It’s a terrible thing to admit but I discriminate against books. I don’t want to read books from the bestseller list (with a very, very few exceptions). I don’t want to read romance or chick lit or urban fiction. I can live with all these self-imposed limits, except one: I especially don’t want to read classics. Because classics aren’t good, just old.
I am embarrassed to admit that. I have a degree in English (focus on creative writing) but I’ve read almost no classic novels. The few classics I have read, I have not enjoyed at all. I’m looking at you, Robinson Crusoe. I’ve recently decided that perhaps my attitude on classics is skewed by the books I read for classes and not by the failure of all classic books to be fun to read. So, this summer I am going to try to read one classic each month. I’ve pick Pride and Prejudice for the month of May.
Do you have any suggestions for me? Is there a classics must-read on your list? Or a classics avoid-at-all-costs?