Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Am I afraid of a certain Classic?

I haven't written here much at all. Mostly because I have been blogging over at my other site and just haven't had much to write in regards to books and reading here. But this month's discussion question for Classic Club members is one I just couldn't pass by: 

What classic piece of literature most intimidates you, and why? Or, are you intimidated by the classics, and why? And has your view changed at all since you joined our club?

I think the two major pieces of classic literature that I am most intimidated by are the works of William Shakespeare and Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I am usually not intimidated by the Classics. In fact, I love reading Classics and have begun quite the collection on my shelves. But those two men and their writings stare me in the face like a brick wall that I'll never be able to climb over. 

I have read Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame and absolutely hated it. There were sections in the book where it was good, but most of it was just awful. I was so bored and felt like something was missing from his style of writing. I have heard so many say that Les Miserables is their favorite or that it's by far one of the greatest classics. But I am so scared of it. My fear of it also isn't helped by the fact that I have seen the movie starring Liam Neeson and had to write a paper on it in college. I was so confused by the movie and wrestled with the paper so much that I just have no desire to touch it again. It is not on my list of 70 classics and it probably never will be. But only time will tell. 

And Shakespeare... What can I say about his works? I read Julius Caesar and Merchant of Venice in high school for one of my writing classes. And that was brutal. Maybe I was just too young and still too green in my reading of the classics. But I am willing to give him another chance and maybe this time I will be pleasantly surprised. 

So... there you go. My two most intimidating Classics. Wish me luck!   

Monday, November 5, 2012

October has come and gone...

I read a lot in October. I couldn't help it. I even branched off from my missions books again and read a couple of Christian novels. They were so good and I am glad I read them. For awhile in October I went through this really big painting phase and couldn't think of doing anything else, but then I got discouraged and when one of my paintings didn't quite turn out the way I wanted it to I gave up. But then I picked up my books and explored the world through the eyes of missionaries, preachers and travelers. I love when I can do that and it does my wandering heart a whole lot of good. 

The books I read in the month of October: 
Effective Engagement in Short-Term Missions: Doing it Right! edited by Robert J. Priest
Unleashed: The Church Turning the World Upside Down
edited by Dudley Rutherford
Eats With Sinners
by Arron Chambers
Redeeming Love
by Francine Rivers
Crispens Point
by JoHannah Reardon

The number of pages I read in the month of October: 
The number of pages read year-to-date (middle of December 2011 - end of October 2012): 
Number of Classics Club books read so far:  
  10 of 70