Do you remember sometime ago when I challenged myself to read a bunch of classics I'd been meaning to tackle for a while? There's a Conquering the Classics tab at the top of my blog with an (overly) ambitious classics TBR list. I thought it would be neat/gimmicky to make an A to Z compilation of classics, which meant I ended up selecting certain books that, to be perfectly honest, I couldn't give two rips about just because they fit a particular letter. In fact, there are a few I couldn't give even a single rip about. And then there are the ones that didn't make it to the list simply because that letter was already taken.
In retrospect, it was kind of a silly idea. Tackling the classics, however, was not.
Over the past month or so, I've been challenging myself to read a chapter a day minimum from a classic novel. Jess Silverstein did this last summer with Great Expectations (which I still have yet to finish :/), and it was pretty manageable; one chapter is not all that difficult to get through even on days where I'm extra busy. Sometimes I end up reading more because I've gotten into the story or just because I figure I might as well keep on going. I usually have another book on the go that isn't a classic and, I'm not going to lie, that book is at times the incentive I need to get through my mandatory classic chapter. Don't get me wrong, I happen to love a number of classics, so it's not like I consider this a giant snoozefest. There are just some titles that I feel like I should read, but don't really see myself fangirling over. (Case in point: Wuthering Heights.) And that's okay. At the rate I'm going, there's no reason why I can't finish a classic a month, which is really kind of awesome.
So now that I've more or less canned the A to Z approach, I plan on rethinking the list sometime soon and filling it with classic titles that have caught my attention at some point or another. I'll work through them at my chapter a day pace and who the heck knows (or cares) when I'll completely conquer the list. In the original challenge I made some lofty promise that I would read each book right to the end even if I hated it. Bleh. Not happening. Life is too short to force myself to read something worse than tedious. This isn't college and my grade doesn't depend on slogging through a book that makes me weep from boredom. I'm not sure if I'll review many of them either. I feel as though I have little to add to the plethora of insightful reviews already out there on these titles. Anyway, I'm actually kind of excited about this re-imagined challenge!
Feel free to join me if you wish. Compile your own list and start Conquering the Classics one chapter at a time just like me.☺