Showing: 1 - 2 of 2 Articles

Classic Romance Books You Need to Read


Classic Romance Books You Need to Read

*not mine!! press the photo for link*

I have compiled some of my favourite classic romance books, from a scandalous affair in Russian high society to a messy reunion of 2 former lovers in the heart of New York's jazz age.

Book 1: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolsoy

The heroine of Tolstoy's epic tale of love and self-destruction, Anna Karenina, has accumulated beauty, wealth, popularity and has an adored son with her husband.

However, she feels that her life doesn't have a purpose until she encounters the Officer Count Vronsky, who happened to be engaged too Kitty. Their affair scandalises the high society and family alike, nevertheless bringing jealousy and bitterness in its wake.

This is quite a long book with 864 pages but not a difficult read; it's beautifully packed with detail making it easy to know where you are at and what is going on, unlike other older books.

Book 2: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Bronte tells the story of the orphaned Jane Eyre, who grows up in the home of her heartless aunt, enduring loneliness and cruelty. Her troubled childhood fuelled her independence, which proved necessary when she later works as a governess to the brooding, Mr Rochester.

As her feelings for Rochester develop, Jane gradually uncovers Thornfield Hall's terrible secret, forcing her to make a choice. Should she stay with Rochester and live with the consequences, or follow her convictions - even if it means leaving the man she loves?

What really stood out to me was Jane's struggle for self-realisation, her strong personality and wisdom helped her to persevere in the face of adversity. Making her one of the few examples of strong women in Victorian literature that I have read so far. The book had surprising twists and I had many mixed emotions throughout reading it.

Book 3: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

It begins in a snowstorm, when Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange on the bleak Yorkshire moors, is forced to seek shelter at Wuthering Heights, where he discovers the history of the tumultuous events that took place years before: the intense passion between the foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, her betrayal of him and the bitter vengeance he now wreaks on the innocent heirs of the past.

Honestly one of my all-time favourite novels. Emily Brontë describes the feelings of other characters so deeply, yet so realistically. And she managed to make such a perfect chemistry between Heathcliff and Catherine that made me feel it myself, yet it was toxic and obsessive enough to make you see how badly it would affect the character development of Heathcliff through out the story.

Book 4: Evelina by Frances Burney

Leaving the secluded home of her guardian for the first time, beautiful Evelina Anville is captivated by her new surroundings in London's beaumonde - and in particular by the handsome, chivalrous Lord Orville.

But her enjoyment soon turns to mortification at the hands of her vulgar and capricious grandmother, and the rakish Sir Clement Willoughby, who torments the naive young woman with his unwanted advances. And while her aristocratic father refuses to acknowledge her legitimacy, Evelina can hold no hope of happiness with the man she loves.

The book was full of romance and humour, honestly another favourite.

Book 5: The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

As Jay Gatsby is still madly in love with Daisy Buchanan, Gatsby seeks nothing less than to recapture the moment five years earlier when his best and brightest dreams - his `unutterable visions' - seemed to be incarnated in her kiss.

The end - which was a form of dramatic irony - had surprised me fully, making this a memorable book. It can be quite difficult to grasp who's perspective you're in, but by the description you should be able to grasp what's going on.

How to implement reading into your daily routine


How to implement reading into your daily life

*not mine!! press the photo for link*

Reading is an amazing hobby to pick up on, that can bring numerous benefits to your life! From improved vocabulary and language skills to enhanced brain function and a stress reliever!

However, for many of us, finding the time and motivation to read can be a struggle. If you're looking to make reading more of a part of your daily routine, here are a few tips to help you get started!

1) Time

Choosing a dedicated time to read every week, every other day or everyday! Staying highly focused and fixated on something new can be challenging, so you should implement reading one step at a time. Don’t force or over-tire yourself to read all the time at once or you can be pulled away from reading!

You can read for as long as you’d like; before bed, during your lunch break, on the weekends or when you have nothing else to do for the day. If you consistently read at a certain time, it’ll be the norm for you and you’ll automatically read whenever it’s time!

2) Genre

Choosing a book that suits you is a gamechanger. If you’re reading something that genuinely doesn't interest you then it can be difficult to stay motivated to read. It’s best to start off with a book that contains any interests you already have. This can be “how to guides” or “crime novels” etc. Always read the blurb and the description of a book before reading, see if it hooks you in, if it doesn’t…it’s best not to bother reading it.

3) Lists and Goals

Having a list of books you’d like to read can help you stay intrigued in reading, since you already know what book you’d like to read next and you may wonder what the book will be like, boosting your curiosity.

Setting a goal can also be the way when trying something new. You could set a goal to read 50 pages a day, or to complete 12 books in a year! You’re more likely to accomplish that goal because you’re eager to tick it off! You could also consider joining a reading challenge or a book club, you’d be surrounded by people in the same position and interests as you, motivating you even more!

4) Choosing a reading spot

Finding a comfortable spot to read in is much more effective than you may think! Having a dedicated place to read can make it feel more special and enjoyable. Consider curling up in bed reading, or find a quiet spot at the library or a coffee shop to read in.