Saturday, December 31, 2016

Book Blogger Hop December 30th - January 5th: 185 Is a Square-Free Integer

Jen at Crazy for Books restarted her weekly Book Blogger Hop to help book bloggers connect with one another, but then couldn't continue, so she handed the hosting responsibilities off to Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The only requirements to participate in the Hop are to write and link a post answering the weekly question and then visit other blogs that are also participating to see if you like their blog and would like to follow them.

This week Billy asks: Your New Year's Resolution is to read a classic novel that you have never read before. What book will it be?

One of the advantages of having attended a private boarding school for high school is that I read a number of classic works of literature when I was a teenager. Before I reached college, I had read Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Faulkner's Light in August and As I Lay Dying, Twain's Huckleberry Finn, Hemingway's Farewell to Arms, and Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby. I read The Three Musketeers, Les Miserables, L'Etranger, and All Quiet on the Western Front. I read Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, The Red Badge of Courage, Heart of Darkness, The Mayor of Casterbridge, and Tess of the d'Urbervilles. I have not read anything close to all of the classic novels, but I have read a lot.

This means that the field of choices I have is limited to some degree. Just picking from the books I own, I could round out my Hemingway reading and pick up The Sun Also Rises. Or I could delve deeper into Faulkner's oeuvre and read The Reivers or Go Down, Moses. Maybe I could try Ben Hur or The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In the end though, I think I will have to settle on Ivanhoe or Don Quixote of the Mancha. I have seen three film adaptations of Ivanhoe, and am somewhat familiar with the story of Don Quixote, but I have never read either book. Those are works that I should probably read some time soon, although I hope to eventually get to every book I have listed in this paragraph.

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  1. There are a number of classics I would like to get to as well. I went with the one that I had hoped to read this past year but didn't get to--it also happens to be the book I am starting the New Year out with.

    I would like to read Don Quixote of the Mancha at some point. I've seen two musical versions, which I've enjoyed.

    I hope you have a happy New Year!

    1. @Literary Feline: I have also seen a musical version of Don Quixote of the Mancha, and that is one of the reasons why I want to read the original.