Conquer the Classics

In 2021 I have set myself a list of classic reads I hope to tick off my TBR. This page will keep you updated on my progress and link you to my reviews so you can see what I thought about them throughout the year.

A Study in Scarlet

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I enjoyed this so much more than I thought. I will admit I was somewhat familiar with the story having seen various TV renditions and read numerous retellings of this particular story, so I thought I knew the general flow and story line. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I didn’t know as much as I had previously believed. The change in tone to a western style life story of a yet unknown character took me a little by surprise and threw me a little bit as I tried to familiarise myself with the abrupt change in narration style but …. CONTINUE READING REVEIW

The adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Sign of the Four
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Hound of the Baskervilles
The Return of Sherlock Holmes
The Valley of Fear
His Last Bow
The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

The Illiad
The Odyessy

The Hobbit

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was a nostalgia filled re-read for me. I loved sitting down and visiting middle earth again was a delight. It has been many years since I read this and I had forgotten all the little details that just make this so immersive. I really had forgotten all the songs, Bilbo’s inner monologues and his little asides. All of these really gave a feeling of the time spent on the journey and the stress, exhaustion but also the development of companionship, while also filling out the world of middle earth. There is always something from the page that gives you a little bit of action, a little bit of worldbuilding or those little moments of light relief. I was surprised how much I laughed at sassy remarks and slap stick moments. Its such a charming adventure … CONTINUE READING REVIEW

The Fellowship of the Ring

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I have to admit I have attempted and re-attempted to read this series many times over the years and tended to get to Tom Bombadil and then just put it down and never pick it back up. Which is why when a group of friends from The Write Reads Gang decided to do a buddy read I jumped at the chance to try and finally make my way through this series

After reading the Hobbit last month and loving it, I was so happy to be back with Bilbo. It is such a comforting start with lots of familiar faces and places. I love worldbuilding and this been just has such … CONTINUE READING REVIEW

The Two Towers

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I again had so much fun reading this instalment. I really liked the structure of this book. You know its going to be a good book when the first chapter has you in tears. The breaking of the Fellowship at the end of book 1, it was interesting to follow the stories on there three distinct paths, following first Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli on their hunt for Merry and Pippin, then getting the two hobbits side of the story and once reunited the combined story, before we went back again to follow Frodo and Sam’s Tale … Continue Reading

The Return of the King

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

 I adored the first half (book 5) of of this book. I loved following Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli in their adventures and Pippin serving the Lords of Gondor. So, when the tale switches (start of book 6) back to Frodo and Sam’s perspective I lost interest and put the book down. It took me 6 months to pick it back up again but I did and I finished it. I do find the Sam and Frodo aspects a bit tedious in end as to be honest not all much actually happens … Continue reading