Back to a book-related theme! I do try to read the occasional classic because they're good for me, and they help me appreciate my "modern" reading. Here's 13 of what (I'm sure) is a bigger number, but I don't have my reading lists from past years handy.
1. A Midsummer Night's Dream--I try to read this every year, but sometimes life gets in my way.
2. Silas Marner--Steve Martin made a movie about this book.
3. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man--I'd read a few classics via email, and this one seemed to be the right length. As good a reason as any, right?
4. Jane Eyre--my book group, "Questioning the Canon" picked this for their first selection last year, and it was a reread for me.
5. Great Expectations--read this one during my freshman year of high school.
6. Lord of the Rings (trilogy)--started these on CD just before the first (recent) movie came out.
7. A Separate Peace--I had a hard time with this one, but I think I still made some good mental connections in spite of myself.
8. A Canticle for Leibowitz--another "Canon" book group pick. This one triggered one of our better discussions.
9. To Kill a Mockingbird--I think I've read this one at least 3 times, and it gets better every time.
10. The Bell Jar--I read this one over the summer sometime in high school, can't remember which year, but it was before our new library was built. I miss that built-in wood shelving... wonder if it's still in there (the building--a Carnegie--is now a museum).
11. Catcher in the Rye--assigned during Junior year in high school. I remember thinking that Holden was a big drama llama.
12. Cyrano de Bergerac--assigned during senior year of high school. This was the first year that our school had Honors English, and our class did a sound recording of this play. Since I had zero confidence in my voice (I've a not-so-lovely speech impediment), I volunteered to do the casting. Go me! I still love behind-the scenes involvement.
13. My Antonia--yet another "Canon" group read. I was supposed to lead the discussion on this one, but couldn't find anyone to replace my original childcare plans. I was hoping to make a point about farming and what role it plays in today's society, but I missed out. This month, we are reading Grapes of Wrath, and I think it will be interesting to discuss the contrasts between these two books.
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