My goal for 2012 is to read not only 50 books (which was the goal I achieved for 2011) but to also have 10 of those books be classics. I've never been a big reader of classics so I find myself totally out of the loop when people start talking Jane Austen or Grapes of Wrath. Of Mice and Men and Lolita are 2 of my top 5 favorite books of all time but it's not enough. I kick started this goal by reading Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell in January. In case you didn't know, I've become a bit obsessed with all things GWTW now. It was fabulous and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. Don't be scared by the giant page count! It's totally worth it.
Since I finished Gone with the Wind, I've been a big hesitant to start another classic. I wasn't sure what to choose, nothing seemed interesting, I didn't want another 1000 page book, and compared to Scarlett, everything seemed so dense. I decided to just go with the first book that came to mind that I've had a weird desire to read and never have. I distinctly remember picking this up in ELEMENTARY school (maybe 5th grade?) for some reason and making it through about 3 pages before putting it back on the library shelf. side note- way to push your reading boundaries, young Madeline... I haven't picked it up since..until now
My classic book #2! I officially started it last night and I'm already a little hooked. To be honest, I read the first 2 pages yesterday morning and thought "ugh, this is hard and boring already" but was convinced by my co-worker, Melissa, to give it a couple pages. She promised me that I would be sucked in and love it. I trust her so I gave it a shot! I'm only about 20 pages in but I wish I was reading it right now....
Anyone else have any reading goals for the year? Anyone ADORE Wuthering Heights? Anyone HATE it?