Classic Reads

Let the reading of classics begin!

I searched for a list of required reading for high schools and colleges on Google. I decided to work through the list that people have put together on the ever-popular Goodreads.

First to read – “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

As I stated in my previous post, some of the books listed on standard classic lists as ones that I’ve already read. When I come across titles that have already graced my hands before, I will mention it in the post.

This is going to be fun. It’s sort of like what I started last year (but haven’t done this year) in keeping a running list of all the books I read during the year. I’m going to start keeping tally of that for the second half of 2013.

More to come!

Reading Challenge

Writers Read.

In writer-friend Marsha Blevins’ recent blog, she briefly reminisces on school days, and all the homework she avoided – specifically, all the classic reads that were not effectively read.

I feel challenged. I have read many of the classics. One of my favorite books of all times is “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” is what got me interested in paranormal fiction. Still, there are many that escaped me.

Shall I commit to reading them? When do I have the time, especially when I’m supposed to be writing? Nevertheless, as the quote on her post reads, “If you’re a writer who doesn’t read, ooh, holy shitkittens, you’re super-mega-ultra-wrong.”  –Chuck Wendig

Or as the popular Stephen King quote goes, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or tools) to write. Simple as that.”

I will begin reading these classics. May the literary journey feed my mind and awaken my muse.