The Internet is consuming more and more of my time. When we leave the house for anything, my boys groan when I have to “just check Facebook,” and it inevitably becomes a delay.
So while reading classics isn’t really new for me, I notice that I don’t read nearly as much as I used to. This is true unless I count mindlessly clicking from political blogs to Facebook to entertainment blogs as reading, which I don’t.
For this challenge, I picked up Anna Karenina, which my local library’s classics book club is reading this month. I heard about it only a few days before the meeting, so I didn’t quite get through its 817 pages in time. Nevertheless, a librarian sent an encouraging email for readers to come even if they didn’t finish the book, so there I was discussing Russian literature on a Wednesday night.
I have a lot more reading to do.
If I really want to challenge myself, maybe I should give up the Internet for a week. That idea will require some serious deliberation.
Next month: Emma.
Here are the classics:
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- My Ántonia by Willa Cather (My Ántonia Didn’t Change, But I Sure Did)
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (I Am Not Rebecca)
- A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (A Christmas Quest: Solve the Riddles to Find Your Present)
- The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
- Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway
- Candide by Voltaire
- The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
- The Iliad by Homer