• Off into Manchester once again to meet one of my favourite people for some lunch🍕
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And to pick up a final few holiday bits! Not long now 💕
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There’s a review of Good Omens up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Myself and @sam_g_oldham binge watched the show too and my god it’s good!
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#qotd - what is your go to Pizza?
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  • Mild radio silence for a few days...I was so caught up in Dark Age!
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Well I’ve now finished it and I’m not entirely sure what to do with myself now...😭
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Tonight I’m off to see my favourite person and watch more Mindhunter! We’re rewatching the first season atm💕
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There’s also a raft of new posts up on my blog including a little look at some of my random holiday purchases.
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#qotd: what book gave you the biggest hangover?
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  • I’ve almost finished Dark Age and my god what a ride! Books like this remind me why I love reading.
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I can’t imagine how this series is going to be wrapped up in the next book🙈
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I plan on finishing it off today and then going baking with my favourite person💕
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There’s an unboxing of the @fairyloot July box on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - favourite kind of cake?
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  • A day spent in joggers with a good book is always a day well spent.
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Well, I did spend the morning ripping apart the house whilst tidying and clearing out 😂
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A little holiday purchase here. I’ve lusted after @diptyque products for ageees before I took the plunge.
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A little write up of the Vetyverio perfume is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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  • Who knew sipping cocktails all day and night would stop you reading as much?😂🍹
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A bit of a slower reading month but I had a lot of fun and a really good relax on holiday!
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Only 17 days till the next one with my favourite person💕
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My July reading Wrap Up is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#book #bookblogger #blogger #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookish #wrapup #holiday #manga #fantasy #scifi #contemporary
  • Spending a day on the couch again but for much less happy reasons. I am the worst patient when I’m ill 😭
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On a happier note I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour for A Chain Against the Dawn by @drewwilliamsirl
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What an amazing novel! Think Illuminae meets Guardians of the Galaxy😍
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There’s a full review up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#book #bookblogger #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookish #blogger #blogtour #achainacrossthedawn #drewwilliams #scifi #bookshelf #booknerdigans
  • I am not moving from the couch today😂
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I have Netflix on, a tea and a blanket...what more could you need?☕️
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There’s a new post up...another Seraph of the End review😂 (Link in bio✌🏻)
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  • What a wonderful day yesterday 😍
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And another planned tonight!🍸
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There’s a review up of THAT Chanel Bronzer (Link in bio✌🏻)
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The holiday purchases now making their way onto the blog 🙊
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#blog #blogger #beautyblogger #beauty #chanel #chanelmakeup #bronzer #makeup #creambronzer #soleiltandechanel #review
  • Can’t wait to head back to Ville Franche next year with my favourite person.
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Boat loads of wine and snazzy bruschetta 👏🏻
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There’s a little TBR up for the NEWTs read-a-thon up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: Have you got a favourite city abroad?
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  • Off to Southport today with some of my favourite people💕
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Pass me the fish and chips🍟
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There’s a new review of Volume Fourteen of Seraph of the End up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: What makes you think of the seaside?🍭🧜🏻‍♀️🐟
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  • Still playing a little bit of catch up with content I had planned...
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Admittedly, spending two weeks drinking cocktails was well worth it😏
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Tomorrow I’m off to Southport with Sam and some friends, then this weekend we’re off into Manchester for food and a night out🙊
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There’s a review up of Seraph of the End Volume Thirteen (Link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: What are your plans this weekend?
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Books TBR

8 Classics I Want To Read In 2018

February 15, 2018

I've never really been someone that read classics unless it was for school, the only one I've ever read off my own back was Dracula and though it's one of my favourite novels now, at the time I really struggled with it. I've never been a quick reader when it came to pre 20th century literature but University has forced me to become one. Which I'm incredibly grateful for. It's also pushed me to expand my reading tastes and as a result I want to attempt to read more classics for pleasure rather than for an exam. Here are the eight I'm hoping to read this year. 

2. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

As I mentioned before one of my favourite classics is Dracula, the other is Frankenstein. Both novels of the gothic genre. I want to give Northanger Abbey a go as it's a bit of a mickey take of the gothic genre. From what I understand the main character is infatuated with gothic romance novels and as a result is convinced that other characters are vampires. I can't wait to give this a go. 

