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Posted 29 August 2010 - 01:04 PM ( #35 )

I recently picked up The Call of the Wild and White Fang, by Jack London. Probably will dive into those soon. How's your guys' summer reading going?

Oh, White Fang is amazing. Probably one of the best books I have ever read. I definitely recommend it.

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 06:55 PM ( #36 )

Oh, White Fang is amazing. Probably one of the best books I have ever read. I definitely recommend it.

Oh, that's good to know! Makes me look forward to reading it even more. :D

My quest to build a library full of classics in my future home is coming along very nicely, hehe. :D I just picked up a few more from my library's bookstore: Siddhartha, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and As I Lay Dying. I've started Siddhartha.

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 06:47 PM ( #37 )

~ Harry Potter (Finished)

Harry Potter isn't a classic. the latest one is only 2 years old.

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 07:25 PM ( #38 )

Anything by Jane Austen or Charles Dickens is amazing and classical, just because the writers are so well known and their writing style so different from that of today's times.

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 04:41 PM ( #39 )

Harry Potter isn't a classic. the latest one is only 2 years old.

Alas, it is true, no matter how awesome we think the books are. Maybe in a couple hundred years or something, the Harry Potter books might be considered to be classics, who knows?

Anything by Jane Austen or Charles Dickens is amazing and classical, just because the writers are so well known and their writing style so different from that of today's times.


My favorite by Dickens is A Tale of Two Cities and my favorite by Austen is Pride and Prejudice. I definitely agree that these authors (along with many other classics authors) are pretty amazing.

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 03:55 PM ( #40 )

Yes Pride and Prejudice is definitely one of my favorites by Jane as well as Sense and Sensibility. I've started to read The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer. Have you read them? I have to say I'm struggling trying to understand the language a bit.

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 11:34 PM ( #41 )

I am currently reading Harry Potter but plan to read more classics this year.

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 11:44 PM ( #42 )

I am currently reading Harry Potter but plan to read more classics this year.

Oh, really? Do you have any in mind? :D Harry Potter is awesome! Sadly, Harry Potter is not considered a classic yet (as discussed previously in this thread), nor do I think it will be for a very long time. Here's hoping!

I'm going to be starting A Tale of Two Cities sometime soon, for leisure reading. It's one of my favorites. I've also had the urge to read The Secret Garden.

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 09:17 PM ( #43 )

I just found my copies of The Decameron, Dante's Inferno, and The Aeneid. I'm so excited to start reading them! :)


Danteís Inferno. <3 I need to read that again!

I just finished reading The Catcher in the Rye last night. It was...Alright, I guess. I wasn't a huge fan of the writing style, but...IDK, there was something about it that I liked.


Love Catcher in the Rye. So good. The writing style was a bit weird but once I got used to it, I totally felt like I knew Holden.

Iíve got a soft spot for Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad. A short novella but quite a dense book to read. Really like it though.

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 12:54 AM ( #44 )

I am currently reading Shogun by James Clavell. I just love getting lost in 1500's Japan - the samurai, the culture, the honor....... This is my second time reading it and I only see now how much I have missed reading it the first time. Then, my all time favourite classic is Pride and Prejudice and I read it once a year. I love the old English language, they had such beautiful ways of saying things, Lizzie's unconventionality, the humor, the romance..... and Jane Austen is of course a master writer in my opinion. :D

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 12:08 AM ( #45 )

I am currently reading Shogun by James Clavell. I just love getting lost in 1500's Japan - the samurai, the culture, the honor....... This is my second time reading it and I only see now how much I have missed reading it the first time. Then, my all time favourite classic is Pride and Prejudice and I read it once a year. I love the old English language, they had such beautiful ways of saying things, Lizzie's unconventionality, the humor, the romance..... and Jane Austen is of course a master writer in my opinion. :D

I love getting immersed in a culture and time period. :) I agree about Pride and Prejudice. That's one of my favorites of Austen's. I just got The Arabian Nights, always wanted to read that. I also recently acquired Charles Dickens: 5 Novels (including A Tale of Two Cities, my favorite of Dickens'). I'm so excited to read everything!

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 03:58 PM ( #46 )

I love Classics. Some of my favourites:
Sense and Sensibility

Emma
The Odyssey
Chrismas Carol
Taming of the Shrew
Hamlet
Wuthering Heights - not my favourite, the story lacks a bit

Reading for school right now:
Othello
Macbeth
Persuasion

I have shelves upon shelves of classics

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 04:07 PM ( #47 )

I'm reading Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes at the moment. I love this book, even if it's long.

My favorite books of all time though would have to be the Oz Chronicles. I'm barely done with the first volume, but I intend on reading the others.
Why does everyone hate Lord of the Flies? I love that book. We read in my english class and everyone gave it a thumbs down. I enjoyed it.

Would A Clockwork Orange be considered a literary classic? I don't know, because I want to read it sometime.

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 05:08 PM ( #48 )

I'm reading On The Road by Jack Kerouac right now.
It's absolutely beautiful, I'm in love with his writing style.

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 05:08 PM ( #49 )

I'm reading Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes at the moment. I love this book, even if it's long.

My favorite books of all time though would have to be the Oz Chronicles. I'm barely done with the first volume, but I intend on reading the others.
Why does everyone hate Lord of the Flies? I love that book. We read in my english class and everyone gave it a thumbs down. I enjoyed it.

Would A Clockwork Orange be considered a literary classic? I don't know, because I want to read it sometime.

I personally loved Lord of the Flies as well. I had no idea a considerable amount of people don't really enjoy it. To each his own though! Regarding A Clockwork Orange: that's a good question. I've always wondered about classics and what makes them so. I think it has to do with a lot of things. Literary classics transcend time and space. In other words, their stories are of lasting interest and they do so to all sorts of readers. I don't want to say there's a "time minimum" for a work to become a classic, but since classics usually are characterized by lasting readability, most books considered to be classics have been around for at least 50 years or so. Themes should be universal to a good extent and the books often have characters to which many people can relate. It should have a well-developed plot. Popularity and genre don't have anything to do with it. If you feel that some of these apply to your book, it probably is a classic (or will be someday :)). Whether or not a book is considered to be a literary classic, I'd definitely dive into it anyway!

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 05:29 PM ( #50 )

Hm, my favorite classics are probably all the ones we read last year in english class. These were: The Lord of the Flies, Of Mice and Men, Great Expectations, Romeo and Juliet, and The Odyssey. The Lord of the Flies is DEFINATELY my favorite out of these. I just like the messages and symbolism in it, and once you understand it, it's a huge "AHA!" moment.

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 05:39 PM ( #51 )

The only classic I can remember that I LOVED reading was The Secret Garden. :)



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