I am currently engaging in a quest. A reading quest. As a undergrad English Lit major, I have a pretty substantial I-Have-Read-That List. It might even rival my I-Know-A-Dance-To-That List.
My quest is to increase my I-Have-Read-That Classics List. I started my journey this weekend at the Cleveland Public Library.
I am happy to announce I am no longer considered a criminal by them as they have now found the video I returned in November, but they said I didn't, but I didn't know about my supposed thievery until January. Water under the bridge. My name is now cleared.
Throughout the weekend, I discussed what classics I should start reading, and shouldn't there be a list somewhere? I love checking items off lists. I almost freaked yesterday when I went grocery shopping and couldn't find a pen in the black hole of my purse. I couldn't continue until I had a writing implement to check my list off with.
I checked out two bags worth of books. Can I read all of these in three weeks? With dedication - No doubt. Although, I might have to ramp up to get back to my optimal reading capacity. Just like everything else, it is a practiced skill. Can I currently read 300 pages a day like I used to in college? Probably not without getting sleepy. How about 50. I could maybe sign up for that.
Now. I know you have been on the edge of your seat this entire blog. Wondering, what did she check out? Well don't worry, I won't keep you waiting any longer. Here is what was in my precious libs bags:
George Green - Can't remember the title (This is not actually a classic. I was looking for Graham Greene and got George instead)
Jane Green - Switching Lives (Also not a classic. I was sidetracked in the G section, obviously)
Doris Lessing - Golden Notebook
Doris Lessing - The Habit of Loving
Vladimir Nabokov - Lolita
George Orwell - 1985
I am starting with Lessing's The Habit of Loving. It is a compilation of short stories. While in what I will now call the Lessing Stacks, I wanted to check out all of her books. After calming down and resisting the urge, I chose just two. She has quality titles. I respect that. Don't we all get caught up in the habit of loving? I think so. Isn't that why people go straight from one long term relationship to another? It is like being in love with love. And why not? Loving and love (I consider them two different things) are great. But it is more complicated than that. Isn't it? Wow, that is a topic for an entire other post...
Now that I have laid my latest library cards on the table, what am I missing? What are your favorite "classics"? What should I be adding to my repertoire?
The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.