Reading The Classics: Why You Need to Read Them Now (& Not In High School)

Reading The Classics and Why You Need To Read Them Now!

Most readers will tell you that in order to be a well-read person, you need to read a wide variety of books. But does that include reading the classics?

Classics tend to have a bad reputation; they’re dry, they’re boring, they’re long, they’re not that interesting, or they’re not at all relevant.

But what if I told you that there are loads of classic books out there that are exciting, engaging, and interesting? Plus, what if those classics weren’t the long tomes you thought they were?

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Reading Agatha Christie: 5 Exciting and Essential Reads

Reading Agatha Christie - Here are 5 of the most exciting and essential reads that I can recommend.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Agatha Christie holds the record for the best-selling fiction author of all time. Her books (78 novels) have been published in 44 different languages and have sold over 2 billion copies worldwide. But where do you begin if you want to start reading Agatha Christie?

Dame Agatha Christie was born in 1890 in Torquay, England. She wrote her first poem in 1901, and 15 years later, she released her first novel, The Mysterious Affair At Styles, which featured the now infamous detective, Hercule Poirot. According to this article, she was a part-time archaeologist, an expert on poisons, and only second in popularity to Shakespeare.

Now, just over 100 years since her first book was published, it can seem intimidating to start reading her vast catalogue of books. Where do you start? How do you read them – in order of publication, by series? What should you avoid? I’m here to help you out.

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Mini Audiobook Review: Nothing but Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

Cassandra Khaw's Nothing But Blackened Teeth is a gloriously spooky romp through a haunted house, perfect for fans of The Haunting of Hill House.


Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: January 1, 2021
Genre: Horror, Novella

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Cassandra Khaw’s Nothing But Blackened Teeth is a gorgeously creepy haunted house tale steeped in Japanese folklore and full of devastating twists.

A Heian-era mansion stands abandoned, its foundations resting on the bones of a bride and its walls packed with the remains of the girls sacrificed to keep her company.

It’s the perfect wedding venue for a group of thrill-seeking friends.

But a night of food, drinks, and games quickly spirals into a nightmare. For lurking in the shadows is the ghost bride with a black smile and a hungry heart.

And she gets lonely down there in the dirt.

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Why Audiobooks Make Me Happy

Earlier today, I was trying to “recycle” an old post from my old blog about audiobooks and how great they are. Unfortunately, as I went through the post, it just didn’t make sense to my life now, so I thought I’d write a whole new one about why audiobooks make me happy.

First, storytime.

I remember – and this is one of my fondest memories of childhood – when my brother would read my Little Golden Books onto a cassette tape (yes, I am “cassette tape” old) and have prompts for me to turn the page as I listened back. I loved that he could read my books to me even when he wasn’t there. That was probably one of my first experiences with an audiobook.

Years went by, and I never thought of listening to books “on tape” again. When I was in my early days of blogging, back in the early 2010s, I joined a readathon, the 24-Hour Readathon. I learned during that time that it was physically impossible to sit and read for 24 hours straight. At some point, you need to get up and stretch your legs, make food, and move your body. This is where my next exposure to audiobooks came in.

My Second “First” Audiobook

Thinking back, I can’t believe my first audiobook at that time was a Jay Leno memoir. But this was back when audiobooks weren’t totally a thing yet. I don’t think Audible was nearly as popular as it is today, and so the only real way I could get audiobooks was physically through my library. And by “physically,” I mean CD-style audiobooks or little prerecorded iPod-type contraptions that I just had to hook my headphones up to.

Let’s just say it wasn’t super convenient.

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20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge 2023

Who loves a summer reading challenge?

Summer is probably the one time when I have huge aspirations to read a LOT, but then I remember, halfway through the summer, that I am a mom to young children, and they’re loud and hang off of you and generally don’t care if you read a book or not.

But fear not! This summer, I have a plan!

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