Have You Read Any Classic Book?

Philippines
February 11, 2009 6:35pm CST
I created a hub/blog of the books that I will read this year and actually purchased them on sale in the local bookstore and ebay of course. I started the year with Anne Of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery. It is a childrens book and I loved it. I am now on the first chapter of Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. I can't say much about it yet although I've heard much. I have read Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte in my teens not knowing it was a classic and decided to include it in my list and the works of Bronte sisters. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and The Tenants of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte. How about you? Have you read any classic book?
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@AmbiePam (51589)
• United States
13 Feb 09
You should really see the Anne of Green Gables movies if you haven't already. I read a lot of classic books for school and college. Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan, The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway... The most recent classic book I read was just to read it, not for school. It was The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
• Philippines
15 Feb 09
How was the Great Gatsby, Pam? Oh, now you suggest that I should see the movie, Anne Of Green Gables and I won't be able to sleep until I get a copy. hehehe. thanks, ambiepam!
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@rmuxagirl (7559)
• United States
15 Feb 09
I love Ernest Hemingway! I thought of rereading the books that I have of his. I like For Whom The Bell Tolls, and Farewell To Arms. He is very blunt in his writing which is one thing that I love about it.
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@AmbiePam (51589)
• United States
15 Feb 09
The Great Gatsby was depressing. I hear they are going to make it into a film, but I hope not. Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea (did I spell that right?) are two 2 hour tv movies that were made of the books and are awesome. About 15 years later PBS did a couple of other installments, but I wouldn't recommend them. They are way different in tone than the firt two TV movies made.
@teka44 (3423)
• Brazil
12 Feb 09
Hi sheena. Yes I read many classic books. I readed all these you named and Dr. Jivago by Pasternak, The Karamazov Brothers, The Mother by Gorki, almost all by Jane Austin, Don Quixote by Miguel the Cervantes, Tallow Ball by Guy de Mountpassant, Woman of 30 by Balzac, some from Emile Zola and some more that I can't remember now. I love to read and I can't stay without read something every day LOL. Have a good day.
• Philippines
15 Feb 09
How was Don Quixote? I plan to buy this classic since I heard so much about the guy. You are most like me, My day would not end without reading something. hehehe I guesss, I have to pick up Jane Austin since she has been mentioned a couple of times in this discussion. hehehe Thanks teka!
@teka44 (3423)
• Brazil
15 Feb 09
Hi sheena. Don Quixote De La Mancha is a beautiful book. It is about an idealistic dreamer and a loyal friendship. Try it some day it really worth. Try Jane Austin too, her books are so nice and easies and enjoyables. You can see the characteres and the places. I think that you will like both authors.
@aisaellis22 (6449)
• United States
12 Feb 09
Hello sheenarobins! I have read some Classic books. I have a book "The Secret Garden" and "The Little Princess" by Frances Hodgson. It's a story about little girls. I actually like the little princess and it was so popular here. I have also read "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens.
• Philippines
12 Feb 09
Hi aisaellis! It's good to hear that. I think I might include, "The Little Princess". I normally like best the ones about children or the narrator is a kid. I will check out great expectations review. It's been around I know just that if I am not mistaken, it is the same author as A Tale Of Two cities. I could not understand it. L.OL
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• United States
12 Feb 09
oh yeah..Charles Dickens wrote a tale of two cities too..but I haven't read it yet..
@rmuxagirl (7559)
• United States
15 Feb 09
I love reading classic literature and I love the Bronte sisters as well as Jane Austin. I have also read Kate Chopin, Chinua Achebe, Working through Dante's Divine Comedy, Angela's Ashes, hmm I also have LIttle Women that I haven't started yet as well as Madame Bovary.
• Philippines
15 Feb 09
Hello rmuxagirl, It's nice to find people who has the same interest. I was pondering on Dante's Divine Comedy. Will I ever understand it? Will give it a try. Will chech out Kate chopin and Chinua Achebe!
@wayz12 (2059)
• United States
14 Feb 09
I've read my fair share of books that are considered classics. Having been a reader since I was little, I would picked up almost anything to read, although my main addiction is fiction, at present PNR (paranormal romance novels). Some of my fave classic writers would include Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Harper Lee, Ayn Rand, Alexandre Dumas, and Victor Hugo. It's been a while since I've read a classic novel, having been busy catching up with my more contemporary book choices. I found this website called dailylit.com where they will email you portions of books so you can read everyday. They have a big selection of classics that you can read for free. You should check them out, if you don't mind reading using your computer. I'm currently rereading Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (love this book) and Fitzgerald's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
• Philippines
15 Feb 09
Hello wayz! I never like reading on my computer. I like to taste the pages but If I can't find the book, I'd settle for it. L.O.L I will chack out the website and thank you very much for the generous suggestion. thanks for posting as well.
