The Back Story:
I put "Read A Classic" on my list because old books scare me. I find them difficult to read, hard to understand, and boring (and that is if I actually read more than 30 pages.) I LOVE to read but I was the girl in high school that refused to
In 8th grade I was in honors English. Due to a lack of effort, I did not get awesome grades. By some oversight, I was placed in 9th grade honors English where I proceeded to do worse than 8th grade. I convinced myself that English was my worst subject and that I wasn't smart enough to understand the material when the reality was that because I wasn't interested in the books we were reading, I neglected to apply myself. To be fair I was 14 and being asked to read Charles Dickens. I didn't even know what socialism was so how was I supposed to appreciate a novel about the social and economic pressures of 19th century England? High school English class killed my love of reading.*
In an effort to make good on # 27, today I did some recon at B&N.
I'm still unclear on what actually constitutes a classic. According to the display I can choose from:
The Wizard of Oz
Last of the Mohicans
Any novel ever written by Jane Austen
The three that I am considering are:
Little Women (I've seen the movie)
The Scarlett Letter (I've seen Easy A)
The Secret Garden (I've seen the movie)
Any suggestions? My hope is to read all three before the year is out but my TBR (that is book blog lingo for to be read) pile is like 925 books high.
* Fun Fact: I buckled down and studied hard for my 9th grade honors English midterm. I thought I did well. As the teacher was passing back the midterms, the snobby girl (yes I'm being judgemental) next to me who always got good grades got an 88% on her test. She turned to me and said, "Well I got an 88, but I'm sure you'll do fine." I got a 96% bitch...I bet she still hates me.