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comment by goo

Oh no. For the first time in my life, I've committed a reading sin: Having multiple books on the go.

I have Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde and Other Strange Tales underneath my water bottle. I finished The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (which, by the way, was very interesting - I can only imagine what a shock it would be to read before all the pop culture surrounding this story), The Body Snatcher, and The Bottle Imp. Only Markheim and the unfinished Weir of Hermiston is left... but I got distracted.

I had started Joseph Heller's Catch-22 last month, but admittedly I wasn't as focused as I needed for this book. Only 120 pages in and it sits unfinished by my lamp.

Someone had given me a collection of Agatha Christie murders that occurred on trains. Thankfully I finished all 3 of those and can put it into my "to be donated" pile; I simply don't have the space for books, sadly.

I have the complete collection of Brothers Grimm fairy tales. I'm maybe a quarter of the way through? I'd like to sit down and finish this one, but it's definitely low priority since it can be picked up at any time.

I'm currently reading Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. I really shouldn't have started it but now I HAVE to finish it since someone saw me reading it and wants to borrow it. The story itself is interesting (I love knowing classic stories) but I can't say I found his essay The Custom-House particularly useful. Maybe I'm lacking on historical context?

This would all be fine and dandy, but then someone went and lent me a book. Which of course hits top of my pile. My father gave me his copy of The Odyssey, and someone insisted on giving me their copy of The Iliad to read before.

Having started spring semester, I also have two textbooks to power through. Which I should, admittedly, be working on right now...

user-inactivated  ·  985 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Fuck yeah! Classic literature. If you like classical epics, I highly, highly recommend Seamus Heaney's Beowulf. It's so good.

Also, if you haven't read Frankenstein, you need to. It's amazing.