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December 6, 2011 7:37 AM Subscribe
I want to spend next year reading ~the classics~.
So, um, what are they?
posted by showbiz_liz to Media & Arts (64 answers total) 149 users marked this as a favorite
Last December, I vowed to read 52 books in 2011, and it looks like I'm going to succeed. Now that I know I can do it, I want to challenge myself a little more in 2012 and acquaint myself with some of the books that a learned gentlewoman ought to have read. (I figure I'll do the same challenge as this year, but only require myself to read 26 'classics,' which will allow me to read trashy sci-fi as well and not get burned out. I could always do more than 26 if I really get into it, too!)
I'd like to get at least a little better acquainted with ancient and not-so-ancient fiction, important scientific books, and some philosophy. As well as anything else you guys can come up with. I'm easy.
My main reason for wanting to do this is to get a firmer understanding of the general cultural background of the world, so I'd like to focus on works that have had a broad impact on later works/culture, and a mix of Western and non-Western works.
I know this cannot realistically be done in a year, or a lifetime... but it's a start!