Excited to be joining Turn of the Century Salon, a new literary reading challenge hosted by Katherine at November’s Autumn blog. The idea is to bring bloggers together to discuss the Classic books they are reading. Each month Katherine will start a discussion and everyone can link a blog posting to participate.
Yay! Nothing I want more than to share what I’m reading with Classic book enthusiasts and hear their views. Here is my posting for January 2013 which are introductions:
What draws you to read the Classics?
My brother gave me a Kobo ereader that contains 100 pre-loaded classic books and I decided I was going to read every single one. It felt like a serendipitous moment; I didn’t choose the books, they chose me (or something like that). I have always been fascinated by how Classic books give us a glimpse into the hearts and minds of men and women from bygone eras, and reflect how the world turned at that point in history. But most of all Classic books are so darn charming and romantic. Even the serious, political ones!
What Classics have you read from the 1880s-1930s? What did you think of them?
Most of the Classic books I have read from this period are from science fiction including, Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, H.G. Wells “The Time Machine” and “The Island of Dr. Moreau”, Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World”, Yevgeny Zamyatin’s “We”, and Isaac Asimov’s “I, Robot”. Love this genre, so can’t wait to re-read some of these books or try unread Classics.
Name some books you’re looking forward to read for the salon.
Anne of Green Gables is up there because I’m a Canadian girl and have never read the book. I visited the Green Gables farmhouse in Prince Edward Island, but couldn’t convince my husband to visit any other tourist traps dedicated to Anne (boo!). I mean, what other female literary character has a theme park dedicated to her? I vowed to read the book and that was 2006. Time to make it happen!
Which authors do you hope to learn more about?
The Brontë sisters as I have read none of their books. I’m a big fan of Jane Austen and would like to discover the similarities/differences between these beloved women writers. Plus, who doesn’t love a good Georgian/Victorian romance? Woot woot!