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ANNE OF GREEN GABLES – L.M. MONTGOMERY

Another book closer to finishing my Classics Club goal! If you’re new here then I’ll just fill you in quickly but I am part of the Classics Club. If you didn’t already know, this is a club where we make a list of a minimum of 50 classics we want to read in 5 years or less and then we blog and talk about the book after we are done. Join here if you are interested and here is my original list.

For this month, I decided to read Anne of Green Gables and I am so very glad I did because it was exactly what I needed 😊

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“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”

4.5 stars

This book was so sweet and I’m so glad I read it. I’ve really been meaning to read this for a while and I’m so glad I finally got to it! I honestly couldn’t have picked a better time because life was pretty stressful and this book was like a little porthole that let me escape all that.

Reading this was like going back in time to when I was a young, carefree child. I felt like I was prancing through the meadows or collecting flowers on a walk through the woods. This book really has the power to do that to you.

The way Anne views life is so pure and wholesome and I kind of wish my childhood was like Anne’s. Reading this book just made me feel more optimistic and happy and I really enjoyed it every single time I picked it up.

I actually knew quite a lot of the plot before I read this because I watched the Netflix show when it first came out (oops). Now that I’ve read the books, I’m definetly tempted to go back and rewatch the episodes. But nevertheless, I was never really bored while reading this although I can see how it might be a little monotonous for some people.

“Dear old world,” she murmured, “you are very lovely and I am glad to be alive in you.”

❀ Anne
I loved Anne even more than I thought I would. She is just so hilarious and carefree and I thought her POV was perfect. She is also so strong and smart and overall just a very admirable character.

❀ Diana
I thought Diana was literally the perfect friend. She was so sweet and always so kind and just a great friend to Anne. I thought their friendship was so sweet and I loved every second they were together.

❀ Gilbert
I was definetly in love with Gilbert when I watched the Netflix show but loved him even more in the book if it’s possible. All I could have wanted was more page time with him because he is seriously a perfect human being and I sort of loved his love-hate relationship with Anne.

❀ Mr and Mrs Cuthbert
Mr Cuthbert is such a soft old man. He is just so sweet and must be protected at all costs. I really hated what happened at the end and even though I knew it was coming, it still thoroughly depressed me because this quiet man deserves to be protected at all costs. As for Marilla, I think we all secretly love her just like she secretly loves Anne.

One of my favourite things about this book was also the writing. It’s definetly quite prosy but the descriptions were just breathtaking. I loved how Green Gables was described because it sounds like a perfect paradise and I would love to live there. Each season there was described so beautifully and everything about it seemed slightly whimsical and dreamlike.

Like I just mentioned, I really love Green Gables. I would love to visit Prince Edward Island one day because it truly sounds so beautiful. I honestly think Anne grew up in the perfect place and I would love to grow up in a place like that.

This book is honestly just pure joy. I didn’t think it was possible to capture the essence of being a child and being so free from everything but this book did such a perfect job that it made me equally happy and sad at the same time. This book filled me with so much warmth and I can definetly see it becoming one of my go-to comfort books.

“Excitement hung around Anne like a garment, shone in her eyes, kindled in every feature.”

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LITTLE WOMEN – LOUISA MAY ALCOTT

I know it’s been a while since I’ve uploaded a classics review and I did finish this book a while ago (oops). But here it is, fashionably late, my Little Women review for the Classics Club. If you didn’t already know, this is a club where we make a list of a minimum of 50 classics we want to read in 5 years or less and then we blog and talk about the book after we are done. Join here if you are interested and here is my original list.

