February is halfway through and, for some reason, I think today is an appropriate day to look back on the two months I've spent as a classics book blogger. I started Your Move, Dickens in mid-December, the same time I decided to focus on the classics.
My decision to read classics came about gradually. Before, I used to read completely for entertainment, and my reading diet was composed of paperbacks with the words #1 New York Times Bestseller on the cover and YA books about vampires, fallen angels, etc. Sure, I was entertained, but I completely forgot about the plots and characters of these books after a couple of weeks. They didn't stay with me, and it slowly dawned on me that reading isn't just supposed to be entertaining. It's supposed to make you think about life and how you're living it, and make you feel like you've been to new places and met extraordinary people.
So, last December, I made a conscious decision to start reading classics. My reading speed has greatly decreased. Before, I could finish a thick paperback in a day, but that has greatly changed. It took me three days to read something as short as Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, and even The Metamorphosis took me two days. I need to reread passages or even entire pages to fully understand a book, and sometimes I stop to think about the page I just read.
That's okay, though. I don't mind reading slowly, because I don't want to feel like I'm missing anything. I might not understand everything, but I want to make sure I take away, at least, something from each book, maybe a new gem about the people around me or a new perspective about life.
So far, Of Mice and Men really affected me as a person, because it blurred the lines between pity and murder. Animal Farm surprised me with its child-like simplicity, while Great Expectations made me feel sorry for a convict. These books intimidated before, because I thought they were boring. Was I wrong or what?
I'm looking forward to the coming months, and I'm really excited about the "new" classics I might discover. I've only been blogging for two months, but I've already met so many amazing bloggers, and gleamed so many insights from the comments. So, thanks for stopping by, and thanks for reading this post. See you at the salt mines.