Last year, I read oodles of middle grade and young adult books, partly because I wanted to get better at recommending books to my students and partly because I selfishly liked them. This year, I’m going on a different track and will read one classic book per month.
These goodies will be ones I have not yet read. As much as I long to reread my favorites (Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, The Count of Monte Cristo...) I want to expand my list of favorites.
For January, I read Emma by Jane Austen. I liked it quite a bit, though it didn’t grab me like Pride and Prejudice did. (What is it with that novel??) I got a little stuck at one point and did something I’ve never done before: I watched a movie version before finishing the book. Normally the movie is my treat after reading the book, when I get to see if my visions compare with those of the director. But after fighting the urge, I thought, “It’s either watch the movie and finish the book, or not watch the movie and possibly not finish the book.” So DVD it was. And it proved really helpful. I went back to the book with renewed purpose and enjoyed it.
In terms of P&P and Emma, I suspect that reading from the perspective of someone who was born with a silver spoon in her mouth was the part that proved less rewarding than reading about someone (like our Lizzie) who stood to lose a great deal by standing by her ethics. Emma was going to be financially fine with or without love. Thus, P&P was more of a pageturner and more rewarding in the end.
For February, I have begun Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers. I’m about an eighth of the way through it and it’s very entertaining so far!
This is the 2016 to-read list I made on New Year’s Eve. It’s a little lopsided towards Austen and Dickens, but hey. That’s what I want to read.
- Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- Emma by Jane Austen
- Persuasion by Jane Austen
- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Bleak House by Charles Dickens
- David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
- Tess of the D’ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
- Rebecca by Daphne Du Marier
- Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
- Middlemarch by George Eliot
This is the first New Years when I made a resolution that was actually fun. And it’s made such a difference in being able to stick to it! Now — back to Dumas …