Hi, I’m Ophelia, and I am a self-confessed word enthusiast. From written to spoken, reading or listening, I have a passion for the power of language. Since university, I’ve had little cause to write creatively so this is my space to indulge myself and share my thoughts on a variety of word-related topics.
I want people to continue to appreciate the art of words and how to use them as we head towards a world with increasing focus on technology.
In 2015 I set myself a challenge of reading and reviewing the classic works of literature that frequently appear on Top 100 book lists. I’ve always loved reading but I’ve found it difficult in the past to get stuck into the classics. By starting this blog as a place to collect my thoughts on the books I read, I hoped to hold myself accountable to keep going and share my reflections with others.
Since then, it’s done exactly that. There have been books I’ve loved and books I haven’t but I have been struck by how far off my preconceptions about classic literature generally were. As a result, I’m making it my mission to try and break down some of the barriers to reading this type of book and prove that just because a book is marked as a classic does not make it irrelevant, dreary and difficult (as I always thought!)
Check out my list here.
If you have any suggestions for what I should add, I’d love to hear them!
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Your blog is awesome. Have you heard of The Classics Club? It’s a whole bunch of bloggers who are all blogging about the classics. They have buddy reads sometimes (see @ourclassicsclub on Twitter) & just generally enthuse about classics together. You just list fifty classics you want to read & blog about in five years, & do exactly what you’re doing here, only with an exponentially bigger group. 🙂 Right now they’re having their classics spin: you list twenty titles numbered 1-20, and on Friday, they draw a number, and you have to read the book that corresponds to that number. The fun part is everyone going to one another’s lists and enthusing and saying “I hope you get # 9!!” and such things. Adds to the fun. 🙂
Jillian, glad you like it! That sounds like a great idea – I’ll check it out! Would love to see what other people in the community think of some of the titles I have coming up. There are definitely some on this list I might need a push with! Thanks for reading 🙂
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