I am a 150 pages away from finishing Mansfield Park and I’m still hungry for classics. Last semester was not as literary as I would have liked, with all the readings belonging to the 10th to the 15th century.
Visiting your blogs, I’ve recently noticed that February is the 200th anniversary of Dickens’ birth and you are all reading one of his works. I feel like doing it too since I only read Great Expectations a while ago (and, to be sincere, I didn’t like it that much).
Also, I am re-discovering Jane Austen. I was one of these people who would literally run away from her books after reading Pride and Prejudice. However, Mansfield Park is proving me wrong. I really like the characters and how Austen criticizes a set social order.
Basically, I’m all for 19th century to 1950′s classics these days. I think I need to explore the century in depth, both in the UK and in the USA. So, these are some of the titles I can’t wait to read:
- Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
- Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
- Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
- Anything by Dickens
- The American Transcendentalists
- The Southern Renaissance female writers
- Agnes Grey – Anne Brontë
- More Daphne DuMaurier
- The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
- Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
- Anne of the Green Gables – Lucy Maud Montgomery
- I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith (thanks Iris!)
Penguin clothbound editions. Love them!
Does this list mean that I’m reading them all? No, it just means that I am lists freak because they help me organize my thoughts. But I am really happy to be re-discovering classics and willing to read some of them (the ones I’m really interested in). However, I will not fall into the “gotta read them because they are classics” mood. I think some people oblige themselves to read classics because someone said there were so. That is not how I see literature. I will read those stories or those authors that attract me, but I will not force myself to read something just because they are classics, that is what college is for.
P.S I will update this list all through the day, because I keep discovering new books on your blogs. Big thank you!