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Sherlock Holmes: 130 Years

Hey guys! 

Hope you’re well and plodding through October soundly. I’m trying to have a restful Saturday, I have been exploring though! Nevertheless, the focus of this post is that today is the anniversary of the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes in A Study In Scarlet. 130 years ago, Sherlock Holmes first appeared and the rest, as they say, was history. I wonder if Conan Doyle know that he had created an absolute literary legend?! 


As an avid Sherlock Holmes fan, it felt like the perfect opportunity to celebrate this occasion with you all. So, to celebrate this I wanted to share 5 awesome things about Sherlock Holmes (in my opinion!)
1. He has his own statue in London. Pretty cool. 

2. Queen Victoria was a huge Sherlock Holmes fan. It had royal approval! She invited Doyle to the palace for a private reading and gave him an emerald tie pin. 

3. Sherlock Holmes has been on film for over century. That’s a lot of variations to watch. 

4. Conan Doyle wanted to kill Holmes off out of boredom after two years. Can you imagine? 

5. 221B Baker Street did not exist in Doyle’s time. It wasn’t until 1930 when the houses were renumbered. It was knocked down the same year anyway. 

What would life be like without Sherlock Holmes? It’s a collection of novels that have changed me because they’re just so smart. After all: “To a great mind, nothing is little.” I refer to Sherlock Holmes in my teaching. Therefore, I can safely say, my life would be very different without him! 

Have a great weekend everyone. 

Big love xx

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The Classics Book Tag

  
Hey everyone! 

Goodness it’s been a week since I posted. I apologise. It’s been a really funny time. I’ve been battling personal demons and struggling with different pressures at work. But, I’m all good and I’ve missed you all terribly! I’ve tried to keep up with everyone, but I’m sorry if I haven’t done a good job. 

ANYWAY! 

Now, some of you know my background is in classic literature (mainly) so, when the lovely Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland thought of me for this tag, I just couldn’t resist! Thank you for thinking of me. 

Here goes! (All images are from Google.)


An overhyped classic you didn’t really like:

Hmmm, this may be controversial, but I really didn’t enjoy Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It gave me the most awful nightmares. Vampires aren’t my thing really.

  


Favourite time period to read about:

I studied the Victorian period when I was doing my Masters degree. Therefore, this has to be my favourite. I love it. I really wish I had seen it and experienced it for myself. The next best thing: How To Be A Victoria by Ruth Goodman. Such an awesome book. 

  


Favourite fairy tale:

I’m a huge fan of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. My favourites are: Hansel & Gretel, Snow White and Cinderella. 

  


What is the most embarrassing classic you haven’t read? 

Bit awkward… Moby Dick. I’ve never really felt interested about this whale story. I can’t see how I would enjoy it. I may give it a go at some point… Maybe. I feel so bad because people rave about this book. Oh well. 

  


Top 5 classics you’d like to read soon:

The Old Curiousity Shop – Charles Dickens 

  
Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

  
Crime & Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky 

  
Dubliners – James Joyce 

  
The Go-Between – L.P. Hartley

  


Favourite modern book/series based on a classic:

I am currently loving the BBC version of An Inspector Calls. They’ve made some changes (with Priestley’s son’s help) but it’s still dramatic and intense. It still makes you question your every move. 

  


Favourite movie version / TV series based on a classic:

On ITV at the moment is this awesome amalgamation of a number of Dickens classics. It’s called Dickensian and it’s just amazing. I’m LOVING it so much. I can’t work it out either, but it’s so clever how so many classics have been weaved into one. 

  


Worst classic to movie adaptation:

Well, normally I’m not a fan, but the ones I’ve seen recently I’ve enjoyed. So, I guess I can’t answer this yet! 

Favourite edition(s) you would like to collect more classics from:

The Penguin clothbound are just stunning. I also have a massive soft spot for any Folio society books. Soooooo pretty. I’m really shallow. If a book is pretty, I’m way more likely to buy it. Without a doubt. 

  
  


An under-hyped classic you’d recommend to everyone:

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. It’s absolutely brilliant. It gives a voice to Bronte’s Bertha in the attic from Jane Eyre. Naturally, because Jane Eyre is so successful, this novel got left in the dark. But, I couldn’t recommend another book more than this. 
So that’s that. Thanks again Erika. I’m tagging the following lovelies:

Melanie Noell Bernard

Simon

Liam

The Lonely Author

The Orang-utan Librarian

Claire

Giselle

Jess

Drifting Lexi

Josh

& any other classics lover out there. No time? Not your thing? Don’t worry. 
Big love to you x

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