For January, I read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and absolutely love it so enough of me ranting, here’s the review 😉

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“No thank you sir! you’re very charming, but you’ve no more stability than a weathercock

4.5 stars

This book felt like it was enveloping me in a warm hug the entire time I was reading it. As much as I enjoy classics, I never got this dying urge to pick one up as in an i-need-this-book-attached-to-me-at-all-times urge but with this book, I hardly ever wanted to put it down. I could literally just watch the March girls sew for an entire chapter and be thoroughly entertained. I know this isn’t the situation for most people but I was actually engaged for the entire 800 pages !! (shocking)

I’d say that if you’re looking to read more classics and are just starting out, this is the perfect book because it’s not too hardcore and also very sweet. It’s definitely easy to read and your brain won’t get confused by fancy language at all.

You read this book for well, the little women. The characters in this book are honestly so lovable and if you don’t love them then I might seek a therapist or something. I just enjoyed watching them grow up so much and they were all the purest humans ever ohmygod.

❋ Meg ❋
Not going to lie, it took me a while to separate Meg and Amy in my head but now I know who’s who and it’s all good. Even though Meg wasn’t my favourite sister, I still really loved her. She is sensible and kind and honestly such a good older sister to the rest of them.

❋ Jo ❋
Ok, where do we start? I honestly love Jo so much and the fact that she wasn’t like all the other girls her age who just sat and sewed all day until one day they would marry and live happily ever after. She actually wrote books and went on adventures and hated wearing fancy things and was so ahead of her time. Honestly, I aspire to be Jo.

❋ Beth ❋
Hands down, my favourite character in this book. I just don’t understand how one being can be so pure and so wholesomely Hufflepuff like Beth can. She is literally the sweetest most humble human I have ever seen. Literally wanted to a melt into a puddle of nothingness when what happened—happened even though I knew what was going to happen before I started.

❋ Amy ❋
I think she might have been my least favourite sister but that doesn’t mean I didn’t still love her character. I think it was just because she seemed a tad full of herself but she was still a really sweet person. I don’t know, maybe if I read this again I’ll like Amy more.

❋ Laurie ❋
Okay, I saw the ship and knew it was going to sink. It was like Titanic all over again. But I’m not as sad as I thought I would be because I respect Jo’s choice, it’s just Laurie’s heartbreak that made me weep. But regardless, I really loved Laurie. Every time he appeared I was beyond happy and I thought his relationship with all the sisters was the actual cutest thing ever.

❋ Marmee ❋
This woman deserves some sort of prize because she is honestly the best Mom ever. I mean, it’s no wonder her kids are so sweet because she literally passed on her love and kindness. Lowkey want her to adopt me.

This book was also a little bittersweet because we got to spend so much time with them when they were going but then they started…….growing up. Honestly, how dare they. It just made me kind of sad to see them get older and go through things because these girls are so precious and they don’t deserve anything bad happening to them.

Even though it was sad to see them grow up, I did love all their character growth. There’s something very pleasant about watching these little girls turn into little women. okay I need to be stopped.

I also loved the writing! As I said before, it was definetly an easy book to read and I felt like I could easily sink into the story without having to pay too much attention and still know what was going on. The writing definetly added to the warm and fuzzy feeling that I already got from the sisters.

Overall, this book was cosy and quaint and it made me so so happy to read. It can definitely depend on the type of reader you are but I am very impatient and get bored easily yet I wasn’t bored at all during the whole 800 pages. Regardless, I still think this is a book you should definetly read, at least before you die.

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PETER PAN – J. M. BARRIE

Another book read for the Classics Club which if you don’t already know, is a club where we make a list of a minimum of 50 classics we want to read in 5 years or less and then we blog and talk about the book after we are done. Join here if you are interested and here is my original list.

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Peter Pan

Author: J. M. Barrie

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

 

“All children, except one, grow up.”

Reading this when I’m older seriously made me realise just how dark this book is. I know all children’s classics are a bit dark but I feel like actually reading the story (finally) made me see so much more in this story.

So yes, I haven’t actually ever read this. I’ve grew up watching the Disney adaptation and I read Tiger Lily over the summer and completely fell in love with it. I finally got to this and let’s just say it was kind of not what I expected.

