I'm feeling good! I've knocked 10 books off my list, which puts me exactly where I should be for the 50-books-in-5-years target. So far I've read:
- Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
- The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood
- Sanditon & The Watsons, by Jane Austen
- A Bear Called Paddington, by Michael Bond
- Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
- Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo
- Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell
- Anne of Green Gables, by L.M Montgomery
- Anne of Avonlea, by L.M Montgomery
- Life at Blandings, by P.G Wodehouse
I find it interesting that I've knocked most of the children's classics I had on the list off this year! (and have really enjoyed every single one). It's been a difficult year in terms of reading time, reflecting a beautiful year in terms of my personal life - I live in a different country, with a different and much better job, and an almost completed post-grad diploma more than I had a year ago. It's no wonder I've tender towards the 'lighter' reads. That being said, I knocked off one of the longest reads on my list, Les Miserables.
So far, The Blind Assassin has been the only list book I haven't enjoyed. Everything else has been 4 or 5 stars! I guess classics are classics for a reason! I've also enjoyed being opened up to more classics. I've read several off-list classics in the past year, added more to my to-read list and am genuinely looking forward to going back to series I've started through the list (Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, and Blandings Castle in particular). I'm definitely finding classic reading less of a chore than I did a year ago and am enjoying my extended knowledge because of what I have read.
So here's to another year of reading the classics! I'm already into my 11th book (The Canterbury Tales) and have my 12th in my library bag.