For your assignment this week, choose two or more of the following questions:
1) How do you feel about classic literature? Are you intimidated by it? Love it? Not sure because you never actually tried it? Don’t get why anyone reads anything else? Which classics, if any, have you truly loved? Which would you recommend for someone who has very little experience reading older books? Go all out, sell us on it!
2) A challenge, should you choose to accept it: Read at least one chapter of a classic novel, preferably by an author you’re not familiar with. Did you know you can find lots of classics in the public domain on the web? Check out The Popular Classic Book Corner, for example. Write a mini-review based on this chapter: what are your first impressions? Would you read further? (For a larger selection of authors, try The Complete Classic Literature Library).
3) Let’s say you’re vacationing with your dear cousin Myrtle, and she forgot to bring a book. The two of you venture into the hip independent bookstore around the corner, where she primly announces that she only reads classic literature. If you don’t find her a book, she’ll never let you get any reading done! What contemporary book/s with classic appeal would you pull off the shelf for her?
4) As you explore the other Weekly Geeks posts: Did any inspire you to want to read a book you’ve never read before—or reread one to give it another chance? Tell us all about it, including a link to the post or posts that sparked your interest. If you end up reading the book, be sure to include a link to your post about it in a future Weekly Geeks post!
When I was in high school I was in advanced English – in my Junior year we were required to read the classics. At first I was upset because it was “forced” on us, but some of my favorite books are considered classics. The Count of Monte Cristo is still one of my 5 favorite books – I can’t imagine anything changing that. It has been MANY years since I have read it, and although some of the story has been lost in my memory I still know that this is where I would put it. I believe that I will try to read it again this year to refresh my memory.
I am also a HUGE fan of Edgar Allen Poe. Horror/Suspense/Mystery books are my favorite type and I am not sure if there is anyone that embraces this genre moreso that he does. Again, it has been many years but I do have his collection leatherbound sitting on my shelf. Maybe I should pick it up and read a little today – The Tell-tale Heart is so chilling, but what piece of work by him isn’t?
There are many classics that I haven’t read….many, many, many! But, after reading the post by Reading Adventures I too am sad to say that I have never read anything by Jane Austen. I believe that I too will add Pride and Prejudice to my library list. There are many more and I may come back to revise this list as I continue to go through the posts for this week.