Reading classics and setting a goal
I’ve decided that this year I’m going to finally read a number of “classic” novels that, for various reasons, I’ve not read before. Primarily, I’m doing this because I think it will help me to become a better writer. But also, as someone who works in a bookstore, I think that I should probably have read books like Treasure Island or A Farewell to Arms at some time or another. Granted, we can’t all read everything; but in this instance there’s no harm in trying.
First up, I’ve chosen to read, well, Treasure Island. I’m enjoying it so far, but it has me questioning what kind of books we try to pass off on our kids these days. It was originally published as a serial in a children’s magazine. Yet I doubt that a large percentage of modern American youth would find it easy to follow along with all the 90+ word sentences like the behemoth that begins the novel. For that matter, there are many adults that would have trouble doing so too; but I digress.
By the time 2012 is finished, I’d like to have read 100 books. Between working full time and writing in my free time, I think that’s as much as I can manage (or maybe even more than I can manage). They won’t all be classics, but many of them will be. And If you want to follow along, you can do so by friending me over on Goodreads. They have a cool little Reading Challenge page set up where you can enter a goal and then track it week to week. You could even do one yourself. In any case, I expect it to be a fun year in reading.