Classics

Some people like to point out to me that as a child and young adult and even a university student I woefully neglected the Classics.  It may be true but it's wasn't really intentional.  I didn't grow up in a classic reading household (Harlequins we got by the box full - actually that's a whole other blog post...remind me to write that some day).  Over the last couple of years I've beefed up my classical repertoire but there are more classics out there than I know what to do with.  Especially once you start talking "modern classics".  Penguin Canada has this great Modern Canadian Classic site that makes my bookish brain parts itch.  Because if you think I've been neglectful of classic literature I've been truly neglectful of the Canadian classics (even with all the elusive Canadian stuff I post about).

In that last week or two there's been a lot of talk about classics and what classics people want intend to read in 2007. I thought I'd add my two bits and post the 13 of the classics that I'd like to read before the end of 2007 (although I hope to get at least one read before then). Ones with asterisks are ones that I own but haven't read. (And yes, I do love the Penguin Classics and the Modern Library editions of classic books.)

  1. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte *

  2. Man in the Iron Mask - Alexandre Dumas *

  3. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte *

  4. Mansfield Park - Jane Austen *

  5. Vanity Fair - William Thackery *

  6. Lord of the Flies - William Golding *

  7. Apprenticeship of Dudley Kravitz - Mordecai Richler

  8. Age of Innocence - Edith Warton

  9. Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway

  10. Anna Karinina - Leo Tolstoy

  11. Portrait of a Lady - Henry James

  12. Great Gatsby -F. Scott Fitzgerald

  13. Iliad - Homer


I'm sure some of these will make it onto my A-Z challenge in 2007. Some may be Chunksters.  Will they all get read in the next year? Doubtful.  I'm great at starting such challenges but have less success finishing them.

I know I taunted you and promised a post about last night. But my camera batteries are dead and I've got fluff for brains after doing too much this morning.  I was so excited about getting 6 straight hours of sleep (even if it did mean I got up at 7am) that I was bursting with energy and now I've crashed.

But it's ok...it's worth waiting for!