Recently on Instagram I discovered the #2020classics where you are supposed to read 20 classics by the end of 2020. This is being hosted by @anovelfamily and I am here for it. I thought I’d join since I’m already reading classics in one of the book clubs I go to.
If you are interested in joining, then go ahead and grab your book and start reading! Oh, and if you are asking what is a Classic exactly – well good news: you determine what a classic is to you! As I said, I’m reading classics for a book club that focuses on English literature so that’s where I’m starting.
I already finished Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, and Edgar Allan Poe’s The Black Cat and other short stories. Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is a reread for me and it is actually one of my favorite books ever so I’ll be squeezing it in over the next few months.
Also I finished reading Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and Lady Windermere’s Fan so I’m adding that one to my list as well. I am currently reading Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind and I’ll start A Study in Scarlett by Arthur Conan Doyle. I think both of them count as classics.
So there I have 7 books already. In July and August I’m planning to join the buddy reads for The Count of Monte Cristo and I know that I still have 5 more books for my book club. I’m expecting that by the end of October I will have at least 13 books. After that I still have 14 more month’s to complete the 20 but I’m sure I’ll go over 20 classic books read by the end of 2020.
I enjoy so many genres that I can’t say that I have a favorite one but I do enjoy reading classics. If you find me at a bookstore you will definitely find me browsing through the classics. However, I do have to say that my other book club I go to makes me read new books. Or maybe not new books but new authors or authors that I wouldn’t have picked up by myself. That is a good thing because I get to discover new favorites.
Ever since I started reading again, I feel like I was able to rediscover that passion I had for books and that craving for knowing more that I had when I was younger. Like I said, I don’t have a specific favorite genre that I stick to when I pick my books but I do tend to prefer classics. Also I always wanted to read non-fiction and biographies so I’ll have to get to working on two things: first buying those type of books and second (and I think most importantly) find the time to read all I want to read.
I need to really get more organized with my time so I can reach all my reading goals. But will I get frustrated or disappointed at myself if I don’t make them? Of course not! I know I’ll reach them eventually because I’m not going to stop reading. In fact, I’m also reading Stephen King’s The Stand and yes, I have the uncut version. Why I decided I was going to read that version? I have no idea, but even though it’s so darn long I still think it was a good idea.
Anyways, my point is that I’m reading The Stand and I’m supposed to be doing this #kingbuddyreads on Instagram as well. Everybody is very close to finishing it but me. I’m way behind. I’m blaming my delay on this book to the delay in shipping. The book was supposed to arrive by the beginning of April and then it got here almost a month later. I thought I would get caught up but at this point I’m giving up on the schedule and just enjoying the ride!
Now back to the topic, which is reading classics. The ones I mentioned I’ve read so far I have truly enjoyed. Yes, I said I enjoyed them and I’m including Great Expectations there. I read so many comments that people don’t enjoy this book as much. I can understand why but I have to be honest with you, I loved it. I really had great expectations on this book and Charles Dickens delivered. I enjoyed the second part better than the first one when Pip is still growing up. I found that the part where he is older and finds out all that he finds out (no spoilers right?) is so interesting and exciting. And how not to love a crazy old lady like Miss Havisham?
Well, this is not meant to be a review of any sort as I have no idea how to review a book. I can say either “Oh yes I enjoyed it, I loved it, it’s great” or “no way, not again, not for me”. Maybe I can be flexible and say “I liked it but it’s not going to make it to my favorites”. Other than that, I have no idea how to review a book so I will spare you the agony and say that so far all of these classics I have read have been great. If I had to pick one to name my favorite I think it would be Oscar Wilde’s plays. He is a genius and actually made me laugh.
My least favorite has to be Edgar Allan Poe’s stories. Now remember, I didn’t say I didn’t like them, I’m just saying it was not as exciting as the others. With that being said, I think I would like to read more from Edgar Allan Poe. Now I can’t wait to keep sharing with you more about the books I’m reading and give you my thoughts on them. I promise I will try to do reviews, maybe just quick reviews so I don’t struggle as much. What I love more about reading is that I get to share the experience with others.
Now tell me if you will be interested in joining this challenge or not? What types of reading challenges are you interested in? I would love to know and maybe I can join!