two classics

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Why is it that no matter how many hours or days are set aside for relaxation and catching up, it is never enough?

I sit here much later than I originally envisioned drafting this post and hoping that a quick rush will be good enough.

I toyed with a list of books that should be on everyone’s booksehlf, but that list is different for each and every individual. There are some generalities I could make based on my experience with certain interests, but what I think is a must have someone else might disregard.

So what books have I finished recently?

Two classics. As to the first, I know very well why I hadn’t read it (despite writing a paper to the contrary in eighth grade) and the other I didn’t read my senior year of high school because my class got screwed and there were too many students and not enough teach to have everyone who wanted to take AP World Literature.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's CourtA Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
by Mark Twain
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Twelve year old me pretended to read this and didn’t like it, get it, or finish it. Twelve year old me wrote a paper that got a decent grade anyway. Thirty-one year old me was nudged by Heather of Craftlit and I’m really happy she did. There’s a lot here and I’m going to need another go through it to be coherent in my remarks. It’s not Huck Finn. It’s not Tom Sawyer. It’s good. Perhaps my comment at Craft Lit (A Podcast for Crafters Who Love Books) says it best. You did catch that link at the start of the prior sentance didn’t you?

Great ExpectationsGreat Expectations
by Charles Dickens
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Missed this one as required reading. Haven’t encountered a lot of Dickens in my time but I’m happy I gave it a go. Not so I can cross it off the list but well, for lack of the ability to think of other words, it wasn’t at all what I expected.

Have you recently read a classic that’s been on your to-read for eons? Did you enjoy it or find it a painful slog?

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  1. N. has never read any Dickens or Twain. We’re planning to read both together in 2011. Well, I’ll read the ones I know I like and tell him to read everything, haha!

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