Literary Confessions…

I’m a huge fan of reading, but I have a confession: I’ve never read Jane Austen (or really any classics). I remember reading Tom Sawyer for school, which I enjoyed; but it was not an easy read at first. I also remember going home and telling my mom that the other kids in my class was getting the Cliff’s notes versions and why couldn’t I just do that because I had other books that were far more interesting to read than Tom Sawyer- which my mother told me that I’d do better on the test if I would just read the book (she was right- the questions were about more than the Cliff’s Notes version).

Back to the classics, though- I guess for me I’ve always equated the classics with a reader who is quite intellectual (think Ivy League- intellectual) and I felt not quite to that level of reading-skill.  I still have that view-point (to an extent), but I’m now more willing to explore some classics. I’m thinking Jane Austen will be a good place to start.

Now that I have about knocked the wind out of you from that confession- here’s another: I’ve never read The Great Gatsby (although seeing the previews for the movie has intrigued me). So I believe that I’ll be adding that to my list as well.

As you can tell from my 2 confessions, a book snob I am not. I don’t throw around the names of literary greats, I read what intrigues me because I want to read; not because of anything else. While I won’t call the books I read the equivalent of “reality- tv”, I’ll more liken them to great sitcoms, feel-good movies, and the like.

For me- reading is about good times and just letting the story go. I don’t usually try to figure out the bad person, I may make guesses as to where the story will head; but I’m not really trying- I just want to wrap myself in a cozy blanket and enjoy the characters.

Any literary confessions? Has everyone else read The Great Gatsby? Feel free to stop by with literary confessions- no judging on my blog!

6 thoughts on “Literary Confessions…

    • Interesting- do you think Gatsby in high school was just the wrong time to read it and now with age it’d be a different experience?

      Pride and Prejudice- that is the one I hear the most about- I think when I read JA, that’ll be the one I start with.

      • It might have been the time, yeah. I loved Anthem and Fahrenheit 451 when I read them that same year. But perhaps Gatsby fell victim to college applications/ tests/ worries and senior-itis. Some day I may re-read.
        Lizzie Bennett has the most spine of Austen’s characters, which is why she’s my favorite. Hope you like her, too!

      • I’m a huge movie-lover (almost as much as I love books) so the movie previews for The Great Gatsby had me intrigued. Which got me thinking of the book.
        I hope to read the book (or attempt to) before the movie.

        I’ll let you know my thoughts on Austen’s characters when I begin reading. I have SO many books to read, it’s not even funny!

  1. I haven’t read The Great Gatsby either, but I will soon! I own it and it is one of the next four books I plan to pick up next. 🙂 I’ve only recently started exploring the classics, but I’ve discovered that I love them, which I didn’t think would happen! I actually wasn’t that bothered by Pride and Prejudice, but I really liked Emma by Jane Austen. Maybe you should give them ago, you never know, you may even like them 😉

    My literary confession? I LOVED the Twilight saga for a reasonable period of time, and I still go to watch the movies, it’s become a sort or tradition.

    • I’ve just always been really hesitant to read the classics- maybe it’s the language, maybe it’s just so many other books I want to read and I equate the classics with homework!

      I just hear and read so many speaking of Jane Austen- I decided I need to give her a try!

      Hee hee 🙂 Love that you confessed a literary confession! No judging here! I read the Twilight books and while the first one I did like; the others I just could not get into. By the 4th, I’m just like whatever about Bella! The movies, though, last summer when Eclipse came on Showtime- they showed the other 2 movies earlier in the day. I sat down and watched all 3 Twilight movies that day and enjoyed them much better than books. So much so that I went to see Breaking Dawn Part 1 (but not opening weekend!).

      When you read The Great Gatsby- let me know thoughts on book.

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