I’m very happy to say that I finally got internet in my apartment! I went a whole month without it and it was awful! Well I wasn’t 100% without internet – I was able to use my phone to browse and tether to my laptop but I could only do that in limited amounts because of my monthly data limit. That also meant no videos or other high-bandwidth sucking websites. So to occupy my time I actually pulled out some books and read!
I have a slightly embarrassing confession – I am not as well read as I would like to be (and should be). I always liked reading, but I’m a stubborn reader and I don’t like being forced to read. So in school when I was supposed to read classic books, about half of the time I would only read a little of the book and fudge the rest. I learned that a few well-placed comments during the class could convince the teacher or professor that I had read something when I never actually had. Sometimes this would bite me in the ass at test time but usually I could get by with what we had discussed in class.
Another reason I haven’t read that much is because I used my AP high school English classes to substitute for college English courses, so I didn’t have English classes at all in university. I did do a lot of academic reading for my major(s), but very little classic literature.
So I’ve been trying now to catch up on old and modern classics! I have a nook and most classic books are widely available for free as PDFs so I have no excuses not to read.
The first book I read was The Picture of Dorian Gray. Everyone has read it, I can’t believe I hadn’t! I found it to be pretty edgy for the time – there’s some gayness, drug use, suicide, murders and other fun stuff – and after reading up on it, I found out that it was censored when it was first released, especially the drug use parts. The plot is pretty predictable but that always happens with old books where the concepts are recycled over and over in popular culture since that time. I liked all the dandyism and floof in the book and the mockery of rich people of the period and all the silly shit they would talk about.
The painting is just supposed to age, not get all Picasso, who was responsible for this set direction?
The next book I read was Ender’s Game. It was nice going from a classic book with its somewhat
boring methodical pacing, to a modern book that I couldn’t put down! I didn’t see the movie from last year but apparently the book is much better, but I still want to check out the movie soon. The basic plot is that in the future, aliens are a threat to Earth so there’s a special school to train military genius kids to fight in a intergalactic space war, all through the point of view of this one superior genius boy to rule them all. There’s so many of these types of magical/chosen/special child stories so I kept getting waves of Harry Potter, Star Wars, Evangelion and even Sailor Moon, although this book predates most of those. There was quite a lot of the book devoted to the military training, which I normally don’t like, but the author was able to convey it in a clear and interesting way and make it sci-fi and spacey enough to keep my interest. It seems that the author is a huge douchebag so I’m glad I didn’t pay for the book, muahaha
Ender’s Game was a short story first published in 1977 (same year as the first Star Wars movie), but then fleshed out into a whole book in 1985.
Now the book I’m currently reading is The Count of Monte Cristo. It kind of reads like a play with a lot of intense character roles and dialogue, but at least it’s easy to follow. It takes place around the end of the life of Napoleon so I had to go back and review French history at that time (thanks Wikipedia). It’s a lot longer than the other two books I read so I hope I don’t get bored in the middle and drop it halfway. Even though I have my internet connection, there’s still a lot of time for reading since I’m out of the house a lot and riding trains or passing time in cafes and stuff.
One thing I found is a Count of Monte Cristo computer game, haha! I didn’t download it because it looks a little dodgy and I don’t want spoilers either but here it is:
Thank you for reading! Do you have any classic books that are your favorite? I would like some more recommendations!