Through the month of August, Lucy the Reader on Youtube (will link her channel at the bottom) decided to create a readathon, which is called Classicsathon. Anyone could take part, and all you had to do was, read as many Classic books as you want durning August. You could read one or ten it was completely up to you. I ended up reading six.
1. Anne Of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.
As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever . . . but will the Cuthberts send her back to the orphanage? Anne knows she’s not what they expected—a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. If only she can convince them to let her stay, she’ll try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes and blurting out the first thing that comes to her mind. Anne is not like anyone else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special—a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreams of the day when she can call herself Anne of Green Gables. (Goodreads)
I loved Anne Of Green Gables so much, that it has now gone into my top favourite books, that I have ever read.
Goodreads: 5 stars
2. The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter.
Angela Carter was a storytelling sorceress, the literary godmother of such contemporary masters of supernatural fiction as Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Audrey Niffenegger, J. K. Rowling, and Kelly Link, who introduces this edition of Carter’s most celebrated book, published for the seventy-fifth anniversary of her birth. In The Bloody Chamber—which includes the story that is the basis of Neil Jordan’s 1984 movie The Company of Wolves—Carter spins subversively dark and sensual versions of familiar fairy tales and legends like “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Bluebeard,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” giving them exhilarating new life in a style steeped in the romantic trappings of the gothic tradition. (Goodreads)
This wasn’t my favourite out of the classics I read. I really thought I would enjoy these stories, but they just didn’t interest me. I love fairytales, but I found these to be boring to be honest.
Goodreads: 2.25 stars
3. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell.
When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England. Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of the local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice. This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill-owner and self-made man, John Thornton, as their fierce opposition over his treatment of his employees masks a deeper attraction. (Goodreads)
I really enjoyed North and South. I loved the romance between Margaret and John. After you have finished this book, I would go and watch the tv series, starring Richard Armitage. (heart eyes all the way)
Goodreads: 4 stars
4. Persuasion by Jane Austen
Twenty-seven-year old Anne Elliot is Austen’s most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy. The breakup produces in Anne a deep and long-lasting regret. When later Wentworth returns from sea a rich and successful captain, he finds Anne’s family on the brink of financial ruin and his own sister a tenant in Kellynch Hall, the Elliot estate. All the tension of the novel revolves around one question: Will Anne and Wentworth be reunited in their love? (Goodreads)
I really enjoyed this book, the only problem I had with it was, Anne Elliots family. They were the worst people and they really got on my nerves, especially with how they ignored and took advantage of Anne.
Goodreads: 3.75 stars.
5. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
This is Elizabeth Gaskell’s first novel, a widely acclaimed work based on the actual murder, in 1831, of a progressive mill owner. It follows Mary Barton, daughter of a man implicated in the murder, through her adolescence, when she suffers the advances of the mill owner, and later through love and marriage. Set in Manchester, between 1837-42, it paints a powerful and moving picture of working-class life in Victorian England. (Goodreads)
Out of the two Elizabeth Gaskell books I read, I prefer North and South, but this was still an enjoyable book and it was really well written for her first book.
Goodreads: 3.5 stars
6. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Peter Pan, the book based on J.M. Barrie’s famous play, is filled with unforgettable characters: Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up; the fairy, Tinker Bell; the evil pirate, Captain Hook; and the three children–Wendy, John, and Michael–who fly off with Peter Pan to Neverland, where they meet Indians and pirates and a crocodile that ticks. (Goodreads.)
I really enjoyed Peter Pan, I found this to be a really quick read, and I found it to be much darker than I thought it was going to be. If you don”t read much classics then I highly recommend you start with some children’s classics, you will find these much easier to get into than the other classics.
Goodreads: 4 stars
If you want to get more information on Classicsathon, then go to Lucy’s youtube channel.