12 things: read the classics

Reading has been a pastime I have enjoyed from when I was a little girl and I always self-profess to be a bookworm. However, I have to admit that the books I enjoy are of the contemporary, even trashy variety. So I do get somewhat embarrassed when other ardent serious book readers try to start a discussion with me about classic literature, and rattle on about Hemmingway and Fitzgerald and all I have to contribute is a blank look on my face.

This year I decided to get serious about my reading and immerse myself in classic literature in my attempt to find out what the fuss is about with these classic books that people have been raving on about for decades.

I started off with Lolita which was beautifully written, which I quite enjoyed. Followed by Catcher in the Rye, Diary of Anne Frank, The Old Man and the Sea, and Tender is the Night. I am now reading Jane Eyre which I LOVE.

Reading the classics feels a lot like going back to English lit classes in school again. Some books were more enjoyable than others. But mostly I just needed to get in the groove of the storyline to enjoy the reading experience, which thankfully I managed to do. So…will I continue to read the classics? Perhaps only sporadically, I think I like to read a mixture of contemporary and classic literature - I do enjoy frivolity from time to time. But at least now I can proudly say I have read Fitzgerald. Read the classics – tick!

Do you read the classics? What are some of your favourites?

45 Responses to 12 things: read the classics

Pamela RG said...

I am also in the bug right now to read the Classics. I am going to re-read "Anna Karenina" (a movie will be showing soon) and maybe "Wuthering Heights" again. But my all time favourite are books written by Jane Austen: "Pride and Prejudice," "Persuasion" and "Emma." Enjoy your reading!

Shoe Bell(i)e said...

I so hear you! Too funny, I'm the same way. I did enjoy Catcher in the Rye. Big Tolkien fan too. Does that count?:p But I also think there are a lot of contemporary books that are bound to become classics, no?... Happy reading!

Pink Ronnie said...

Confession: I don't think I've ever managed to finish reading any of those classics you've listed! Shame on me, right? Might try Jane Ere again one of these days.
Ronnie xo
p.s. You must add Wuthering Heights to your list - it's one of my favourite books!

Elly @ Caribbean Living said...

Great work with the classic reads Trishie! I've actually been trying to do the same recently, the hubs has always gone on and on about this type of book.

Read The Old Man and the Sea too recently and loved it!

Elena said...

I enjoy reading different types of books. While I was at the University I fell in love with classic reads. I wish I had more time now to spend the evening with the book
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Becca @ The Beauty Sample said...

Beautiful picture! May I ask what kind of plant you have in that cute bottle/vase there?? It's beautiful!

And those are some great picks! I went through a period too where I started reading only Classics because I felt like I was reading too much contemporary as well. Some of my favorites were Wuthering Heights, Dracula, Vanity Fair, and Emma. Definite must reads! I will admit that some of them were a bit hard to get into at first--you have to kind of adjust to that level of literature and vocabulary, but once you do it becomes very enjoyable!

ginanorma said...

I'm not much of a fiction reader, really all I tend to read is non-fiction. I love THE SHACK though and that's Fiction, but in reality it's non-fiction;)

Your reading list is admirable!

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

I LOVE the classics; they're about all I read, really haha.. If you like Jane Eyre, I would strongly recommend reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Charlotte's sister Anne (a better writer and story teller, in my humble opinion). You might perhaps be interested in my post here: http://bikbikroro.blogspot.sg/2011/10/what-to-read-on-deserted-island.html
So glad to have discovered your delightful blog, and am now following :)

Anouka said...

Yes, I've read many classics when I was at school. Now I still have a huge pile at home that I want to get through but then I have the Fifty Shades of Grey that I must read first. It's a bit of a dilemma sometimes (classics vs. bestsellers).

Mimi said...

i love to read both chick lit and classic novels. :) my favorite classic has always been pride & prejudice -- i can read that book over and over, haha! i also love the great gatsby! and i've been wanting to read lolita, must make some time for that soon. :D

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oomph. said...

I hate to admit this, too, but I read trashy young adult novels! Actually, when someone lent me the twilight series, I figured, what the heck...at least I'm reading! And those really got me back into reading! I love murder mysteries!

I started to buy/ borrow the classics for my daughter, ANSI would like to eventually read them!


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Jo N said...

Now that you are on my reading list, it's so much easier to read your posts!

I like Emma but my favourite is To Catch A Mockingbird.

Katherine / Of Corgis and Cocktails said...

i LOVE catcher in the rye. i've read it many times. lolita is pretty darn good too. i feel like i have read the diary of anne frank (in fact i know i hate)but i have little recollection of it. and i detested the old man and the sea. I couldn't get through Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights or any of those. Wuthering Heights I had to read, and I tried to watch the movie and do books on tape and i just couldn't pay attention to it for 5 seconds straight.

read the great gatsby or some of faulkner's stuff too!

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Marley said...

I tried reading Pride and Prejudice since I loved the Bridget Jones movies and the original mini-series/movies but reading the book was so hard especially because it sounded like old english?? If that makes sense! I liked the book but it was hard.