You can find the Goodreads page here

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

This gives me The Bloody Chamber vibes and I'm so excited to read this. The title character isn't actually part of this novel, not in the traditional sense. Rebecca is the first wife of Maxim de Winter and seems to have passed away. The book is from the perspective of his new bride and how she learns about what happened to his first wife. 

You can find the Goodreads page here

4. Dr. Jekyll and My Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

I remember watching The League of Extraordinary Gentleman and loving the character of Jekyll and Hyde, after that I decided that one day I was going to read Jekyll and Hyde. Well, I've decided that this is the year! I'm excited to look at it with a literature students perspective too. I think it'll offer some interesting insights on the evil inherent within man. 

You can find the Goodreads page here

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

I don't know a massive amount about this book. I just know that quite a few people in my A-Level lit class had read this and recommended it. From what I have gathered I believe it's about a mans disturbing obsession with a twelve year old girl. It's one on the literary bucket list I want to tick off. 

You can find the Goodreads page here

 

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

This isn't the happiest of novels by any means, it follows Esther Greenwood throughout her life. From her job at a ladies magazine through to her attempted suicide and her re-entry back into the world. Much like The Mayor of Casterbridge I don't think this is a novel to be enjoying but one to be studied and appreciated. 

You can find the Goodreads page here

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

If I remember correctly then I do believe that this is one of my friends favourite books (Jack, sorry if I got that wrong) and I've always heard fantastic things about it. It follows a teenager named Holden Caulfield as he's just been kicked out of his fourth school. It sounds like a coming of age novel and I'm really looking forward to reading this. 

You can find the Goodreads page here

1984 by George Orwell

I think now more than ever this is a novel that I need to read considering the political climate around the world. A dystopian future is looking more and more possible with ever passing day. 

You can find the Goodreads page here

4. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

After hearing how well received the Tv adaptation of this series was I knew I wanted to read the book. It sounds phenomenal if decidedly terrifying. In this world women are no longer allowed to read and certain women, dubbed handmaids are valued for nothing more than their ability to procreate. It sounds like an incredibly powerful read. 

You can find the Goodreads page here

Those are the Classics I want to read in 2018. 

Do you want to read any of these?

Or are there some others?

Thank-you for reading, 

Katie x 

  • Reply
    JJ @ This Dark Material
    February 15, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Ooo, lots of excellent titles on that list! I can highly recommend Handmaid’s Tale, Bell Jar, Lolita, 1984, and Rebecca. (The rest are lovely as well!) I think you’re going to really enjoy working through them all this year 🙂

    • Reply
      Katie - A Novel Idea
      February 16, 2018 at 11:41 am

      Hopefully!
      I think I’m going to start with Handmaid’s Tale soon, I really want to watch the series for it too.

      Katie x

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    Charlotte
    February 17, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Rebecca is one of my FAVOURITES. I reckon you should give Wuthering Heights a go if you haven’t; you have to plough through the first few chapters with the WORLDS WORST NARRATOR but once you get to Nelly it’s so much more readable.

    Also, you might have read it but The Great Gatsby is one of the greatest novels ever written 😍

    Damn I love classics

    • Reply
      Katie - A Novel Idea
      February 19, 2018 at 1:43 pm

      I’m looking forward to Rebecca!
      I tried reading Wuthering Heights a few years ago and just didn’t get on with it. DNF’D it. I’m determined to finish it this time though!
      I read The Great Gatsby for my A-Levels. I like it but I think having to read it over and over again pulling it apart diminished my enjoyment…that and I struggled with Nick as a narrator.

      Katie x

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    lauren
    February 17, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    ive been reading 1984 for a bit now and everyone promises me that the second half is really good but i cant seem to get to it! im really struggling with it haha

    • Reply
      Katie - A Novel Idea
      February 19, 2018 at 1:39 pm

      I’ve heard this from a few people now. I’m stubborn when it comes to reading, so if I start it I will have to finish it. Which is fine, except I can’t read more than one book at once so it’ll probably mean I’m stuck on it for ages! I think I might go for 1984 over the summer…try and get through it quickly.

      Katie x

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