My Quest Toward Classic Lit In 2008

I don’t quite recall what brought me to this decision, but I am determined to make 2008 the year I read the classics I’ve yet to devour.

First on my list: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. A friend told me recently it’s his Favorite Book Of All Time, and his copy should’ve fallen apart years ago he has read it so many times.

Such an endorsement makes me giddy at turning the first page.

Gentle readers of this very blog, what other titles should be added to my list?

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9 thoughts on “My Quest Toward Classic Lit In 2008

  1. Great Books

    “A Confederacy of Dunces” — you’ll laugh so hard you will cry.

    “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” — the book will change how you look at the world.

    “Things Fall Apart” — a tragic African tale.

    That should last you a few months . . .

    Mike Hostetler

    • Re: Great Books

      I’ve heard wonderful things about A Confederacy of Dunces and will definitely pick up a copy. The other two titles sound great, too. Thanks for your suggestions!

  2. I second A Confederacy of Dunces. I read it every year first thing, to put myself in the right frame of mind for Mardi Gras, but you don’t have to be from New Orleans to appreciate it.

    If you haven’t read War and Peace yet, there’s a beautiful new translation out, and it is not nearly as intimidating as a lot of people make it out to be.

    A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold.

    I also recommend Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres and just about anything by Willa Cather, Margaret Atwood, and Edith Wharton.

    Shoot, once I start recommending books it’s hard to stop!

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