So it’s been a while since I wrote my spring reading list post and had grand plans to finish all mentioned books by the end of spring and review them. Here I am to tell you all that has absolutely not happened. I mean, oops I guess? But I do have some reasons for not delving into the reading list as planned.
The thing is I’ve always wanted to wade my way through all the ‘classics’ as other reviews always make them out to be the best books of all time. The problem with that is I don’t feel the same way anymore. After getting three quarters of the way through The Great Gatsby I came to the realisation that I didn’t really have a clue what was happening in it. I’ve had so many people tell me how amazing a book it is and I just didn’t get it.
For whatever reason, I couldn’t connect with the characters or the story line. Maybe the fact it’s set in the 20’s made the connection difficult to build. I zoned out and gave up reading it. I have never stopped reading a book until I’ve finished, it doesn’t feel right. But I couldn’t even force myself to continue reading it. I even found reading the SparkNotes take on The Great Gatsby more interesting than the book itself.
In a way, I’m a bit irritated because I really wanted to love the book but I just don’t. It always makes me feel a bit dumb when I say I don’t enjoy reading (some of) the classics because I feel like there’s a certain expectation from people that you have to adore them. Well, I’m gunna go ahead and destroy that stereotype… If it’s classed as one. I don’t understand all the language used in them and sometimes I lose track of where the stories gone. And that’s that, I suppose.
I’m not giving up on the classics because I don’t dislike them all – in fact, To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my favourite books of all time. I loved every second of reading that book. So I’ll definitely try and read the others I’ve bought.
Another reason I haven’t finished the books is due to a busy work schedule. No matter how much I might want to read sometimes my eyes are just too tired for it. I don’t really know what else to say on this point to be honest.This was a little short post to give you a glimpse into how my mind functions… in some way? Honestly, I don’t even know myself but we’ve gathered I have a love/hate relationship with the classics either way.
I’d love to know what your takes are on the classics. Are there any you’ve read and loved and would recommend?
Until next time,