I’m sure everyone has been waiting all summer to hear how my goal to read a classic a month went. Well, I did manage to read enough books. However, I did them all at the beginning of the summer and managed to pick a couple books that I had previously read. Guess those ones didn’t make much of an impression the first time. Here’s what I read:
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – I found this book a bit dull. I loved the character of Jo but didn’t really feel much for any of the other girls.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I liked this book but I did get a bit bogged down in the middle. I stuck with it and I now understand all those Mr. Darcy pop culture references.
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson – This is one I had read before. I don’t think that any books about pirates could be boring, so it isn’t a boring book, but my favorite pirate book will always be The Ghost in the Noonday Sun by Sid Fleischman.
Anne of Green Gables series by L. M. Montgomery– These books I loved. My favorite is the first book but I really enjoyed all of the books, even as the focus moved away from Anne and onto her children. I laughed a lot and cried some too.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum – The movie somehow captures the feeling of magic better than the words that inspired it. I still may finish reading the rest of the series one of these days.
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley – I couldn’t finish this one… again. I realized part way in that I had read it before and, honestly, I couldn’t make myself plow through it a second time. I do feel like I should like this book more because I like horror stories but it just leaves me bored.
That’s what I managed to read in the realm of classics this summer. I am going to continue to try to read a few classics a year going forward so I guess I feel a little more kindly towards them. I have Lord of the Flies by William Golding on my list and I am starting to read The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. (If you are like me and having a e-reader has ruined your patience for books to arrive on hold, check out Project Gutenberg for free, downloadable classic novels.)