Friday, February 20, 2009

The classics

A list was sent to me on facebook, and on the list were about 150 classic books. The person who sent the list to me checked off all the classic books she had read. I was supposed to go through the list and check mark all the ones I read. I was completely embarrassed to find that I had only read about FOUR of those 150 books. That is pretty sad isn't it? Jeff was totally shocked when he found out I had only read 4. He asked me if I had any required reading in high school. Yep, I had required reading....those 4 books. I absolutely love to read, and always have. I just don't like being made to read a book. It always takes away the excitement of it all. Plus in junior high and high school I am ashamed to say that I read mostly romance novels, and cutesy teen novels. My senior year, we were required to read a book for Bible class called "This Present Darkness" by Frank Peretti. I was completely sucked into that book, and the other book that followed "Piercing the Darkness". That changed my reading habits quite a bit. I stopped reading the romance novels, and got into the Christian authors like Janette Oke and Tim LaHaye. I also started reading books that helped me grow in my walk with Christ. When I got the list for the classics, I realized I should read some, just to see if I would like them. My first one I chose was Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I do have to say that the book was wicked hard to read at first because of the old English writing. I finally got the hang of it, and did enjoy the book. I wasn't riveted by it like I am with the Left Behind books (my favorite books), but it was a decent book. I would like to either read the Lord of the Rings books next, or a C.S. Lewis book. I really should read Little Women first. Sad to say I haven't read that one either. My hubby even read that one! He had a reason to read it though.... he is related to Louisa May Alcott. She was in his family line. Pretty cool huh? I guess I need to go find my copy of Little Women.

4 comments:

SchnauzerMom said...

I've read a lot of the classics. They are more difficult because of the language. They take a lot more words to say something than we do. I enjoy them though.

Jules said...

I'm shocked! You'd never read "Pride and Prejudice" before? I love the classics. I'm re-reading "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" for about the 10th time. My kids all read "To Kill a Mockingbird" before it was required reading at school (to their teachers' surprise) because it's always been a favourite of mine. However I have never read LOTR. I started it but I just couldn't get into it. And some of those classics are quite wordy. In a world where there was no television or radio and it took weeks or months for mail to reach the recipient, people liked reading all that detail in their stories. Today our world is so fast-paced and we want the action now even in our books. I hope you find some that you really enjoy.

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Thank you for visiting my blog Cristina! I did check out your blog. I wasn't able to read it because it was not in English, but I enjoyed the beautiful pictures you had on there! I hope you continue to visit my blog :). Thank you for your kind words. God bless!