Sometimes I want to read classics but I don’t want to read the original versions of them.
Some classic books are quite draining and dragged out, and I feel like giving up on them far too quickly.
These classic start books are perfect to introduce to young readers to ease them into the genre but they work well for adults as well, because they are simplified and to the point.
Originally I wasn’t planning on publishing any reviews on these books because they are quick reads, not the original text and I read them for proofreading before any of my kids read them, but setting them up for a mini review post isn’t too much of a big deal.
DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.
Frankenstein by Henry Brook (Young Reading)
Originally published: 2018
One of the finest pieces of fiction ever written. I don’t care how you read it, you feel sorry for the ‘monster‘. He didn’t ask to exist, he didn’t ask to look the way he looked, and when he asked for kindness in return from his creator, he was treated even more horribly by the one person who you would think would ‘love‘ him.
It was great to read the original story because it has been distorted over the years with the many adaptations released.
The book has a rating of 4.60 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (Classic Starts)
Originally published: 1876
This wasn’t a ‘wow’ classic, even though I gave it a high rating. The rating was helped along because of the fine writing. I’m not sure what children are suppose to learn from this book, except that matter the no amount of crap you pull on adults, one good deed is enough to forgive and forget behaviour. Or maybe I was reading the wrong book?
The book has a rating of 3.92 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.
Gulliver’s Travels by Martin Goodside (Classic Starts)
Originally published: 1726
I love how this book talks about different cultures and how different people and places are. Gulliver just couldn’t stay out of trouble and always found himself in some peculiar situations.
The misunderstanding within cultures is portrayed well and how clashes around the simplest of things are present. It’s also about adapting to some degree to other cultures whether to be polite, understand or plainly save your own butt!
The book has a rating of 3.99 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.
Little Women by Deanna McFadden (Classic Starts)
Challenge prompt: Christmas books
Originally published: 1868
I’m going to be one of the few people to say that I didn’t like the book. It came across preachy and had too much conversations that sometimes went nowhere. It shows how people can change due to their circumstances and what affects their lives. Even though there were some serious moments in the book, I couldn’t bring up any emotions to mirror them.
The book has a rating of 4.31 on GoodReads. I gave it a 3.
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