My recent reads were Fahrenheit 451 and The Library of Unrequited Love. Both are concerned with the future that, if does not completely put books away, contains no quality read and the main source of entertainment is the television. I had a great time reading both although Fahrenheit 451 was a little hard to stick to because it goes dull at some point and the choice of words just did not appeal to me. There, I have said it. The quality read that those books were pointing at were mostly the classic ones, and sadly, I have yet to learn how to read them. I like reading books written in a simple, narrative way. I want the authors to talk to me as how we talk today, and for that, I suck. What kind of a reader who does not read the classic? What kind of a (frustrated) writer who never appreciated the must-reads?
I want to find comfort in reading “great” books. I actually have a few classics with me but I only managed to finish Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, which I forced myself to read before watching the movie. I hope I’d know how not to be too overwhelmed when I pick up Animal Farm, Frankenstein, The Bell Jar, On the Road, Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and the newly-purchased Slaughterhouse-Five. (I found a mass paperback in Fully Booked!!!) I like buying classic books despite the fact that I do not read them. They will be perfect for my future library, I say. But I know that sooner or later, I will have to learn how to read those books and it will be for my own good. I read somewhere that the classics are those that do not stop to tell its message up to this day. I want to learn how to write a piece with an impact. I want to adapt the discipline that was exercised in writing classic books, and to be able to do so, I have to read them. I know it will not be easy to come out of my comfort zone and leave my contemporary young adult novels for a while but the sacrifice will surely be worth it!
My goal this summer is to finish (at least) three classic books. What’s a good classic title I can start with?