First of all, let me just start off by saying that you should stop whatever you’re doing and go read the retelling, Tiger Lily by Jodi-Lynn Anderson. That book is just so good, I can’t even explain to you how breathtaking it is. So obviously, I had very different opinions and those changed even more once I finished reading this.

I honestly hated Wendy before I read this and hate he 10 times more (if that’s even possible) after reading it. I’ll get into more detail about that later but I adore Tiger Lily and after reading this, I felt even worse for her and it makes me so frustrated because she is such an underrated character. My feelings for Peter Pan also changed quite a bit. I was always quite fond of him but after reading this, I almost disliked him a bit but I still love him and his wild gang of lost boys.

But anyway, those were just some of my thoughts going in before and after, let’s get on with this actual review.

“Wendy,” Peter Pan continued in a voice that no woman has ever yet been able to resist, “Wendy, one girl is more use than twenty boys.”

Let me start off by talking about the writing. This did not really affect my opinion on the book because I will always love this story. It’s just that there were moments were certain sections were so rushed and it’s probably because this is a children’s book and the author didn’t want to bore kids with long prosy descriptions but I was a little taken aback at how quick certain scenes were. You’d understand if you’ve read that book but it was just something I picked up on.

Although I did adore the story. It was so entertaining and I just felt completely transported to Neverland and it just made me feel like a little kid again. There were so many adventures and there was never a moment to be bored because one moment they are battling pirates, then rescuing Wendy, then escaping crocodiles, then going on hunts with the lost boys and it just made me so happy to read.

And of course, I loved the magic. There was always this sense of adventure and this book completely transports you into this mysterious made up land. The pirates were the perfect villains I always pictured, the lost boys were just lovable and completely boyish as always and they all learned to fly and sjjsksjsaaksjkk my heart just cries whenever I think of this book.

As for the characters, I’ll go through them really quickly.

✨ Peter Pan
Like I said before, I didn’t like him as much as I did before after reading this. I still kind of love him though because he’s such a child and I can’t blame him for anything. Peter Pan is definitely an extremely unique character and he will always be this clueless, adventurous, unruly little child with no one to control or hold him down.

✨ The Lost Boys
These boys will always have a place in my heart and words can’t even explain how precious these boys are. They all look up to Wendy and Peter and they all think of them as their parents and my heart just goes out to these orphan children and I’m currently wondering how I can adopt all of them right now.

✨ Tink
She will always be completely underrated. She is so hilarious, snarky and wild and I just love her. Her character was amazing in the movie and even more amazing in the book. I love how she completely hates Wendy, I honestly can’t blame her and she’s just adorable, even though I know she would absolutely hate me for saying that.

✨ Wendy
Wendy is a completely different story. I kind of have a strong burning hate for her that I have ongoing with a fiery passion. She is just so annoying and gets in the way of Tiger Lily and Peter and she is just a burden. She’s kind of a know-it-all and thinks she’s entitled and the boss of everyone. Okay, I just had to get that off my chest but now it’s out there and I don’t regret it.

✨ Tiger Lily
By far my favourite character and so underrated. She is so amazing, strong, smart, beautiful and brave and I will never wrap my head around the fact that Peter chose Wendy over Tiger Lily. Anyway, I’m going to stop talking now before things get even more heated but just know that Tiger Lily is an actual goddess and I love her.

✨ The Pirates
Perfect villains, A++++. That’s all I have to say.

I’m really glad I finally got around to reading this book and it was definitely quite a random read for me. I will always love this story and continue to watch the movie endlessly. Always remember that you are never too old to read Peter Pan.

“Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning. ”

 

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OF MICE AND MEN – JOHN STEINBECK

Another book read for the Classics Club which if you don’t already know, is a club where we make a list of a minimum of 50 classics we want to read in 5 years or less and then we blog and talk about the book after we are done. Join here if you are interested and here is my original list.

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Of Mice and Men

Author: John Steinbeck

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

 

 

“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”

I actually had to read this for school. With most people, they kind of despise the books they are forced to read for school but I found myself enjoying this. It is my first Steinbeck novel and I know that I will definitely be reading more of his books in the future.

