This week’s top 10 list at The Broke and the Bookish is a freebie, which means everyone chose their own theme. And after wracking my brain for ideas, I’ve decided to list and publicly declare a list of Classic that I’m going to try to read in 2013. I actually own most of these (a few in dead tree variety, many are e-book Barnes and Noble Classics that I got free shortly after I got my Nook). This is part of my attempt to read some of the things that I already have, and part of my attempt to read some things that I feel like I *ought* to read. I reserve the right to bail on them if they are totally not my cup of tea.
As with most of my lists, these are in no particular order:
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
I have actually read quite a bit of this, and enjoyed it. It’s quite funny. I don’t remember why I stopped reading it, or why I haven’t picked it back up.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Part of why I want to read this is because I would like to see the recently released movie (starring Keira Knightly and Jude Law), but I’d like to read the book first.
Persuasion by Jane Austen
One of my favorite books of 2012 was For Darkness Shows the Stars, which was inspired by Persuasion. I have read several other Austen novels, and thought maybe I’d give this one a try.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
I was not a big fan of Shakespeare when we had to read him back in high school, but I don’t recall that we actually got to read his comedies.
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
The length of this one scares me a bit, but every list I’ve looked at say it’s his best. Also, as with several other items on my list, I can eventually watch the movie version.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
In researching this one, I discovered that the version I had, at 500+ pages was abridged. The full version is something like 1500 pages. Not sure which one I’m going to choose. I think for the maximum brag-ability, I’d better go for the whole enchilada.
I don’t have much to say about the rest of these, I’ve just picked them after perusing several lists of books that someone picked as important or must-read, these are the ones that seem to be the most appealing to me.
Brideshead Revisited by E.M. Forster
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackaray
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Any thoughts or suggestions from my readers? I am definitely not foolish enough to make this a grand proclamation…it’s more a list to aim for!