I have been an unadventurous reader in recent years. I read about 50 books per year. They are usually contemporary and often written by authors I already know. About half are by Canadian writers (I have a soft spot for CanLit and enjoy reading emerging writers from my country. That’ll never change.)
That said, there are several “classic” novels that I have yet to read. I am even ashamed that some have been on my “too-read” list since high school —like To Kill a Mocking Bird and Brave New World. Seeing as I will turn forty in a few weeks, that’s a long time.
This past year, I have read a few not-yet-read “classics”, including The Bell Jar, Gulliver’s Travel, and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Let’s face it. I only read them because they were on reading lists for courses in my Professional Writing program.
So, I am challenging myself to read 12 “classic novels” in 2015. I’ll write one “classic” review per month.
Here are the novels that I have already added on that reading list:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Villette by Charlotte Brontë
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
There are two other authors I’d like to add to this list: Anthony Trollope and George Elliot. I do not know which of their books to read first. I have read neither authors in the past. Do you have suggestions on which of their books to tackle?
I’d also be interesting in knowing your favorite classics, or the ones you think should be on anyone’s list. Here are some of my favourite classics: Jane Eyre (the best novel ever written, bar none), Tess of the D’Ubervilles, Of Mice and Men, and The Great Gatsby.
What classic novel would you like to see added to my reading list?