Thank you for all the great book suggestions!
I've mentioned before, the need to clean up my websites and find some sort of direction for this blog to take. I've been doing a lot of brainstorming and building a new site, and I think it's going to be pretty cool. The new site will be at the same address, but will pull all my stuff under one umbrella.
With that, I'll also be refocusing my blog. This blog has tended to be a collection of whatever was on my mind at the time. Much like first drafts of my books, it's been more about trying to find out what I want to say rather than what I'm actually saying. So, when I transition over, I'm going to focus on 3 things:
3. News about writing
For number 2, I'm going to try to line up some cool features...talk to other authors, talk to editors and agents. Stuff like that. Rather than me just babbling about writing.
For number 1, though, I want to talk about books. Really discuss them. So many book have had a big influence on me, and I think there's so much value in really digging into them. And now we're at the point of this post.
All through high school, I was a slacker. I missed out on reading a LOT of classics. Moby Dick? Never read it. Wuthering Heights? Never read it. A Tale of Two Cities? Never read it. King Lear, Metamorphosis, War and Peace...never read any of them. I've read some classics. I've read nearly everything by Hemmingway (because I hated him) and a lot of medieval and renaissance literature (since that's what I focused on in college), but I missed a lot of classic literature. Like Oliver Twist.
So, to combine my current inability to find anything I want to read with my new blog focus and my desire to read the classics, I want to know from you all where I should start. What are your favorite classic books. Books that every person should read. They can be from any period, any place. I'll let you know if I've read it or not, and add it to the list if I haven't.
Let's read some classics.