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Re: Classics: New Year's Resolutions?

I have a stack of books that I want to get through this year. Some are classics like Wuthering Heights, The Age of Innocence, Vanity Fair, The Canterbury Tales, Dracula and Utopia. Others include A Short History of Nearly Everything and some Ayn Rand novels/ short stories. The one book I would like to try to finish this year is The Jungle. I started reading it last winter for one of my college classes and decided that it was one of the most depressing books I have ever attempted. I only made it half way through before I switched to Oliver Twist. I would also like to read some more Henry James.
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Re: Classics: New Year's Resolutions?

The one book I would like to try to finish this year is The Jungle. I started reading it last winter for one of my college classes and decided that it was one of the most depressing books I have ever attempted. I only made it half way through before I switched to Oliver Twist.

 

I would suggest you skip the rest of The Jungle.  It's mostly more of the same, and the conditions it documents are way in the past.  It was an important book at the time, but the other books on your list are, IMO, much more valuable reading. 

 


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I have a stack of books that I want to get through this year. Some are classics like Wuthering Heights, The Age of Innocence, Vanity Fair, The Canterbury Tales, Dracula and Utopia. Others include A Short History of Nearly Everything and some Ayn Rand novels/ short stories. The one book I would like to try to finish this year is The Jungle. I started reading it last winter for one of my college classes and decided that it was one of the most depressing books I have ever attempted. I only made it half way through before I switched to Oliver Twist. I would also like to read some more Henry James.

 

 

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Re: Classics: New Year's Resolutions?

Exactly what I was just thinking!

Everyman wrote:

The one book I would like to try to finish this year is The Jungle. I started reading it last winter for one of my college classes and decided that it was one of the most depressing books I have ever attempted. I only made it half way through before I switched to Oliver Twist.

 

I would suggest you skip the rest of The Jungle.  It's mostly more of the same, and the conditions it documents are way in the past.  It was an important book at the time, but the other books on your list are, IMO, much more valuable reading. 

 


simple_girl wrote:
I have a stack of books that I want to get through this year. Some are classics like Wuthering Heights, The Age of Innocence, Vanity Fair, The Canterbury Tales, Dracula and Utopia. Others include A Short History of Nearly Everything and some Ayn Rand novels/ short stories. The one book I would like to try to finish this year is The Jungle. I started reading it last winter for one of my college classes and decided that it was one of the most depressing books I have ever attempted. I only made it half way through before I switched to Oliver Twist. I would also like to read some more Henry James.

 

 


 

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LovelyLight89 wrote:

My New Year's Resolutions usually have something to do with procrastinating less. Every semester, I vow to be more responsible with my time; every semester, I still end up writing almost every paper the night before it's due, or even the morning of. I'm not going to be too ambitious this year - I know I'll end up wasting time, but I'm going to make a resolution that when I don't feel like doing work, I'll try to read more instead of turning on the tv or surfing the internet. First on the list is Charlotte Bronte's Villette, and then I'm hoping to get to some more George Eliot books. Middlemarch and The Mill on the Floss are some of my favorite books ever written, so I'd really like to read more of Eliot's novels. I might try to keep up with the reading schedule here first.

 

Jessica 


Jessica, just to let you know that we're doing Silas Marner by George Eliot in February on the Literature by Women board.

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Re: Classics: New Year's Resolutions?

Thanks dulcinea!

 

yes, we are going to read Eliot's Silas Marner in Febrary.  Everyone is welcome :smileyhappy:


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LovelyLight89 wrote:

My New Year's Resolutions usually have something to do with procrastinating less. Every semester, I vow to be more responsible with my time; every semester, I still end up writing almost every paper the night before it's due, or even the morning of. I'm not going to be too ambitious this year - I know I'll end up wasting time, but I'm going to make a resolution that when I don't feel like doing work, I'll try to read more instead of turning on the tv or surfing the internet. First on the list is Charlotte Bronte's Villette, and then I'm hoping to get to some more George Eliot books. Middlemarch and The Mill on the Floss are some of my favorite books ever written, so I'd really like to read more of Eliot's novels. I might try to keep up with the reading schedule here first.

