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#2016ClassicsChallenge, Little Women.

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Reading is such a huge part of my life, now. I was an avid reader as a child, but secondary school and teenage years put a slight dampener on things (obviously I was too busy hanging out on friends' gardens and instant messaging). It wasn't until I started back at university that I rediscovered my love of reading, as you may be able to tell from "recent" blog posts. I don't know what direction this little blog will take this year, but I couldn't resist starting Stacey's Classics Challenge. One classic book per month, with an accompanying blog post, answering:
WHEN I Discovered This Classic
WHY I Chose to Read It
WHAT Makes It A Classic
WHAT I Thought of This Classic
WILL It Stay A Classic
WHO I’d Recommend It To
I haven't really given much thought to New Years Resolutions yet, so I guess this is a start. I've also set my goodreads reading challenge quota to 100, if nothing else in 2016 I'll read a lot!

Last year, I finally read Little Women. It took me longer than a month, as an iBook (I prefer the experience of reading a real book, cracking it open for the first time, actually turning the pages, it could be poetry couldn't it?) but I thoroughly enjoyed it. As a classic, it had been on my to-read list for a long time. Originally published in 1868/9, no-one could possibly argue that it isn't a classic. Our English lecturer suggested we make a "betterment" list of books, to widen our reading horizons, and Little Women was top of mine. The language, being so old fashioned, made it a difficult read at times - I had to stop several times to Google definitions of words I had never heard before! That added to the charm though, I got absolutely lost in another world of sisters, romance and a whirlwind of emotions. I would recommend this book to anyone, although a little slow paced at times the whole story really captured my heart.  

I am often quite sceptical about films based on books, but I am quite tempted by this. It's always interesting to see another's insight. Next on my classics list, Anne of Green Gables. 

Bee. 

2015.