Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Now accepting nominations...

Every summer for the past several years I have chosen a "classic" to read over the summer, typically one that is longer in length that I didn't have time to read during the school year (yes, I know, ironic that the English teacher doesn't have time to read). As Memorial Day has officially passed us by and summer has unofficially begun, I have started to think about this year's classic. Past choices have included A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Mill on the Floss,Moby Dick, and Les Miserables. Any suggestions? There are still several Dickens I haven't read, Hardys I haven't read (and I do love Tess so), and I'm a bit embarrassed to admit I haven't read any of the Russians. Let the voting begin...

13 comments:

Christopher said...

Brothers Karamazov. It will take all summer.

Sarah said...

I don't remember how long it is, but what about Crime and Punishment? I remember really enjoying that book in high school. The "superman theory" in the book was really interesting too.

Sarah said...

p.s. I started reading the unabridged version of Les Mis. a year ago and haven't gotten very far. I can put it down for long periods of time and start reading it again and I feel like I haven't really missed (or forgotten) anything. So far I've enjoyed the abridged version more than the unabridged. Perhaps it's just a bit too wordy for me.

Stephenson Family said...

This is one that I haven't read yet, but it's on my shelf waiting for me. I have seen the BBC version of the book and LOVED it! It's very Jane Austen-istic - anyway, my recommendation would be "North and South" by Elizabeth Gaskell.

Sara Christiansen said...

Personally, I love Dostoevsky. Crime and Punishment and Brothers...both are good...

Kiersten said...

I dunno what you should read, but NOT Atlas Shrugged.

I know, I know, not helpful...

Because Mom Said So... said...

Rebecca ~ by Daphane du Maurier.
Grapes of Wrath ~ Steinbeck
And of course, not adult classics per se... yet... but all of Anne of Green Gables.

All time favorite, which is a short biography, goes to the book: My Life by Helen Keller

Sisyphus said...

personally, I like Solzhenitsyn if you're looking for Russians.

The Silly Witch said...

Let me know what you decide and I'll read it at the same time you're reading it.

Tyler, Amy and Kate Waterfall said...

I loved Anna Karenina. Maybe a good place to start on all of those Russians...

JessK said...

Hmm, I've been thinking Anna Karenina. My dear Silly Witch, have you read it?

The Silly Witch said...

Hmmmmm I don't think I've read it. Is that your pick?

Jolly said...

I loved Anna Karenina. I read it about 3 mo. after Roo was born. It is such a beautiful story.