20 for 2020
“Classic; a book which people praise and don’t read” – Mark Twain
Well. I don’t really know how to start this blog post. Hello, I guess? It’s been a while, for numerous reasons. A lot of change, fast, eventually culminating in my old original blog dying a death. But let’s not get down about that!
I’m a firm believer in everything happens for a reason, and so I choose to look at my blog meeting its untimely demise as a chance to start anew and really try and make my blog (and life) as best as it can be. So if you’re an old time reader of me then thank you for sticking about and if you’re new here then thank you too and welcome!
Now let’s get onto what you’re really here for – books. My last blog was dedicated to literature, and this one is no different. Blogging for me was just a side hobby whilst I was at uni – a place for me to go and write my random thoughts about books, in more depth, and in whichever way I wanted.
Now it’s a new year, a new decade, and a new blog – so that means discovering a whole lot of new books. Well, I say new but actually I’ve made it one of my resolutions to read more classics so you’re going to notice a LOT of them on here. People assume that because you have a degree in English Literature you’re basically a walking library, and if you haven’t read something they deem a ‘classic’ they’re always taken aback. However I don’t mind that much, since it actually highlighted to me how ignorant I’ve actually been reading-wise.
Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I’ve never picked up a classic before. I had read a few when I was younger but not many, and it was only when I went to uni that I realised what I was missing. There’s something in them that you just don’t find in their contemporary counterparts, and I can’t even put into words what that is. Maybe I just like how it’s real life but different to what I know now. Kind of like real life magic, like I can tangibly travel back in time. So yeah. That’s why I want to read more classics
And so here’s a list of at least 20 books I want to finally read in 2020 – notably full of classics, with a few contemporaries thrown in:
The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Stand by Stephen King
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
Odyssey by Homer
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Coming Up for Air by George Orwell
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess