I did it – set out to read 5 classics and 1 biography or autobiography in 2006 along with the other fluff and fiction I regularly consume. I think it was the only one of 12 goals for 2006 that I’ve finished. Kind of sad, but here’s to doing better in 2007. Need to update reading goal list and add the item again.
sjmarq has written 12 entries about this goal
by William Somerset Maugham.
Long, interesting, aggrivating, maddening, thought provoking. Definitely got involved with the character, interesting to watch him try on different philosophies of life to see if they worked, maddening when he did stupid things…
I’ve spent far too many years reading to escape, just following the story and never thinking twice about it. Now that I’ve been tackling more classic literature I find that I’m lacking some critical thinking/observation skills. Catcher is not a book that enthralled me – the character didn’t really capture my attention and I didn’t especially care what happened. But I made myself finish and went through the Sparks notes. The notes are really helping me catch on to the themes/messages of the novel.
But I’m questioning why I bother. What good will come of studying classic literature besides sounding smarter/being good at trivia?
I’ve completed Slaughterhouse-five by Vonnegut. Also not sure if this really qualifies as a ‘biography’ but I’m going to count it as such – “It’s Not About the Bike” by Armstrong. That was a inspiring read!
Not on my list but I’ve also read Deception Point by Dan Brown, and The Strong Willed Child
I finished Grapes of Wrath this weekend. Wow. It was compelling and engaging and challenged my ‘free trade’ mindset. It made me think of how I would have thought or reacted if I’d lived at that time and been an ‘Okie’ or a rich land owner, or a poor CA farmer. Tough.
about 100 pages in – hopefully will finish within a month.
I finished reading Lolita this morning. As I continued reading I couldn’t help but get sucked in to almost liking the guy! Incredible word picutures. It wasn’t a difficult read because for every word I didn’t know there were usually 3 more in the same context I did know so it’s not like I missed that much. Plus some of them were made up play-on words/puns stuff. Sure hope all the French in there wasn’t important since I skipped it all :)
Next up – 3 non-fiction on my bedside two of which are half completed. Then another ‘classic’.
I like to think I’m fairly well educated and have a decent vocabulary. Then I pick up something that isn’t ‘entertain me’ novel and I’m really challenged. Subject matter feels uncomfortable, like I’m a prude.
Ulysses may not be the right choice for me right now. First of all it’s stinking LONG. Second is it seems to be difficult for me. I’m 20 pages in and very confused. I read some reviews on Amazon which recommended either reading guides with it or taking a class. Maybe I’ll get a different one on my list and work up to this one.
but I just finished “Endurance Shakelton’s incredible journey”. What an amazing adventure. I was filled with awe reading this account. No gortex, no polypropalene, no Thinsulate, no thermarests. This is 1915 – wool, felt, and caribou sleeping bags. Just incredible, really enjoyable reading.
Next is Ulysses