Back in March of this year I joined The Classics Club, something that encouraged people to nominate a set number of classics to read over a set number of years. I chose 50 novels in 5 years, aiming to finish around March 2017. Currently I’ve read 3 (nearly completed my 4th) so I am a little behind but I’ve got a little plan to catch myself up.
Every month The Classics Club has a fun meme where you answer a question and I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and answer this month’s question, which is:
Why Are You Reading The Classics?
Interesting question! I’m sure the reasons are many and varied but for me it’s simply because I haven’t read very many at all in my life. I’ve been an avid reader since I was probably 5 or 6 and first learned to read a book alone. However, I have habitually avoided classics because the few I’ve had to read in my past for high school, I really did not enjoy with the exception of To Kill A Mockingbird.
However I’m older now and my reading tastes have changed a lot in the last five years and in particular in the last 2.5 years since I began this blogging journey. I found myself more and more curious about the classics and had begun to buy some even before I first saw a post about The Classics Club, trying to choose ones that I thought would interest me and a couple that I thought might surprise me. I had a huge amount of fun researching titles and putting together my list of 50 books and I’ve had even more fun hunting down some of those titles that I didn’t own when I started. I’ve bought some lovely editions of some and I’m still looking, trying to find each choice on my list.
I don’t know whether or not I will complete my goal of 50 classics in 5 years, it’s hard to say with any certainty. But whether I do or not, I know that I’ll have tried a lot of new novels, things that I wouldn’t have even looked twice at several years ago and I’m sure I’ll find books that I will absolutely love. But more than that I’ll have just had a go, tried to expand my reading horizons and enjoyed doing it.