Some Books Just aren’t for Me

These are some really difficult times we are all going through.  The past couple of weeks, as I’ve been “forced” to stay home with little more to do than think, read, binge documentaries and other mindless shows, I’ve had plenty of time to come to terms with the fact that some books just aren’t meant for me.  It’s not necessarily the book that’s bad or the story is bad.  It’s just that the book does not resonate with me.

For the past four years I’ve made it a mission to read Anna Kerinina.  I’ve even downloaded the movie thinking that if I watched the movie I would feel inspired to read the book.  For four years I’ve beaten myself up because I still haven’t been able to accomplish that goal.  There is always another book, another something to do.  I can’t focus, I need water.  There is a blockage, I thought.  Why can’t I read this “stupid” book?

This week I came to terms with it.  It’s not the book and it’s not me.  We just aren’t meant to cross paths at this time.  I’m not going to force myself to read something that I’m not interested in reading.  Reading should not be painful and I always felt stressed when I sat down to read that book.  I don’t know why and perhaps I will never know why but does it matter?  Perhaps one day, without forcing it, I will pick it up again and read it and love it.  Right now I’m pretty certain that if I sit down and force myself to read it or listen to it, I’m going to resent it.  That will not be fair to the author or the book or the words written on the page.  A book should bring you pleasure and allow you to dream and envision yourself in the story.  Right now I would be reading it just to say I’ve read it and that’s no reason to read a book.

Anyway, I hope every one is doing well and staying healthy and enjoying time with a special book.  What is your special book?

Thanks for stopping by


Classic Book Tag

I wasn’t tagged by anyone but I thoroughly enjoy watching these tags on YouTube that I thought I’d participate.  I’m always on the lookout for tags that translate well to a blog and this is one of them.  Besides, who doesn’t enjoy a good classic?

The tag was started by TheSkepticalReader  and BeyondthePages. Take a look at their channels if you want to see their responses.

1. Why do you read Classics and how often do you read Classics?

I started dipping my toes in the waters of the classic world sometime last year when I discovered book blogs and Booktube.  There were so many interesting reviews.  I found my favorite classic of all time through one of these mediums.  As to how often I read classics?  not as often as I want to considering there are so many that I need to get through……

2. What is a period/country/culture that you haven’t read many classics from and would like too?

I’m going to say Portugal.  I know that there are other countries that I have not read any books from which I am sure have a rich history.  Portugal is my country of birth and therefore I always feel that I need to read more of our classics in order to remember where I came from.

3. Which modern book do you think will be a classic in 100 years time?

I really enjoyed Rules of Civility by Amor Towles.  I’m not really sure what makes a classic except that there is that something that other books do not have.  I feel that Rules of Civility has it.  Even the cover is great and has that classic look.


4. What was the last classic you read?

Rebecca was the last classic I read.  It seems like an eternity ago.  but I’m making my way through the list of classics on my TBR list.


This is the story of a young woman who while in the employee of a wealthy woman meets and falls in love with a gentleman who is also wealthy.  Although they barely knew each other they married.  The story follows her as she discovers a deep dark secrete which starts to unravel as she steps into the home of her new husband.  This book kept me at the edge of my seat.  Still one of my most favorite classics of all time.

5. What was the first classic you ever read?

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery.  My father used to read it to me and when I learned to read I read it to him.  I have also given this book as a present to all my nephews.

6. Favorite classic book cover.

Most of the classics I’ve read are on my eReader and since they are classics a lot of them are either free or a very inexpensive price and therefore they don’t really have a cover with any designs.  I may have forgotten the covers of the ones that are still boxed up in the basement waiting for my bookshelves to be ordered and installed.  This is my long way of saying that I will have to skip this answer.

7. Classic authors you wish had written more books

Anne Bronte.  She only wrote two novels.

8. Least Favourite classic

I absolutely hated Animal Farm by George Orwell.  I first read it in College for a political science class and I remember not liking it.  I thought it was because someone was making me read it.  I picked it up last year again to see if, in fact, it was as good as everyone claimed and I’m sorry to say (not really sorry) I didn’t like it at all.  It just didn’t’ connect with me.


9. Favorite translated classic

I think I will have to say that the Little Prince is the most favorite translated classic.  However, just so I don’t keep saying the same thing over and over again I’m also going to mention The Art of War by Sun Tzu.


10. Favourite modern classic (published after 1900)

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë.  The story of a woman who moves to a small town with her son to get away from an abusive situation.  She struggles to make ends meet but is determined to make it work.


Then there are a few Portuguese classics by Eça de Queirós.

11. Classic literary places you would like to visit

  • Menderley from Rebecca (are you shocked?)
  • Narnia from Chronicles of Narnia

12. First classic you would recommend for a child?

Because it’s my favorite I would recommend The Little Prince.  However, there are others.  While in college I took a children’s literature class and I really enjoyed The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.


13. Classics you think are mistitled and what would you title them?

As much as I tried I could not think of anything.

14. Your favourite classic you’d like to recommend to everyone.

I know that many may disagree with me but I will have to say that I have recommended Rebecca to everyone.  I think it’s a great introduction to the classics.  I think many people don’t read classics because they are often difficult to get through due to the difference in language.  The reason for this is that we continuously recommend the same difficult books.  I think Rebecca was “easy” to read …. not a fluffy type of ease.

I hope you enjoy this tag.  I’m making my way through two books right now Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen  and Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë.