5 Minutes for Books is changing the way they do their Classics Book Club. (Something that I *meant* to do most of last year but mostly forgot about. I love reading classics, the idea of reading certain classics. This year, you get to choose the books you read, and the round-ups (wrap-ups) are quarterly. She is encouraging would-be-participants to write up a few goals for the year.
Which classic authors do I want to read this year (2010)?
John Steinbeck. I really loved discovering him in 2009. I loved Tortilla Flat. Just loved it. And I've not been disappointed by a Steinbeck yet. Though Of Mice and Men made me very sad I can't deny that it has a certain power to it. I need to read East of Eden and Grapes of Wrath. Then if there is time I've got Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday.
Charlotte and Anne Bronte. I don't know which books I'll be reading just yet. But I know I want to read some Bronte. (And I am so not rereading Wuthering Heights. A book I reread last year.)
Anthony Trollope. I love, love, love Trollope. Yes, he's a new discovery. But I consider him a favorite. There are so many books I have yet to discover!
Charles Dickens. I wouldn't say I hate him. That wouldn't be fair (or polite). But I would say I don't have a good first or second impression of Dickens. Great Expectations is to blame for this. Assigned in high school and college and yet I still can't remember much of this one. I've got it blocked from my memory apparently. I won't be tackling Great Expectations. (Though the phrase third time's the charm comes to mind.) But I will try my very very best to read something Charles Dickens in 2010.
There are so many others that I *want* to read at some point. It's just hard to say that 2010 is the year I'll get to them.
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