Book Traveling Thursdays: A Favorite Classic

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Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “All of us have read Classics at some point of our life. Choose your favorite Classic“. I’m changing the game a bit this week… see, I haven’t read THAT MANY classics, and I already used my favorite, Pride and Prejudice, a while back (here). So, I’m going for a book whose story I know and love, and that I want to read soon, mainly because I own 2 copies of the book and it’s starting to get embarrassing: Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott.


Original COver:

As a true classic, the original cover wasn’t nothing like today’s books. 🙂

COVER FROM MY COUNTRY (PORTUGAL) & COVER FROM THE COUNTRY I LIVE IN (SPAIN):

                   

I really like this portuguese cover, it has a classic feel, but the illustration is nice. The other two covers are for spanish editions, a normal and an illustrated one. I couldn’t find the catalan cover for some reason… so, the first spanish cover is not really my thing, but the illustrated edition’s cover is gorgeous.

Favorite COVER(s):

                   

The first 2 editions should come as no surprise as my favorites. If you’ve been following my blog for some time now, you might know that these are the 2 editions I do own. I bought the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition in Brazil, of all places, and it’s the most gorgeous book I own. But then I arrived back in Barcelona, a few weeks after and found the Puffin Books edition and just couldn’t resist. I also love the last cover, from Random House UK.

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LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

                        

This being a classic and all, it has a million different covers (not a million, but way too many). So this are my least favorite covers from a quick Amazon search.

Top Ten Tuesday: Classics I Want to Read

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Top Ten Historical Settings You Love/ Ten Historical Settings You’d Love To See or Top Futuristic Books You Love/Ten Futuristic Societies I’d Love To Read in Books – basically this week is all about the past or the future….spin it however you choose!

I wasn’t going to do a TTT this week, because I don’t read nearly enough books set in the past or future to accomplish those themes. But then I remembered: CLASSICS! Most classics are set in the past, and I do have a lot of those on my TBR, so why not? So, here is my list of classics that I want to (eventually) read and that I already own.


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Top Ten Tuesday: My 10 (owned) Favorite Covers

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Freebie Week! Pick a topic near and dear to your heart! Something you wished was on our official list!

You know the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover“? Well, yeah, I do that. A LOT! Even when I really want to read a certain book, I’ll choose the prettiest edition of said book, because I love my cover. So, in honour of that, I’m using this freebie to showcase some of my favorite owned book covers. I’ll use PHYSICAL books that I already own, even if they haven’t been read yet.


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Hey, I’m back (and I can’t set foot in another bookstore…)

I’m home… after almost a week gone (that didn’t quite go as I expected), I’m back and hard at work again. The trip to the UK was ok, it was nice to see the friends, it was great to go to Oxford, the Phantom of the Opera was pretty good, and the Harry Potter Studio Tour was amazing as always. I didn’t quite spent as much time in London as I had hoped for, neither did I see much, but hey, I do know London quite well, so…

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Oxford was pretty great, we went to the Bodleian Library, which by itself is pretty amazing, to top it off, they actually filmed Harry Potter there and our guide was amazing. The next day we made our way to London, to see the change off the guard and a walk through Camden, this was great because although we saw little of the change of the guard, we actually saw the QUEEN!!! Not too shabby!

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(yeah, Speedy’s… Sherlock‘s filming location near Euston Square!)

The Harry Potter studio tour was on its Animal Actors Week, so there were actually Fangs and Hedwigs around the studios.

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All and all, the most pleasurable moments I had on this trip were my hours at several bookshops… It started back at Blackwell’s in Oxford… OMG, that place is amazing… all I know is that when I left Oxford I had already bought 6 books… yeah, 6! I ended up with 9 new books and having to dispatch my bag (I had no space left, otherwise I would also have bought an amazing edition of The Lord of the Rings that I found at Waterstones).

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Movie of the Week: Little Women (1994)

Just after I watched Jane Eyre, I was overcomed by the desire to watch another classic and a movie that I’ve been meaning to watch for a long while now and hadn’t found the time: Little Women (1994). People… 1994… I’m going to assume that nothing I can say on a movie that came out 20 years ago, from a novel that has more than 100 years, is going to be a spoiler, ok?!

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Just to be clear, I do remember watching it before – though not in full – and I did know the outline of the story, given that I watched the anime when I was a kid. Again, I haven’t read the book, but this is one that I desperately want to read.

Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott and published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. In 1994, Gillian Armstrong directed this adaptation to the big screen, which came out (almost) 20 years ago… (now I’m feeling old…). With Trini Alvarado, Winona Ryder, Claire Danes and Kirsten Dunst as Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March, and Susan Sarandon as their lovely mother (and lets not forget Christian Bale is also there playing Laurie).

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I love this movie so much, I laughed, I cried (a lot) – oh Beth, poor Beth… It was a rather enjoyable couple of hours, that I’ll be sure to repeat some time very soon. I absolutely love this story, I identify myself more with Meg and Beth, more than anyone of the others and I secretly (or maybe not so secretly) don’t really like Amy – though she has her moments when she’s little.

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One thing I will never be ok with: Laurie marrying Amy… JUST FREAKING NO! I don’t mind that Jo rejected him (though from what I just read, it was a stubbornness from Alcott that prevented them from being together). But Laurie marrying Jo’s younger sister?! Hell no! Come on, he should love her as a little sister, they didn’t have anything in common. I can only see one reason for that union: “well, I can’t have Jo, Meg is married, Beth will die soon… well, I’ll marry Amy!”… not cool man!

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