Today I'm linking up with the lovely crew over at The Broke and the Bookish to share my top ten list. And it's freebie week. But before I share my list, a little background...
I was home schooled through high school. That's right. I didn't have a prom, no football team to cheer on, no clique to hang with, and no after school clubs. But that doesn't mean I didn't have a community to hang out with. I had friends that I saw in the flesh, sure, but I also had other friends. No not message board friends, or blog friends, but penpals! And I loved it. There's just something about paper and pen and the thrill of getting mail. There was also a strong community of desktop published magazines and newsletters. Think of it as similar to a zine, but with regular features, stories, and articles about whatever. And yes friends, I had one. I published a magazine with ClarisWorks 3.0 on my Macintosh Performa. It was fun, and actually similar to blogging. But it really helped you make new friends. And don't scoff, I still write to one penpal fairly regularly, keep up with several on Facebook, and even owe my love of the Upper Peninsula to a penpal who lived there that I visited one summer in high school, and she took me all over, and fed me thimbleberries, and pasties and we grilled out on the shore of Lake Superior.
Now, one thing this large community of (mostly) girls loved more than anything was 19th century literature- Charles Dickens, the Bronte Sisters, George Eliot, Wilkie Collins, and the like. But our by far and away favorite was Jane Austen! I became so enamored with classic literature that I resolved only to read classics. I figured that time was too short to spend it on fluffy books when there was all this great literature to read. It took me years to realize that lots of good books were written by authors who were still alive and that I was ignoring some great books by setting so narrow a scope.
But now, this year, I decided I want to read some classics again. One per month is my goal, and I went down to the basement to cull some classics out of the bookshelf I have down there. (A kind of home for forgotten books.) So, without further ado, here's my book reading list of Classics for 2015, in no particular order.
- We have one of Charlotte Bronte's lesser known books, Shirley.
- My favorite short story writer, O. Henry, with Selected Stories of O. Henry
- Bram Stoker's Dracula
- George Eliot's Silas Marner
- Friend of Charles Dickens,Wilkie Collins, with his The Woman in White.
- The famous Walden and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
- Emma from Jane Austen
- North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
- and Tess of the D'Urbeyville by Thomas Hardy