The prose in this book is just stunning. There were so many times when I was just in shock because of how beautiful the writing was. And because it was read for English class, we broke down the sentences and there is so much thought and precision put into every word, it’s unreal. So yeah, I really loved the writing, it definitely stood out to me.

As for the characters, I kind of have mixed emotions about all of them.

Lennie
I honestly loved Lennie. He was such a soft, pure little guy and I just felt so bad for him. I know what he did wasn’t his fault but I kind of wish the last two chapters never happened because now I’m a smol ball of depressed, mixed emotions

George
He never really admits it but you can see how much he cares for Lennie and it just kind of breaks my heart. I honestly don’t know how I feel about what he did at the end but I can definitely see where it’s coming from even if it does make me want to hurl the book across the room.

As for some of the other characters, I really liked Candy. I felt bad for him because of his dog but all he wanted was to run away with George and Lennie and he was still really sweet. As for Slim, I also thought he was a pretty nice guy, as well as Carlson.

But I strongly disliked Curley with a burning passion, as does everyone else who reads this. Also Curley’s wife, she’s really evil but there’s a part where we get to see a side of her and I kind of warm up to her just very slightly. Also, the fact that she doesn’t even get called by a name, just ‘Curley’s wife’ really shows the sexism back then.

This book was super short but it had such a big impact. There is so much depth to it and I understand why it is read for English classes, it definitely deserves that, even if most kids end up disliking it.

I know this review is short but I’m a little tired of analysing this book for my class but I just wanted to say that this unique little book is so special and it is definitely worth your time.

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THE OUTSIDERS – S.E. HINTON

Here is another review for the Classics Club which if you don’t already know, is a club where we make a list of a minimum of 50 classics we want to read in 5 years or less and then we blog and talk about the book after we are done. Join here if you are interested and here is my original list.

This month, I decided to read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and I’m not quite sure if you’d actually consider this a classic but I was still really excited to read it anyway.

Let me just warn you that I would hardly call this a review just because I guess I just wasn’t in the mood to write when I started it and also, I just couldn’t portray my feelings for this book properly.

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Book: The Outsiders

Author: S.E. Hinton

Rating: ★★★★★

“Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold.”

 

 

 

There is no way I can read that quote and not want to cry.
I actually really really enjoyed this book, a lot more than I thought I would. I just loved all the found families and the greasers and the way they just always looked out for each other. I’ve heard a lot of negative things but I don’t really mind because personally, I enjoyed it and I felt like this book was what I need The Great Gatsby to be for me

I’m not really making any sense but this was just such a short, enjoyable book and I do really love it.

I’m not entirely sure if you’d count it as a classic but anyway… As a book written by a teen, it was really emotional and personal and I thought it was written really well.

I enjoyed the story and learning about the greasers. The book doesn’t take place over a long period of time and most of it is spent on the run with Jonny and Ponyboy. I still thought it was paced very well and I was never bored and I never felt like it dragged. It is quite hard to review such a short book but even though it was small, it had a really big impact on me.

The writing was also a product of its time and it did take me a while to pick up on some of the slang but it all felt very much like a movie. I personally enjoyed watching the greasers shove each other around and tease one another. The dialogue was quite short and snappy and equally beautiful and hilarious.

Over the course of 180 pages, I still felt like I really got to know each and every one of the greasers. They all had a rough home life but found each other inevitably. I loved how they always looked out for each other and just accepted everyone as their family.

I especially liked Ponyboy who was the narrator. He was the youngest of the gang and you can tell how much he looks up to his brother Soda and how much he loves being a greaser. I just thought it was really sweet the way everyone looked out for him and Jonny and Pont and the greasers just stole my heart.

I’m really excited to watch the movie now and I know I’m gonna love it. I know this wasn’t much of a review but there is no way I could translate my deep feelings for this book into words. It has just grown to be really personal to me which I kind of did not expect but oh well.

