I have not read many classics as a kid or a teenager as I was not even aware of any. My native language is not English and there were not many English language readers in my family. My father read English novels but mostly espionage, crime fiction or thrillers (which are not what I like). He has studied some classics in college like Somerset Maugham or Charles Dickens. We did not even have English courses in college so I did not get any opportunity to read classics.
I tried reading Jane Austen when I was in high school I think but I found it boring. After that, I never even tried reading classics which had romance in them – until this year. I finally tried reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte this year and actually liked it. That was when I realized that a well written novel can be enjoyed even by an unromantic person like me, if it was written well.
I then went on to read Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and absolutely loved it. It is now one of my favorite novels. That gave me the courage to try The tenant of Windfell Hall by Anne Bronte. I read some 100 pages and I am loving it so far. I plan to finish it by June (my India trip might make it difficult for me to complete before that).
Once I am done with the Brontes, I am hoping to tackle some Russian classics. I have never read a single book by a Russian author. I heard that Russian novels are dark and grim which is what I have been liking these days. As you can see, Wuthering Heights which is the darkest of the three Bronte sisters’ books is my favorite. So I have a feeling I am going to like these classics even more than the English classics. *Fingers crossed*
I got three Russian classics by three different authors that I hope to finish this year or at the most by next year.
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- The Master and the Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
I am planning to start reading these classics after June or July once I am back and settled. Hoping to tackle one of these every few months. I am giving myself around 2 months time for each of these books as they are pretty chunky. Wish me luck.
Let me know if you would like to join me in reading these classics.