Classics That I’ve Read and Loved

Classics seem to scare a lot of people and I can understand why. They can be hard to read, a lot are crazy philosophical, and more than a few are just plain boring. However, classics are classics for a reason, and it makes sense to give them a shot. There are some classics that I’ve read and absolutely couldn’t stand, no matter how many people tell me what great books they are, and there are some classics that I’ve read and they’ve become some of my favourite books, so here are some classics that I’ve read and absolutely adored.

My Next Ten Reads

I’ve been so busy with uni lately that I’ve barely found the time to read, and I honestly hate that so much. My to-be-read list, however, continues to grow and I thought I would create a shortlist of the ten books that I absolutely need to read next. Some of these are sequels in series that I loved but never finished, some have been sitting in the back of my mind for ages and most of them have been sitting, unread, on my bookshelf for months. I think it’s time to finally move them from my to-be-read to my read list.

Review: The Otto Digmore Difference by Brent Hartinger

I was going to say that this isn’t exactly the kind of book that I would normally read, and in one way it definitely is not, but in another - when I really think about - this is exactly the kind of book I would normally read. The Otto Digmore Difference by Brent Hartinger follows the story of Otto Digmore, an actor, who has recently had what he believes is his big break in Hollywood, starring in a supporting role on a popular sitcom. However when Otto’s show is cancelled, he finds that the only roles that have opened up to him are those trying to take advantage of his severely scarred face and cast him as a villain or a freak. That is until a role comes up that seems perfect. The novel follows the journey that Otto and his best friend Russel take across the country in the hopes of landing Otto’s dream role. All the typical road trip cliches happen — much to Russel’s delight — and a number of old feelings reappear — not that Russel can ever know about that.

Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr has definitely just been added to my list of favourite books. I bought this book in January last year, got about 45 pages in and got distracted. It took me this long to come back to it, but I am so glad I did. All the Light We Cannot See is set in the lead up to and during World War II and presents a number of perspectives on this time. The two main stories being followed are those of a blind French girl, Marie-Laure LeBlanc, and a German boy, Werner Pfennig.

Review: Johnny and Jamaal by K.M. Breakey

Johnny and Jamaal introduces two boys who are just beginning what promise to be majorly successful sporting careers. Johnny, a 22 year-old white Canadian, has just been signed to a national ice hockey team, while Jamaal, an 18 year-old African-American, is entertaining prospects of an offer to join an NBA team. A shocking event occurs when the two of them meet in a St. Louis carpark, and the racial situation in America is immediately thrown into the media spotlight. Whilst not my normal read, this book certainly gave me a lot to think about.