Like many readers I was forced to read books in high school. Usually they were ‘classics’. It’s always debatable whether the books are good or not. What made the whole experience horrible was how the teacher handled it.
You read this book written in difficult language for a teenager with little help from the teacher and then you had to know the book really well in order to take tests and write essays about it. There were many times where I just completely missed the message or what the story was about and did poorly on the assignments. These are the kinds of experiences that turn kids/teenagers off of reading. As a result of these kinds of experiences, I tend to stay away from classics.
Now as an adult, I realize I shouldn’t avoid these books. I have time now so I’m hoping to read more classics than I have before. I’m thinking I’m going to be able to appreciate them more as an adult. Hopefully I can even share some of these with my future children!
Here’s my list of books I think I need to read:
–Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
-Any of the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
-The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
-The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
–A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
-The Iliad by Homer
-The Odyssey by Homer
–Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
-The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
–The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [Currently reading]
I’m sure there are more but these are the ones on my Kindle (yay free public domain books!).
Have you read any of these books? Are they good? Are they as good as everyone claims? Anything I should add to my list?
Are there any classic books that you haven’t read that you feel you need to read? What are they?