Monday, November 2, 2015
Every New Years I make a list like most people, and like most people, I'm lucky if I follow through with half of the resolutions listed. Almost every list I have ever made has included: Read the classics. It is no secret that I am not a fan of older works of literature and I consider myself lucky that I didn't have to endure the torture during my school years. However, now as I get older, I feel like I missed out. Like there's a part of me that isn't complete because I don't know the works of Jane Austen or Charles Dickens.
So finally after years of promising myself I would do so I have begun to read the classics. I started with Pride and Prejudice, but unfortunately I started it when I was in my reading slump, so it is taking far longer than it should to finish. But I am getting close.
I discovered audio books and with an hour and a half commute each way to work I could not be happier. What better way to hear the classics than when I'm trapped in my car in bumper to bumper traffic? I have already listened to Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol and am currently listening to Dracula. Dracula is one of those books that I know I would have given up on after the first chapter, and even the audio was a little iffy at first, but I have held it out. And guess what? I am enjoying the story! I try to only listen to it on my commute and, I can't believe I'm saying this, am looking forward to tomorrow's commute so I can hear more of the story.
I am now addicted and have downloaded a ton of free Kindle ebook classics. In the past, it felt like torture, but now it feels more like accomplishment when I get through a chapter or three.
What is your favorite classic novel?