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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