Today’s topic was “Crazy Things I Have Done for the Love of Books” but I wasn’t feeling it. Like yes, I have skipped eating and sleeping to finish a book but I do that all the time for school. My boyfriend’s favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye which I despise with all my being and has been the topic of many loud discussions but I still love him.
I decided on this topic because I was talking to one of my classmates yesterday about books as he was reading Dubliners which in my opinion is the only tolerable piece of literature that Joyce wrote and he was in need of new book recommendations. I have the general consensus that I don’t like Classics because they are either over-hyped, alluded to in so many pop culture instances, or just generally not interesting to me.
The Iliad by Homer
This book definitely falls into the category of “alluded to in many pop culture instances” especially with the popularity of The Song of Achilles. Last year I did read The Odyssey as well as both of Miller’s books. It was interesting to compare Circe to The Odyssey and I would like to do the same with The Song of Achilles. Also, does anyone know of a retelling of The Odyssey from Calypso’s perspective? I know the Atwood has The Penelopiad and there is The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker but I was hoping to find one for Calypso because my nerdy self wants to write a discussion post on the differences of modern retellings of Homer’s female characters.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
And speaking of Atwood, I still have yet to read her most famous book. I know shame on me.
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
So this is actually non-fiction but it is by Virginia Woolf so I am considering it a classic. This is Woolf’s Damn-The-Man essay and speaks of women and their need for space to create.
1984 by George Orwell
To my mother:
Yes, I know I need to read this. Yes, I know that I will enjoy it. Yes, I will read it soon.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Same here Mom!
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Yes, I have the nerve to call myself a fan of fantasy and I have never read LOTR. I will go sit in the corner now.
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
I LOVE Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 (which if you haven’t heard you are definitely missing out!) and I figure I should probably read the source material…
Les Mis by Victor Hugo
Much like The Great Comet, I love the music of Hugo’s classic and thus I resigning myself to read this tome which I will finish hopefully before I die.
Beloved by Toni Morrison
I read Morrison’s Song of Solomon in high school and enjoyed the prose. However, I was initially infatuated by Beloved after I read the Rejected Princesses post about the main character.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
I want to read this book for the sake of reading it. Okay and the bragging rights.