Paulina said...

Great post:)

Katie Frank said...

So many lovely books <3 I do love Great Gatsby & Lolita <3

Krystal said...

i loooove reading so much and i read almost everything! (besides romance novels i guess!) i just read atlas shrugged this summer, and i do love all the bronte books so keep going with those!

Erica said...

I've actually been wanting to re-read The Diary of Anne Frank.

I really need to re-visit the classics. Lately I've just been reading more contemporary works.

Stephanie said...

Great books!

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Milynn {Love + Whimsy} said...

I've been slowly collecting classic books for my library! I'm also starting to re-read the english lit books I read in High school. It's funny how I have much more respect for them now than when I first read them. Maybe all the essays and reports about them had something to do with it!

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paisleysummer said...

I need to do this too. My mum was an avid reader but I didn't inherit that gene and feel very inadequate when people start talking about books they have read x

Mikelle Jade {The Honeypie Archives} said...

Yes I love anything by Jane Austen or Fitzgerald. I have't read Lolita yet, but hear it's amazing. I'll have to look into it when I have time.

Lovely post, and photo :)

Donna said...

I haven't read that many classics Trishie. They remind me too much of school. I did enjoy Lolita though, and Jane Eyre is a favourite. Some of my favourite books are To Kill A Mockingbird, Little Women and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.xx

little t said...

I loved Anne Frank as a child- I imagined us to be friends and read and reread that book.

I just recently read The Catcher in the Rye and it is such a good book- worth the hype! I stopped so many times to write down passages.

I didn't love The Old Man and the Sea- but I think I was looking for an enjoyable read and this wasn't the right book for me. I can appreciate the writing's good- and there is a strong message but the ending just sort of annoyed me!

Daisy said...

I like more recent books like Harry Potter! Ha! Sorry is that lame?

Jenee C. said...

That photo is wonderfully composed. I love the soft lighting too. I almost never read any popular literature, to me nothing beats the classics. That's why they are classics after all. I have no time for Harry Potter or 50 Shades of Grey or anything of the like when there are so many great classics out there. My all time favourite book is The Incredible Lightness of Being. It will change your world.

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Song- Thanh said...

I've never read Lolita before, but I definitely have to buy that book these days!

nini said...

From that list "The Catcher In The Rye" is my favorite. Reading is indeed a very peaceful thing to do. It eases my mind.
Merrily Merrily,

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Allison said...

I love reading as well!! You really do love reading classics as I can see! I think these books are much better than the some of the stuff today (note 50 Shade cough cough...), although I have read some amazing books written in the past 10 years (The Lovely Bones, Middlesex, etc). For other past books, I would recommend Kafka's The Metamorphosis, Orwell's 1984, and something by Neitzsche!
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Sam said...

Thanks for the 'classic' inspiration, I was actually looking for a new novel to read, but you've inspired me to go back and pick up a Jane Austen or Charles Dickens.

Angelica Ng said...

Omg HELLO we are so similar!! I'm ashamed to admit I actually only read chick lit back then, but this summer, I decided to bring out the classics (although, I always did enjoy reading Shakespeare). I haven't read any of these books, except for Anne Frank which I read many years ago. I would like to read Catcher in the Rye!

As for me, I read Gone with the Wind, and wow, it was actually AMAZING. Ignore how thick the book is...it's so good. Also read Madame Bovary, but I would not recommend that one.

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Kelsea Echo said...

What a great idea! I should make this a goal of mine as well... if only there was more time in the world. *sigh* Have you read Gone With the Wind? My favorite book and movie. =)

Diana Marks said...

Lovely classic books. What a beautiful post!
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Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

You picked so many good ones Trishie. I love Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby is probably my favorite book + Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury. I've been thinking I want to get around to some Stendhal but haven't bitten the bullet yet.

xo Mary Jo

Niina - It seems pretty obvious. said...

I need to start a project like this too, because I really need to start reading more classics :)

Lilly said...

really inspiring post! i really need to find more time for reading!

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Mica said...

When I was little I had a big set of classics books I read through - although I can't remember them all now! Things like the secret garden, pride and prejudice, things like that. I really wish I had time to read more again.

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blondebenedicte said...

thanks ♥

nice post, even if i'm not a gret reader, lol!
bisous x

Gillian said...

After a degree then a masters in English Literature I didn't pick up a classic for about ten years. But this year I re-read The Great Gatsby and loved it.

Marie said...

I love reading... Too many favorites to mention!
xx Marie

Elle Sees said...

I've never read tender is the night

honey my heart said...

it would be quite nice to go back and enjoy the classics. 'catcher in the rye' is a good one.

Lucent Imagery said...

I think about reading the classics every now and then! But I haven't leapt in. Good on you!

rooth said...

Oh I do like going back and re-reading the classics. I've never read Tender is the Night. I'll have to add that to my list

Shoko said...

Good for you - I'm inspired! :) My favorites are "To Kill A Mockingbird" and "Pale Fire" (Nabokov).