Ok looking at this now, I wouldn’t even call this a review, my thoughts are everywhere and it’s pretty short but I try to never strive for more than mediocre, it saves a lot of hard feelings in the end

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SENSE AND SENSIBILITY – JANE AUSTEN

I’m back with another review for the Classics Club which if you don’t already know, is a club where we make a list of a minimum of 50 classics we want to read in 5 years or less and then we blog and talk about the book after we are done. Join here if you are interested and here is my original list.

This month, I read Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen which I was really excited to start and ended up really enjoying. 5 down and only 45 more to go!

“The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!”

4.5 stars
This was such an amazing book although I can expect no less from Jane Austen. I will say that I like it just a little less than Pride and Prejudice just because I didn’t connect with the characters and the story as much. However, I did still enjoy it and I can’t wait to cross more Austen books off my list.

First of all, and I am about the millionth person to say this but, her writing is just perfection. It is literally flawless and beautiful and I wish she was still alive so that she could write my biography. There is just something about it that is so subtly funny and sarcastic and it is just really fun to read (??) because you kind of absorb the words and the story slowly seeps in. I just love the atmosphere she creates and the banter and sarcasm she plays into the characters.

BEAUTIFUL.

I also really loved all the characters in this book.
Elinor.
She was always so sure of herself and kind of acted like the mother to everyone (including her own mother) and always thought of her sisters first, before herself. She also stopped anyone from making hash decisions and thought about things very logically before she did them. Elinor was probably my favourite character in this book because she is just such a strong heroine for her time. She basically keeps her family together, keeps track of the money, worries about everything and at the same time, goes through heartbreak multiple times.

Marianne.
She was also a really strong character in this book and although she was portrayed as a slightly overdramatic, sensitive person, I still thought she was really strong and independent. And plus the girl had to go through so much I just wish Willoughby would give her a break. She was also a really sweet and loving person and cared for her family a lot. She also doesn’t want to marry just for the sake of it, she really wants to find a man who is interesting and who she genuinely enjoys being with.

Edward.
He just wasn’t Mr Darcy. As much as I liked his shy, slightly awkward character, I missed Darcy and his snark. Sometimes he would kind of annoy me and I will always have a very small grudge against him for putting Elinor through a lot of stress. He is quite smart and loyal but he’s really clumsy when it comes to making decisions and a few of the choices he made kind of made me want to throw the book across the room.

Willoughby.
He kind of appears to be the romantic hero at the beginning of the book but by the end, I was just kind of fed up with him. He had his chance to marry Marianne but he blew it many times. He did realise afterwards that he would have been happier with her but it was too late. He’s kind of a ‘player’ (I never thought I would describe an Austen character as a player) and he just missed his chance with Marianne, many times.

Colonel Brandon.
The age difference does weird me out just a bit but I guess it was totally normal back then. I did feel kind of bad for Colonel Brandon and so he had my sympathy. At the end, he was really nice and throughout the whole book, he was loyal to both Elinor and Marianne. He’s just really faithful and helpful and he deserves to have a happy marriage.

Elinor and Edward ended up together which was honestly expected. I do think they make a great couple and even though Edward messed up a few times, Elinor can keep him from slipping up in the future. For a while, I did want Willoughby and Marianne together but I just kept getting more and more annoyed with him. So in the end, I am happy that Marianne and the Colonel got married because they both deserve each other.

I’m not going to lie, there is a whole lot more drama in this book. There were so many miscommunications and people though people were married but they actually weren’t and there were hidden engagements and secret lovers. There was definitely a lot more drama compared to Pride and Prejudice and I’m not going to deny that I enjoyed it.

In the end, I’m really glad I read this because I truly loved it. Austen’s writing is just a work of art that manages to stay relatable even though it was written in the 1800s. I still feel so bad for all the heartbreak that both Elinor and Marianne went through and I just felt so bad for them whenever something happened.

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