Vouching For More Tech in Books

I am all for having the 21st century reflecting in our literature, but I feel like it’s rarely done – or should I say, rarely done well. Aside from being patronising or “omigod i am such a 20-year-old adult who hates facebook hahahhaah lol” “relatable”, there are few books that, I believe, actually reflect our use of technology in real life.

So hello, this is me vouching for using technology in literature.

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Classics on my TBR

I really would love to read some more classics in the new year. I tried to take part in a couple of classics challenges this year… but it just didn’t really happen.

With that being said, here are some classics on my TBR (to be read). I am doing a module at university next year called Austen and the Brontes, so I have excluded any of their novels that appear on that module list – all bar Pride and Prejudice are on my TBR! – so here are some that I want to read without them being prescribed reading!

Image result for howards end penguin english libraryHowards End by EM Forster

I believe that this has been adapted by the BBC and broadcast in the past couple of weeks, but I would love to read this novel. I read A Room With a View by Forster over summer, and absolutely loved it, so I’m so excited to get to this one!

Image result for dracula penguin english libraryDracula by Bram Stoker 

I’ve wanted to read the original Dracula for a long time, especially as I’ve recently read Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco (incredible series, btw). My incredible friend Natalie bought this for me recently, and I’m so excited to tuck myself up in bed, make sure there’s no vampires hiding in my room, and read it!

Image result for i capture the castle vintageI Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith 

I actually got this for Christmas… last year… and have not read it yet. This is a children’s classic, but that is not stopping me from wanting to read it! I have a beautiful edition too, with a cute cat on the spine (yes, I’m looking at it right now, and wanting to dive right into it) so I’m excited to read it!

Image result for fahrenheit 451 bookFahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury 

I reaaaaaaally want to read this book (sadly, however, it is at home right now). It’s a relatively short book too, so theoretically I should be able to devour it quickly. It’s one of my friend’s favourite books, and she keeps bugging at me to read it, so I should probably get around to that one sharpish.

Image result for down and out in paris and londonDown and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell 

I’ve read a few pieces by George Orwell – Animal Farm is one of my all-time favourite books – and I would really love to read Down & Out. Others on my Orwell TBR include basically the rest of his books! Homage to Catalonia is also high on my Orwell TBR.

I really hope you guys enjoyed this list! What’s on your classical literature TBR? I would love to know! and if you have any recommendations for me, I would love those also.

Until the next time,

hannah sign off

Friday Reads | 08/12/17

Hello all! Today is Fri-yay, and that means… Friday Reads!

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me this weekend pretending to read for my degree but just wanting to read saga. img: best animations 

If you didn’t know, Friday reads is a meme where you chat about what you’re reading over the coming weekend. I’m really excited about my TBR, so here we go!

This weekend, I am planning on reading a lot of essays for my medieval writing module for my degree, so I have three books to sift through:

  • The Magical Quest by Anne Wilson – I’m really hoping that this will help me to write about one of my favourite medieval tales, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. 
  • Boundaries in Medieval Romance by the Medieval Romance Conference – I’ve only flicked through this one, and only one essay looks like it will be helpful, but I still think that it’ll be a great one to read.
  • Understanding Genre and Medieval Romance by KS Whetter – nope, no idea what’s in this one, but I hope it’ll be good!

I also have a few online essays to read, as well as The Medieval British Literature Handbook, which I’ve actually had for weeks and barely looked through. Should be interesting!

As for other books, I also would love to finish The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter. I am about half way through it, and I am loving it so far! I’m really excited to read some of the shorter stories, though, and finally finish this epic collection. It’s also really helpful to my short story module for uni, so I’m excited to finish and hopefully it’ll help my final piece!

I also really want to read the poems collected in the Little Black Classic collection Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen. If you didn’t know, I vlog about LBCs all the time, and this was my latest pick. I’ve read a couple of the poems in here already, and I’m so excited to read them. There’s 36 in all.

So that is my Friday Reads! I would love to know what you’re all looking to read this weekend, so let me know in the comments below! Until the next time,

hannah sign off