 

Jessica 


Jessica, just to let you know that we're doing Silas Marner by George Eliot in February on the Literature by Women board.


 

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Re: Classics: New Year's Resolutions?


pedsphleb wrote:

Thanks dulcinea!

 

yes, we are going to read Eliot's Silas Marner in Febrary.  Everyone is welcome :smileyhappy:


dulcinea3 wrote:


LovelyLight89 wrote:

My New Year's Resolutions usually have something to do with procrastinating less. Every semester, I vow to be more responsible with my time; every semester, I still end up writing almost every paper the night before it's due, or even the morning of. I'm not going to be too ambitious this year - I know I'll end up wasting time, but I'm going to make a resolution that when I don't feel like doing work, I'll try to read more instead of turning on the tv or surfing the internet. First on the list is Charlotte Bronte's Villette, and then I'm hoping to get to some more George Eliot books. Middlemarch and The Mill on the Floss are some of my favorite books ever written, so I'd really like to read more of Eliot's novels. I might try to keep up with the reading schedule here first.

 

Jessica 


Jessica, just to let you know that we're doing Silas Marner by George Eliot in February on the Literature by Women board.


 


 

Yes, I have managed to move into 'Middlemarch', it was a slow start for me but I'm glad I stayed with it, because it's a wonderful story.  I should be done with it and ready for 'Silas Marner' by February.  I definately want to read and study more of George Eliot's works.

 

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Re: Classics: New Year's Resolutions?

Hello,

 

This year I would like to read "A Tale of Two of Two Cities" and "Beowulf"

 

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Bookworm36 wrote:

Hello,

 

This year I would like to read "A Tale of Two of Two Cities" and "Beowulf"

 

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Re: Classics: New Year's Resolutions?

I have made so many reading resolutions for 2009. Last year I tried to maintain a schedule to read a lot of books including classics. This year my resolutions are to read about 2 literature books a month because I have to study too many things to my doctors. I'll include "The collected stories of Ketherine Mansfield", "Don Quixote" (Miguel de Cervantes), "David Copperfield" (Charles Dickens - unabridged - I read an adaptated version a long time ago), Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck), The portrait of the artist as a young man (James Joyce). I know a lot of good indications will appear and as soon as possible and I will catch some of them according to my spare time.
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marciliogq wrote:
I have made so many reading resolutions for 2009. Last year I tried to maintain a schedule to read a lot of books including classics. This year my resolutions are to read about 2 literature books a month because I have to study too many things to my doctors. I'll include "The collected stories of Ketherine Mansfield", "Don Quixote" (Miguel de Cervantes), "David Copperfield" (Charles Dickens - unabridged - I read an adaptated version a long time ago), Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck), The portrait of the artist as a young man (James Joyce). I know a lot of good indications will appear and as soon as possible and I will catch some of them according to my spare time.

 

Ooh. So many good classics listed here, marci!  I almost envy your first readings of them!
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Re: Classics: New Year's Resolutions?

I read Middlemarch & Adam Bede both in 2008.  I loved both of the these books, though I think that Adam Bede was my favorite.  Perhaps because Middlemarch is a harder read.  But also because I loved the characters in Adam Bede.  I won't part with either of  these books, they will be books that I will read again.  I highly recommend them both.
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Villette is on my short list of  favorite books.  It is a truly rich and wonderful treasure.  I'm sure that you will love it.
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Re: Classics: New Year's Resolutions?

Agreed! I love Villette. I had to read it in 11th grade for our "book club" (our class split up into different author book groups, mine was the Bronte sisters). I definitely would like to re-read it, and hopefully it will be sometime this year.

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Villette is on my short list of  favorite books.  It is a truly rich and wonderful treasure.  I'm sure that you will love it.

 

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