I know this post is late, but I’ve been battling a stomach thing for the last few days *blerg*. But the death of J.D Salinger got me thinking about how poorly read I am with the classics. Shamefully, I’ve never read The Catcher in the Rye and many other staples of our literary history.
Just recently, I bought A Tale of Two Cities for my dad. He’d read it before but lost his copy. I thought of all the Charles Dickens novels that I loved and still, it didn’t move me to go on a buying spree.
Well, when J.D. Salinger passed, I felt embarrassed when everyone around me talked about reading it in school and because I’m a writer, they assumed I’d read it too. In my high school we had to read To Kill a Mocking Bird and Beowulf and Of Mice and Men and things like that, but never The Catcher in the Rye.
So that evening I went home, and utilizing both my handy-dandy B&N gift cards, bought the following:
My sister told me a bit about this and it sounds awesome!
I hope I like this, but I don’t know.
I know some people will be shocked that I haven’t read this, but I didn’t think it would be my thing. I’m willing to check it out though and I hope I’m wrong.
I loved this movie so I’m thinking, if the movie was good the book HAS to be 10x better!
I got this because I love vampire movies/books/tv shows, so I should really read one of the first popular ones, shouldn’t I?
So here’s my challenge to you all. I’m on a mission now to bone up on the classics. Leave a comment and tell me your favorite classic novel and why you loved it. If it’s one I haven’t read, I’ll go out and get it!
As it was my goal to read 100 books in 2009—sadly I only made it to 77—my literary goal in 2010 is to read as many classics as I can.
Help me become a well rounded author/reader, please!