Dipping My Toes Into is a new feature I’m starting on Music, Books and Tea sharing books from genres I don’t read very often but want to get into more.
For the very first post, I figured why not start with the big guns and delve into the Classics. I’ve admitted several times that I am not into the Classics. I haven’t read very many of them, and, to be honest, I haven’t got this great burning desire to read a lot of them. There are a few though, that I wouldn’t mind picking up once I’ve stopped being so intimidated by them.
I don’t understand why I’m so intimidated by Classics though. I think it’s got something to do with this niggling worry that I won’t understand the language used, although I know that the language isn’t that difficult to interpret. There’s also the worry of simply not enjoying it. I hate reading a book that so many people around me love and I end up hating it, or just not getting what exactly is so wonderful about it. Silly worries, I know, but they do have some influence on what I pick up to read.
So, even though I have this whole Classics Intimidation thing going on, I have read a few Classics, and, for the most part, really enjoyed them. My favourite one so far has to be Wuthering Heights, purely for its setting and the language. I struggled through The Picture of Dorian Gray because I despised the main character far too much to take anything else away from the novel.
So, I’ve sat down and compiled a list of Classics that I’m pretty sure I’ll like, or at least like enough to be able to finish reading. I’ve chosen:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Because it’s like, the ultimate romance story. I love the film and BBC adaptations, so I’d like to experience the book. I’m nervous though because I know a ton of people absolutely adore this book, and what if I don’t?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – I’ve heard interesting things about Jane Eyre. I’m intrigued by Mr Rochester. Plus it seems to be very gothic-esque, which I loved about Wuthering Heights so maybe I’ll like this one too?
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald – To me, this is the most iconic American Classic, and I’m quite surprised that I’ve not already read it.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – Again, I know a lot of people love this one.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess – I’ve heard it’s a total mind**** to read, which instantly makes me want to pick it up.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – I’ve owned this book for so long! And again, it’s got that whole gothic vibe going on, so I should enjoy it.
I’m curious to know, what’s your favourite Classic book? Which one do you think I should start off with?