G’day my darlings.
How are you all this fine Monday morning? I thought to begin this week with a little check in, briefly detailing the classics that I have been able to read so far in the year of the apocalypse, 2020. Seriously, I’m waiting for the zombie uprising as the season finale of 2020.
If you remember, earlier this year I wrote this post regarding my decision to partake in the Classics Community 2020 Reading Challenge organised by Lucythereader. This year I really wanted to read more classics. As someone who either read classics rarely, or just not at all in the previous years – I began 2020 with the personal challenge to read the classics that have been slowly taking over my bookshelf. I just love collecting classics and I had so many that I have never read. So when I realised Lucythereader created another classics-centred reading challenge, I was incredibly excited to get on board.
To begin this post, let’s have a look at the classics that I had on my original Classics Community 2020 Reading Challenge TBR and which one’s I have read from this original TBR:
I know what you’re thinking! I’ve only read that much? Well, I actually have read more than 10 classics so far but have I stuck with this list? Hmm…nope. Not that I won’t, I will eventually read the rest of the unread classics on my list! Don’t judge me, please!
Now, the classics that I have read so far, which should not be a surprise to anyone since I talk about them in my wrap ups, are:
I won’t talk about my thoughts concerning each book because I have talked about these books in wrap ups and on goodreads. Most of these books would have been briefly discussed in my four-month wrap up (part one, two, three and four).
Reading these books, I have realised something about myself. Reading classics is it’s own skill. It’s true – some may not agree, but that’s how I feel. I read a classic similarly to the way i read academic texts; with a pencil in my hand and my brain on full power. I can’t seem to read a classic passively. It requires an aspect of my brain in which I have to fully concentrate, I have to semi-translate, understand the layers and meanings within each sentence, the metaphors, the historical context. There is just so much I think about when I read a classic. That’s why reading a classic seems to take me longer to work through – because I can’t read them and ‘turn off’, if that makes sense, I have to read them ready to analyse and interpret.
You are most likely reading this shaking your head in disagreement! Allie, you are saying, why are you approaching reading classics like its academic work? I’m a PhD student who has been in university education for the past 8 years! I can’t seem to turn it off!
How about the classics I would like to read for the rest of the year? Well, let’s see:
Here’s hoping I get through these! I would really like to read the above classics in the rest of the year, but 2020 has been so tumultuous in my motivation to actually do anything- so who knows what will happen.
That’s it for today, my loves!
I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Let me know what classics you have read and/or are planning to read for the rest of the year!
Until next time, happy reading!
All the love,