i don't hear much about the long-standing classics anymore. books like a tale of two cities, crime and punishment, david copperfield, anna karenina... and the one pictured, of course, pride and prejudice. i tend to skip right over them and go for what's on the new york times best sellers list, what people are bringing up in book clubs, what's featured on the big table in the front of barnes and noble, popping up on the homepage of amazon. you know... the hunger games trilogy (and twilight, who could forget the twilight series?), the help, the other boleyn girl. these books have brought me great entertainment. still, i feel like i'm missing out. outside of a 19th century british lit. class, i haven't read any of these books that i should be reading. why do i say should? well, they're of a simpler time (i think we all want things that remind us of a simpler time. am i right?). add to that, they're beautifully written--i mean, they have stood the test of time. not to mention, so often, they're beautiful. i mean, just the book itself (if they're an old edition, anyway). steve's over my shoulder pulling one off the shelf right now--leather!--and he's adding: the character development in them! (his three all-time favorites are pride and prejudice, les miserables, and brothers karamazov). why don't i (or we, if you're guilty too) read these more? i know there are a handful of you who do read these classics... who pick up hemingway for fun, and peruse the shelves of used book stores as a hobby. good for you, and i really mean that. the rest of us? pathetic!
i'm going to start. beginning with pride and prejudice. i am seriously ashamed to say i haven't yet read it. steve's ashamed of me too! and i'm reading it from a book. a book that you can hold. not a screen! look at me go! what's next? some dickens perhaps! or a little thomas hardy! bronte even!
it's gonna be good.
what classics have you read for fun? none of that i-had-to-for-class stuff!