Book Tag: The Classic Book Tag

Book Tag: Classic Book Tag, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas
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It’s been a while since my last book tag, and as an English major, this one is right up my alley. Between required reading for school and personal interest, I’ve read more than my fair share of classics. Unfortunately, looking back, I now realize they were written by mostly British (or Canadian/American) white men (and a few women). Pretty sad. I hope schools have since expanded their definition of classic lit to include more women, more world lit, and a lot more authors of colour. I’ve been working on improving the diversity of my reading material, but I know I still have a long way to go. I think we all have a lot of reading to catch up on…

(By the way, this tag was snagged from A Geek Girl’s Guide. Feel free to post it on your blog, or share your thoughts in the comments below.)

A classic you read in school

Surprisingly, I couldn’t get into Hamlet like I did with other Shakespeare works I read, until I saw a screen adaptation. Then it finally came to life for me. I guess sometimes you really need to see a play being performed.

Book Tag: Classic Book Tag, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas

A classic you read outside of school

Read it, loved it, recommend it. Dumas has a very readable and engaging style of writing.

Book Tag: Classic Book Tag, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas

A classic you didn’t finish

It’s probably debatable whether Gone with the Wind is still considered a classic, but it was when I read it. It’s also the only classic I can remember not finishing. For what it’s worth, Mitchell is a good writer and GwtW is interesting, if cringe inducing. The funny thing is that I stopped reading it only a couple of pages from the end. I have no idea why I didn’t just finish it, but I think it was because I’d seen the movie around that time and I already knew how it ended. I guess Rhett didn’t give a damn and neither did I. Maybe one day I’ll go back and read those last couple of pages. Maybe.

Book Tag: Classic Book Tag, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas

A classic you haven’t read

I have it– I just haven’t read it yet (the downside of having a sizable TBR pile).

Book Tag: Classic Book Tag, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas


A classic you want to read

Considered the world’s first novel (and written by a woman), and yet I somehow never heard of it until recently. The Tale of Genji is now on my short list of must-reads (which is actually still pretty long, now that I think of it).

Book Tag: Classic Book Tag, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas

A classic you’ve read multiple times

Did you know that you lose your Canadian citizenship if you haven’t read Anne of Green Gables? Okay, maybe not, but if you haven’t read this classic, you’re missing out. Sorry.

Book Tag: Classic Book Tag, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas


Wondering what sort of books get written by English Majors who warp their minds reading a dubious mix of classics, horror, and fantasy? Click to find out…

Books by Aspasia S. Bissas

Love Lies Bleeding: SmashwordsBarnes & NobleKoboApple Books, Amazon
Blood Magic: SmashwordsBarnes & NobleKoboApple Books
Tooth & Claw: SmashwordsBarnes & NobleKoboApple Books

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Aspasía S. Bissas

16 Replies to “Book Tag: The Classic Book Tag”

    1. Thank you 🙂 I have an actual, physical TBR pile, a virtual ebook TBR pile, and a wishlist of books to get (and then add to the TBR piles). My plan is to live long enough to read them all (inspired by an old Twilight Zone episode), so I should be around for a while 😉

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      1. Haha, now that is a veritable pile of piles 😉 Some TZ episodes were wonderfully inventive and I like the idea of someone twisting time to read the world’s knowledge haha

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      2. Not to worry– it was just a reference to another TZ episode 🙂 I can’t decide if having to read the same book for eternity would be okay or terrible. Probably closer to the latter (especially depending on the book!)

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  1. Damn. Anne of Green Gables used to be my favorite as a child. I didn’t even read the sequels. But recently I started watching the tv series adaptation and it’s bringing back such fond memories. Gilbert was my first crush. ☺❤

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    1. I didn’t read all the sequels, but the ones I did read I found disappointing. For myself, leaving it at the first book works best 🙂 I don’t think I ever quite forgave Gilbert for calling Anne “carrots” lol

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      1. Aww yes. But I think I fell for him the minute he saved her at the creek. Who am I kidding, I liked him right when he pinned Anne’s hair to the bench. XD

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