Discussion: Studying English!

Hello all! It’s Alice over at Married To Books and Alice Reads Classics! Today’s post is going to be another discussion one and I really need to finish replying to all of the comments from the last discussion post, whoops XD

The topic for today’s discussion is studying English. I don’t mean simply casually reading a book and say OK I accomplished something, I mean actually getting to know the characters, the surroundings, the plotline etc. Sounds like a boring job right? Well… That’s for you to submit your thoughts!

As someone who was only predicted to get one English GCSE (Language) and ending up with two GCSEs (B in Language, C in Literature), that sparked off a real desire in me. There is a reason why I got those grades, it was due to the fact I had an open mind when reading a poem from an anthology or a chapter from Of Mice and Men.

I’m someone who likes to go into every book with an open mind. And not let constant distracting thoughts get in the way of understanding the story. In a previous post, I discussed how I read and studied classic books and that was a very popular post. 

Here are the things that I will be using to study English again at College:

– Always start reading a poem/chapter/essay with an open mind.

– Take time to understand just exactly what message is being portrayed to the reader.

– Look for a “Stand-Out” sentence and quote that for reference.

– Paint a visual image in my mind of the characters speaking in the text to try and form some connection to them.

– Talk to other students and share thoughts: Honestly, whenever I talk about books and blogging, I don’t shut up! 😛

If you are studying English at school, college, university or teach English, I would love to hear your story about your journey with studying it. Regarding to classics in particular, did you struggle to connect with reading them or were they simply your new favourite thing?

Let’s get chatting!

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Thanks so much for reading, new post soon!


Visit To Bookbarn: A Mostly Penguins Book Haul

Just when you thought Alice bought too many books from her experiences in Hay the previous week for her 19th birthday, along come six new purchases! *faints* Believe me, book buying bans never work. What appeals to me about Penguins is that a few I found today, I honestly have no idea what the plotline is about or other people’s thoughts on them. So, I’m feeling excited and nervous to read them. So, let’s get started and explain why I picked up these books:

First is Flowers In The Attic by Virginia Andrews. This review (when I’ve read it) most likely will be posted on my other blog (Married To Books Reviews and Blog) because this isn’t a classics or a Penguin book. After no luck finding it in Hay, my Mum found a copy just as I was about to leave Bookbarn and pay for the stack of books I already had on my hand. All I know about the book is that it involves four children who live alone in an attic after their father dies and their mother keeps them in the attic after promising them an inheritance. I’ve heard very mixed reviews on this book so I plan to tread carefully with reading it.

Next is Penguin book number 1344, Where Angels Fear To Tread by E.M Forster. At the time of writing this post, I’m literally about to start reading A Room With A View written by the same author. My Mum said that she studied this book back when she was at sixth form but I have zero idea what it is about.

I also found my first ever Penguin Green! It’s number 2321, The Merry Hippo by Elspeth Huxley. All I know from just flicking through the book is that the location where this is set is in Africa and obviously someone dies. But I don’t know who 😛

(Internal commentary by Alice- Must read more on the book before I blog about it).

Moving on…

I acquired Men At Arms by Evelyn Waugh. This is the first book in a trilogy about a guy called Guy (You read that right) who goes to war under the Royal Corps of Halberdiers. Evelyn also wrote Brideshead Revisited which currently I haven’t read. Let me know if I should read it!

Book five is volume one of short stories by F.Scott Fitzgerald who wrote The Great Gatsby called The Diamond As Big As The Ritz. I don’t know about you readers but I absolutely love reading short stories! I did purchase in Hay some other short story collections but this one caught my we immediately.

The final book in this haul is Around The World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne which I read aged nine. I also have watched the film version with Pierce Brosnan in. Thanks to my Dad who found this lovely edition for me since I used to own a copy of this book but it was not the best condition so decided to donate it, now I have a copy again!

That concludes my book haul! All of these books were purchased at Bookbarn International which is based in SW England and is England’s largest used Book Warehouse. I started buying and reading books there aged five and now at nineteen, I’m still finding a stack of books each time even though I have no shelf space to store them all on. I love the range of Penguins that they have scattered around. Definitely worth a visit!

That’s it for this post, it was a long one but thanks so much for sticking by. Don’t forgot to like, comment and subscribe. See you all soon with a new post!


A Warm Welcome!

Hello readers! A very warm welcome to my blog Alice Reads Classics! My name is Alice and I am nineteen years old. If you are new to my blogging, here are some quick facts that you need to know:

  • I started blogging in January 2016 under my blog name Married To Books Reviews and Blog. That blog is still active.
  • I have a following on Goodreads, Twitter and Instagram.
  • I blog about books and mental health.

This blog will focus on the Classics so think Charles Dickens, The Brontës, Jane Austen and so on as well as reviewing Penguin Classics. I do have plans to start reading and collecting the Penguin Green Classics (Crime).

I plan to update this blog between 3-4 times a week depending on the speed of me reading and finishing a book, I will be returning to education in September so days for posting will be confirmed!

I am very excited to start on this new chapter of my blogging and book reviewing journey. I really do hope that you support me through this ❤

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My goal is to make this a safe, warm, welcoming site that discusses books. Any questions/queries, don’t hesitate to contact. For all of my social media links, there is a bar underneath my header where you can click on contacts for ways of following me across all platforms.

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Thanks so much for reading and supporting, have a really good day/night and see you all soon!


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