This year I decided that I was going to try to read more classics. Which is harder than I thought it would be. For two reason. One I have already read a lot of classics, and two they are long.
I am not scared of long books, nor do I have anything against them. There just, well, long. 😛
So far this year I have read nine books. Not bad right. And no they were not all classics. Only two of them were ‘classics’. I did read two Poirot mysteries, but I don’t think they count as classics. :-\ One day they will. I am just reading them a head of time. 😉
The two classics that I have read this year were Evelina, by Fanny Burney, and A Room with a View, by E.M Forster.
I didn’t read A Room with a View. I listened to it. It was seven hours of listening!! I don’t want to know how thick that book would have been if I had gotten the physical copy from the library. I enjoyed this book. It took me a while to get into. For a bunch of different reasons. First you kind of have to ‘readjust’ your mind when reading or a listen to an old book because the pace is considerable different from newer books. Second the reader was awful! And then I might have had a few siblings yelling in the background making it hard to listen to it. BUT I eventually got into the book and did enjoy it. The only problem I had with the story was the theology they presented. I don’t think it was really atheism, but it was close to that. Other than that I thought it was a good story. I enjoyed it.
“Then she lay on her back and gazed at the cloudless sky. Mr. Beebe, whose opinion of her rose daily, whispered to his niece that that was the proper way to behave if any little thing went wrong.”
― E.M. Forster,
The second classic that I read was Evelina. I didn’t think I was going to be able to find it, but I finally found a free kindle version of it on Amazon. When I opened the book up on my kindle I learned two things. It was written in 1778 by a woman. And it was written in letters. :-\ I do not like reading books written in letters. I think you can miss a lot of the story when it is written that way. And the writing isn’t always smooth. But, I really enjoyed this book. The characters were not realistic in anyway, but even still I really enjoyed this book. When I started reading it I didn’t want to stop, I just wanted to know what happened!
On my list of books to read right now are:
The way we live now, by Anthony Trollope. I just got this from the library yesterday and it is about two inches thick, and 700 pages long. *dies*
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, by Truman Capote. I have not watch the movie yet, but I plan too as soon as I am done with the book! This book was thinner than I thought it was going to be. I doubt it will take me very long to finish it. 🙂
Lady Audley’s Secret, by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. I found the free kindle version of this too. I am not sure how long this one is. Hopefully it won’t take me long to finish. And it is just a coincidence that we have the same initials, much less the same first and middle names. lol
What are some classics that y’all have read and enjoyed? Do you know of any that are not that well know?
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