Whelp, I got home from college and couldn’t resist going to Half-Price Books and blowing through a $25 giftcard (and that goes a long way when there are 98 cent books to be had). So I got a bunch that I have been wanting to get for a while….but now have 39 books I haven’t read. BETTER GET READING! 1 year ago
How I did it: Completing this goal at the age of 20 is probably one of the things I"m the most glad to have ever done. I feel like I have lived a hundred different lives in a hundred different places as a hundred different people, and gained experience with the world--that's the beauty of literature!
- First, I looked up several different "top 100 novels ever written" sort of lists online, so get an idea of what were considered classics--not follow any of these lists exactly.
- I also decided to include some books by authors on the list, books that themselves were maybe not considered classics (like all the Jack Kerouac (author of On the Road) that I have read)
- I didn't make a list of the books I intended to read, but instead scoured used book stores for books on the list or in the "classic lit" sections in general, and went off recommendations and plot summaries to find books I wanted to read.
- I decided to change this goal to "classic books" instead of novels, so I could include classic poetry collections, plays, and non fiction, like Leaves of Grass by Whitman or Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.
- I also included classic works of literature I had read in the past, in high school, even though I didn't formulate this goal until college. (Hence why I wrote that it took me 7 years)
We all have good days and bad days, but for a while now I have been able to type without looking at my hands, so I think I’ve finally got it! When I’m really tired it’s harder, but for the most part, I can do it. I still sort of glance down every once in a while out of habit, but if I force myself to look at the screen I’m still fine :) Yay! 1 year ago
With Catch-22 I’ve read 79 classics. Counted it up and I read 15 books this school year—that’s not too bad, on top of college schoolwork!
My favorites from this school year were Lolita by Nabokov, Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck, The Stranger by Camus and The Subterraneans by Kerouac. These are MUST-READS!
Good luck everyone! Happy reading! 1 year ago
I just found my back to 43things recently and realized I had achieved my longstanding goal of going on a road trip…without my family that is! I drove from Indianapolis, Indiana to Quebec, Canada, basically on a whim with a boy I’d never met before the trip, to visit a mutual friend. Spontaneous is the way to do it, you guys :) It took us about 18 hours one way and partly satiated my wanderlust, and partly aggravated it. TOTALLY WORTH IT THOUGH! 1 year ago