Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A Classic Resolution

I really didn’t mean to. I didn’t know what would happen. I am so sorry beloved, little blog for abandoning you for so long and allowing myself to get trapped in the holi-daze. But I’m back now. The holidays are over. And while they were lovely, it is also nice to have a bit of structure back to my days.

This new year is all sorts of exciting to me, as every new year is. Sure, according to some calendars, the world is ending and all, but let’s not worry about that just now and look on what we have in front of us.

For me, there are so many books coming out this year that have been compiled on a list, and every day that brings those release dates closer is a cause for celebration. At the top of that list are Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr (in April), Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (in July), Gone by Lisa McMann (February), and, last but certainly not least, the third book in the Hunger Games series (The Victors). But my adventures in reading are taking me in another direction and I could really use some help.

So, the classics. Yeah, we’ve all read some, some of us at the barrel of a mom-related rage storm during the high school years. And others that we came upon and loved without educational dictates to get us there.

But now I want to push further into the world of classics for one of my resolutions for the year and would love to know which classics you loved, so that I start with the best of them. So, let me know your favorite classics and I will add them to my list.

And in exciting holiday news, for Christmas, I got a new book shelf (that is dreamy) and I currently linger in front of the shelves to see my beautiful books that I read this year more prodigiously displayed.

All my best in this wonderful new year and I really look forward to adding more books to my list.

Quote for the Day from The Mountain is Young by Han Suyin

“Your duty is to do, and thus to revere life.”


Sandra Leigh said...

How old do you want your classics to be, Julie? I have loved Jane Eyre all my life, and I imagine that qualifies as a classic - but how about Steinbeck's novels? Are they old enough now to count as classics?

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I envy your beautiful new bookcase. So glad you enjoyed your holidays.

Great quote! :-)

Julie said...


Any age classics will do as long as you love them. I'll add Jane Eyre to my list. What is your favorite Steinbeck novel?

Thanks for helping out!

Julie said...


I'm fawning over my bookcase right now. :) Thanks for the comment. Any favorite classic to share?

Jemi Fraser said...

Some of my favourite classics are from the world of science fiction. I read most of these for the first time in high school and loved them. Farenheit 451 by Bradbury, 1984 by Orwell (dark but really intriguing ideas, Chrysalids (don't remember author). Then there is Flowers for Algernon (also known as Charly) - a must read for everyone!

DebraLSchubert said...

To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, The Diary of Ann Frank. Are these classics? Not sure, but I think so. All are intense - the opposite of "light" reading. Enjoy! ;-)

Reginald said...

My favorite classics are Sherlock Holmes.

Sandra Leigh said...

Re Steinbeck: Ha! You had to ask that, didn't you? I'm pondering, thinking Cannery Row but that's today. Tomorrow, I might change my mind.

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Tanvi said...

Jane Eyre, of course!
I'm also a major Jane Austen fan - so all her books, and I mean all of them are my favorites.
Apart from these, Hard Times by Charles Dickens is an extremely interesting read, and Mill on the Floss too!

Guess being an English Literature student makes it difficult to have one fave classic :P

Kasie West said...

Yay! You're back. Never leave me again for so long. :)

I went through a classics kick a while back. My father was completely into classics so I thought that in order to make myself more "educated" I had to read them. LOL I actually ended up loving a lot of them. I got out the list of "Top 100 classics" and started working my way through them. I still have quite a few to go. Dickens is my favorite. You can't go wrong with really any of his. "David Copperfield" was my absolute favorite of his (I read it twice) but I also liked "A Tale of Two Cities". I also loved Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". Of course there is Jane Austen, love all of hers.

You know what book I hated that is on every classics list? "Crime and Punishment". Ugh. The graphic images of that book will never ever leave my brain. It was so disturbing. I wish I never read it.

Anyway, I'm sure I'll think of more later. :)

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Julie said...


Fahrenheit 451 is one of my absolute favorites. I just added 1984 to the list (it's one of the many I already own, but haven't read). And I'll add Flowers for Algernon, too.

Thanks for the help!

Julie said...


Yup, those are classics, all right. And I've read all of them and loved them. I also read a really interesting book by someone you might know. The author is a fabulous woman who thinks everyday is her birthday and that Starbucks is in every important food group. :)

Julie said...


I just added Sherlock Holmes to the list, do you have any recommendation for which novel?


Julie said...


If you need to pick two books instead of playing favorites, I totally understand. Do share; the list can be very, very long. :)

Julie said...


Thanks for the recommendations. I definitely have to read Jane Eyre (and I'm a little embarrassed that I haven't, to be honest). My list is getting longer... WooHoo! Dickens, check. :)

Julie said...


I'm just glad that you didn't leave your blog as unattended as I did. Clearly, there's work to be done in my blog management skills. Maybe you were better at it because you aren't addicted to Christmas music (yes, I'm still listening to it). Next year, I'll get the Xmas patch so that the holiday spirit doesn't infect me so totally and then I should be a little more focused (or conversely, I could never stop listening to Christmas music, and then it won't overwhelm me later). Thanks for the Dickens additions to the list (I'm going to be reading a lot of Dickens, it looks like). I've read Huck Finn and loved it, and all of Austen.

And thanks so much for the heads up on Crime and Punishment (and who would have thought such a perky title would lead to never-ending yucky images in the brain). I'm a big sissy about that kind of stuff, so I will definitely steer clear.

Thanks for the recommendations and if you think of others, let me know!

Julie said...

Hey Anonymous,

Thanks for the kind words and for the comment! I'll do the best I can. :)

Kasie West said...

Julie, I know, with a title like Crime and Punishment I was expecting a crime akin to chocolate theft and the punishment of said offense to be having to take the chocolate back to the store and apologize. Not so. :)

I must say that the "blog management skills" you've accused me of having, are recently acquired. You should've seen my blog over the summer. Yikes.

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Frankie said...

I actually really enjoyed the first half of Robinson Crusoe, but not the second. Also: The chunks of Moby Dick not related to the minutiae of whale life make an excellent story. I think my favorite older books are Bram Stoker's Dracula and Treasure Island (go fig). Gotta keep them women out of the story, or it'll just turn into a romance!! (ICK!) If you're looking for a truly exploratory classic, something with a lot of meat, there's no topping The Silmarillion....

Love ya.