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
14 Feb 09
I've read quite a number of classic books and didn't do so until much later in life. My mother wasn't much for reading so wasn't very encouraging for having me read...so did so on my own. As for what I've read? Dracula, Frankenstein, The Three Musketeers, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Secret Garden, The Time Machine..gosh...can't even think of them all...but a lot
• Philippines
15 Feb 09
Hello Pye! I guess it is same to say that your interest in reading came just on time. I often wonder why I have to reach this age before I decided to read and recognize the classics. thank you, Pye!
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@makingpots (11920)
• United States
12 Feb 09
Hi, sheenarobins. Wow, it sounds like you are going to have a great year! I have read all the ones you mention here except the last two by the Bronte sisters. Of these I think I enjoyed Anne of Green Gables most. They are all great and I like each of them. I just have a love for childrens books and hope to have one published some day. I too keep a long off all that I read in a year. I have done this for about 10 or 15 years. It is huge fun for me to look back over my lists. I love to read classics. I read about 2 a year..... depending on the definition of classic. I read more than that a year by my own definition of classic. Happy reading!
• Philippines
15 Feb 09
If you are a bookworm check out the website goodreads.com. You'll find reviews of the book that you have and haven't read yet. I love childrens book too. Ilove it when the story is written in the eyes of a child. I find it easy to comprehend and it touched my heart automatically. thank you for dropping by, makingpots.
• Philippines
12 Feb 09
I have read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and I like it very much. When I was kid, I used to watch the cartoon version of that and I was glad to see the book on sale in a bookstore at the mall and so I bought it. I would say I spent quite a time finishing it 'cause of my busy schedule at work but I'm glad that I had finished it and found out that it is actually a 2-part story and I also learned about Louisa May Alcott's biography, quite an interesting one. Recently, I saw the movie version of it in a cable channel and it was funny that I saw Wynona Ryder and Christian Bale, they're so young, maybe in their teens on that movie. I don't know when the movie is made but I'm sure it was made a long time ago. The other one I read is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I like this one too because this is like the Tom Saywer/Huckleberry Finn time line where there's still a racial discrimination between black and white and yes, I've also seen the movie adaptation of it and it was a 1962 film, yeah, a black & white film. I like watching things like that, classics. A friend of mine find it weird and odd that I have such fascination for those things but to me, it's just normal.
• Philippines
15 Feb 09
dutchess, Ain't it fun to find them on sale? L.O.L I always feel like a winner when I see a classic book on sale. Books that I've read which I saw on the screen where not classic but the works of Mitch Albom, Tuesdays With Morrie and Five People You Meet In Heaven. I like them. I have read to kill a mockingbird and didn't know it was a classic so I read it again. Thanks for dropping by, dutchess.
• Philippines
12 Feb 09
everytime i read classical books,ifeel sleepy and bored.idont know why..maybe its because im not an artists in all sense.
• Philippines
14 Feb 09
heheheh. Welcome to mylot. It only means your taste is different. doesn't necessarily mean you're not an artist.
12 Feb 09
Hi my friend Sheena, I haven't read any books for a long time bu I have read and seen the films Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, they are so wonderful, I do love the works of the Bronte sisters. I have seen Anna Karenina on film but never read the book, they are brilliant so enjoy it. How are you these days? hope you are fine. Love and hugs. Tamara xxxx
• Philippines
12 Feb 09
Hello Tamara, I'm good. And you? If you have watched and liked them then the more I need to read them. I'm almost busy but not very much. In the coming months, I would be in my office most of the time and lots of overtime. But I will find my way to sneak back here so just to say Hi I'm still here. L.O.L
@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
12 Feb 09
i normally dont read fiction but i have made an exception for some classics. i just finished reading barometer rising by hugh mclennan which is a canadian classic about the halifax explosion of 1917. i read anne of green gables as well as dr zhivago.
• Philippines
12 Feb 09
Hello cher! A few years back my collection is mostly non-fiction. Then I change my mind about it lately. So I'm making a fuss over it. L.O.L thanks
@Aurone (4757)
• United States
12 Feb 09
I have read many classics. I have read almost all of Jane Austen's work, several by Edith Wharton including House of Mirth and Ethan Frome. I have read Candide, Wuthering Heights, Several of Shakespeare's plays, Crime and Punishment (which is one I don't suggest), Moby D**k, and probably many others I can't think of right how. Every so many books, I try to pick up a classic. I enjoy reading them especially some of the women authors. Anne of Green Gables was one of my favs growing up, I read the series many, many times.
• Philippines
12 Feb 09
Hello Aurone, thanks for the response. I waited so long to read the classics and recognize them. I had to reach the age 30. L.O.L
@dodo19 (40155)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
16 Feb 09
Yes, I have actually. I have read several classic novels. I've read several Jane Austen novels, "Pride and Prejudice", "Sense and Sensibility", and "Northanger Abbey". I've read "Jane Eyre". I also read Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities". And I'm half way through the "Anne of Green Gable" series, by L.M. Montgomery.