I'm Darlyn and this is my book blog. Before the clock struck 12 yesterday, I took one last look at my bookshelf, and came face-to-face with, well, reality. Staring back at me were five unread classics, books I’d had for years but never finished or forgot about completely.
- The Call of the Wild and Selected Stories by Jack London – This book originally belonged to my grandfather who passed away two years ago. Reading this will be a nice way to remember him.
- McTeague by Frank Norris – Stephen King mentioned this book in On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, and, upon seeing it at the used bookstore for PHP 10, I immediately snatched it up.
- Cannery Row by John Steinbeck – Bought, read, and finished this book when I fifteen. I didn’t really understand it, so I think a reread is necessary.
- The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce – Bought, started, and did not finish this book when I was seventeen. The stream-of-consciousness made my head hurt, but I think it’s time to give it another try.
- The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane – Bought this book for PHP 25 at a used bookstore, and never got past the first chapter. Once again, I’m willing to give it another try.
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain – I was halfway through this book when I stopped reading it, for some reason, Perhaps, my attention span which is similar to that of six-year-old’s is explanation enough. The edition I own is about fifty years old. The pages are yellow, and it smells great. Sorry, I got carried away.
- Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne – We meet again, Verne. I’ve had this book since I was in elementary school, and I still haven’t read it. This year, Verne. This year.
The damage has been done.
But, hopefully, the damage isn’t irrevocable.
I’ve decided to conquer authors I previously found intimidating, to say the least, like Hemingway, Faulkner, Dickens, Wharton, etc. I’m proud to say I’ve read my first Dickens, A Christmas Carol. Don’t laugh. I already know I’m a pansy by starting with a novella.
My decision to steer this blog into the direction of the classic niche has been a long time coming. Blogs like A Room of One’s Own and Dead White Guys: An Irreverent Guide to Classic Literature inspired me to come up with a, shall we say, focused blog.
So, join me on my quest to inject a little more substance into my reading diet.