I have two TBR (to be read) lists.
The first is all the books I really, really, really want to read and already own. Many are in my eBook library and vie for my attention daily. The rest sit on the shelves beside my bed and are a constant physical reminder of the wonderful worlds that await me.
The other list is the classic books that I know I should read but have avoided for a number of reasons:
I worry I won’t be smart enough to understand the profound themes that make them so revered.
I’m certain that the authors’ brilliance will wither my confidence and leave me unable to write.
I dread the archaic language of some of the older books.
To put it bluntly I’ve avoided many books out of simple fear.
Prompted by the purchase of Steinbeck’s East of Eden in December, I’ve decided to go through my fear, not around it.
Last month I read East of Eden and loved it. Yes, Steinbeck was brilliant. No, I will never write at his level. But I yellow-tagged dozens of pages to go back to and read again. There is so much to learn from his work.
This experience made me wonder: what am I missing in other classic novels in favour of something more contemporary?
Resolution: to balance my ‘should reads’ with my ‘want to reads.’
Do you have any reading resolutions for the 2016? How are they working out so far?
Photo from Wikimedia Commons: Baby meet Moominmama 3 Nov 05 by Phillip Capper