don’t even know how pleased and excited I was with myself because of that. 😂

 

 

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The Boxcar Children

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Before Nancy Drew, there was The Boxcar Children.  I love, love, loved these books!  This is the series that got me into mysteries.  The Boxcar Children is such a classic series, in my opinion, and I can’t wait for my kids to discover this series.

 

 

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The Little House Series

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Last but not least, I want my kids to read the Little House series.  These books are so well written, and are just so memorable.  My parents read them, my sisters read them, I read them.  My older sister is even reading them to her kids now.  I can’t wait to read them to my someday children.

 

 

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That wraps up this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!  Let me know what books you would add to your list!

Thanks for reading!


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Halloween Read-A-Thon TBR

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Hey everyone!  So, I wanted to let you all know that I’m going to be participating in the Halloween Read-A-Thon hosted by Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews.  I love Halloween! I think it is such a fun holiday, and I absolutely love reading spooky, atmospheric books in October, and so when I saw this read-a-thon, I just knew I had to participate!  Be sure and check out Lauren’s blog to get all of the details! 🙂

Today I’m going to let you all know my [tentative] TBR for this readathon.  However, if you’ve been following me for a while now, you know that I am the absolute worst when it comes to actually sticking to planned TBRs, so these books will probably change!

Okay, so let’s get started!

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💀 The read-a-thon is going to run from the 10th October – 31st October. This was decided by an extremely scientific Twitter poll.

💀 You can join in at any time until the end of the read-a-thon. 

💀 You can read as many or as little books as you want!!!

💀 The books HAVE to be horror, thriller and/or have some kind of supernatural element!! Except for one challenge, but more on that below. I’m sorry if these genres aren’t your cup of tea, but it wouldn’t really be a Halloween themed read-a-thon otherwise.

💀 When posting your TBR link back to this post so other people can join in!! Share the spooky love!! If you don’t have a blog that’s okay!! You can post your TBR on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, YouTube – ANYWHERE!!

💀 Use the hashtag #HalloweenWR to share your progress on social media!!

challenges

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For this one, I’m going to go with The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury.  I know this isn’t necessarily a super scary cover, but with that big skeleton head on the cover, I think it’s creepy, and plus, it has such a Halloween vibe to me, so I’m going with it.

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman is my choice for this challenge.  I checked out from the library last year for Halloween, but I never got around to actually reading it, so I’m trying again this year!

urban-legends

I’m going to go with We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson for this challenge.  From what I’ve seen, this book is more of a mystery/horror novel, as opposed to a full on Gone Girl/Girl on the Train -esque thriller, but I still think it counts.

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Honestly, I read the most after sunset (especially now that it gets dark at 7:30), so really, I could count just about any book.  However, I’m going to go with A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, because it’s short, and I could see myself actually exclusively reading this book in the evening (because I’ve heard it’s sad, so I can read it in my room and cry to myself after everyone has gone to bed…haha).

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Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie is a book I’ve been meaning to read for years.  I finally bought it earlier this year, and I think it is the perfect book to read for this category.  It’s not necessarily going to be super scary, but it doesn’t really quite fit in any of the other challenges.

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For my last book, I’m going with Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, an anthology edited by April Genevieve Tucholke.  I admit, I’m a little nervous starting this one, because I’ve heard it’s super scary, but that’s also why I think it will be perfect for Halloween and this read-a-thon!


I think this read-a-thon is going to be so much fun!  Let me know if you are planning on participating, or even just if you are planning on reading something spooky this October.

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August Classic

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Yikes! We are only 3 days away from October, and I’m just now posting about August’s classic…oops?  Better late than never, right?

August’s Classic

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Originally Published: 1895

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

Synopsis: Here is Oscar Wilde’s most brilliant tour de force, a witty and buoyant comedy of manners that has delighted millions in countless productions since its first performance in London’s St. James’ Theatre on February 14, 1895. The Importance of Being Earnest is celebrated not only for the lighthearted ingenuity of its plot, but for its inspired dialogue, rich with scintillating epigrams still savored by all who enjoy artful conversation.

From the play’s effervescent beginnings in Algernon Moncrieff’s London flat to its hilarious denouement in the drawing room of Jack Worthings’s country manor in Hertfordshire, this comic masterpieces keeps audiences breathlessly anticipating a new bon mot or a fresh twist of plot moment to moment.

This finely produced volume is an unabridged, unaltered reprinting of an authoritative early British edition.

WHEN I Discovered This Classic

I had heard of this book, along with Oscar Wilde’s other works, probably since early high school.  However, it wasn’t until I discovered this book while cleaning, that I took an interest in actually reading it.

WHY I Chose To Read It

I’ll be honest, it was almost the end of August, and I still hadn’t read anything that could be considered a classic, and The Importance of Being Earnest was the smallest classic I could find…

WHAT Makes It A Classic

Oscar Wilde was such an incredibly gifted author.  This play, in particular, is one of his most well-loved pieces.

WHAT I Thought Of This Classic

I was so pleasantly surprised by this one!  I went into this book knowing almost nothing about what it was about, other than the fact that it was a play, and people love Oscar Wilde.  Honestly, I did not know what to expect before starting this book.

The Importance of Being Earnest is so well-written.  The dialogue is witty and clever; I literally laughed out loud in parts.  The premise of the story is actually quite silly and unrealistic, but I think that is what makes it so great.  The characters are so fun as well.  Yes, everyone is a little shallow, especially the girls, but that is what makes the story.

Also, I absolutely love the title as well.  After reading this story, you’ll see it’s such a clever play on words.

This book is super short, so you could easily read it in an hour or two.  I definitely see myself re-reading this one in the future.

WILL It Stay A Classic

I definitely think so!  This story is so clever, and very likable, I imagine people will continue to read this for years and years to come.

WHO I’d Recommend It To

First of all, if you love reading plays, you definitely need to read this one.  Also, I’d recommend this book to someone who is interested in reading more classics.  I find that sometimes classics can be quite intimidating, and this one was not at all!  Actually, it sort of reminded me of that old ’90’s movie, The House Sitter starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn.  So, if you like that movie, I’d recommend The Importance of Being Earnest to you, too!