I’ve just returned from an impromptu visit to my sister, which we tacked onto the end of our Thanksgiving holidays. We visited four — yes, four — Half Price Books stores in the span of two days! I ended up with a ton of great books from each clearance section, which I’ll share on Saturday.
While I was at my parents’ house, I also raided my childhood book box and turned up some books I can’t wait to (re)visit. All of them count for my 2011 classics project, which I will finally explain tomorrow! Here are the treasures I unearthed:
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: I read this one in 8th grade and listened to it last summer. I’m not sure I’ll read it again right away, but I’m happy to have my copy on my shelves again.
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: I read this one in high school and hardly remember anything! I’d like to revisit this classic.
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith: I picked up Smith’s other novel, Joy in the Morning, at a library sale recently. It reminded me about A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, which I read in high school and loved.
- Dante’s Inferno, translated by Robert Pinsky, and
- Virgil’s Aeneid, translated by Robert Fitzgerald: I purchased these two for a college course I didn’t end up taking. I’ve never read either and am, frankly, a bit intimidated by both, but you never know when the inspiration will strike to tackle just that sort of book!
- Homer’s The Iliad, translated by Robert Fagles: I’ve only read bits of this one and am not certain I’m ready to read the rest, but listening to The Odyssey recently went better than I’d expected. (Interesting that all three of the previous titles are translated by Roberts!)
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: Yet another book I read as a kid and don’t really remember!
I also looked through my bookcases at home and pulled out a few other classics I would like to (re)read for my project. Among them:
- Plays by Ibsen: I read Hedda Gabbler years ago. I’d like to reread it as well as read A Doll’s House, if not some of Ibsen’s others.
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens: I need to brush up on my Dickens, and this is one of the less intimidating ones, at least size-wise! I read it long ago, but I remember so little I might as well have never read it.
- The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton: I enjoyed The Age of Innocence and would like to read more by Wharton. Since I already own The House of Mirth, I thought it’d be a good place to start.
- Moments of Being by Virginia Woolf: I’ve only read some of Woolf’s fiction and am looking forward to trying her nonfiction.
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway: I’ve never read Hemingway! I picked The Sun Also Rises up years ago and have yet to get to it. I have others by Hemingway on my TBR list, though not actually on my shelf.
These are just a few of the classics on my list of potential project reads. Stop back tomorrow for details on the project!
What classics / Western canon titles have you always meant to read?