Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier: Review & Recommend | CLASSICS CATCHUPS

I was so excited when Let’s Get Classical book club voted to pick Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier for their first read of 2021! I read Rebecca for the first time a few years ago, and it’s one I’ve wanted to reread for a while, but my TBR pile always makes me feel so guilty when I pick up a book to reread. Thanks to the book club, I could pick this up guilt-free!

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A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens: Review & Recommend | CLASSICS CATCHUPS

“Marley was dead: to begin with”.

A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

I’m reviewing A Christmas Carol: to begin with. Which is to say, welcome to my first book review of 2020! I’m keeping the Christmas spirit alive just a tiny bit longer, with a review of Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol. I’ve seen some of the adaptations that have been made over the years, but this was my first time actually reading it.

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Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie: Review & Recommend | CLASSICS CATCHUPS

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THIS REVIEW WILL BE SPOILER FREE!

Usually, I’m not a crime fiction type of person. Having said that, I used to love Cluedo, I adored Knives Out, and I actually really enjoyed “Mummy on the Orient Express” (an episode of Doctor Who). So maybe it’s not that I’m not a crime fiction person, maybe I’m just not a person who’s read much crime fiction. When Agatha Christie was revealed as the theme for Let’s Get Classical’s November read, I was a bit excited. I hadn’t read any Christie before, but I own a copy of The ABC Murders, and obviously I’d heard of Murder on the Orient Express.

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Beloved – Toni Morrison: Review & Recommend | CLASSICS CATCHUPS

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TWs: killing of a child, rape, racism, slavery.

Toni Morrison’s Beloved has been on my radar for a long time, as a lover of literature, but it has taken me a shockingly long time to get to. Going into this book, I knew it was about a dead child, and being Black in America, and I also vaguely knew that it was a ghost story of sorts, but I had half forgotten the ghost element until it was actually introduced in the book. The narrative focuses around Sethe and her two daughters, Denver (alive) and Beloved (dead). As can be guessed from the themes the books discusses — family, womanhood, race, grief and survival — this is a book for mature readers, and not for anyone looking for a lighthearted read.

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Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen: Review & Recommend | CLASSICS CATCHUPS

Confession time: I call myself a fan of Jane Austen, but I’d never actually read Pride and Prejudice. Sure, I’ve seen many film adaptations, some more faithful to the text than others (hi, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies!) but I’d never read it. I figured if I was doing all this reading, and wanted to call myself an Austen fan, I’d better do something about that.Read More »