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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Summer Classics

Hey Blogger Buds,
This summer I'm tackling a few classics, so I figured that today I'd share with you the pre-2000 books I'm reading. I don't usually read classics, so I'm also going to mention my reason for picking these books.

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
I'm reading this one for the Nerdfighter book club. John and Hank Green chose it because E. L. James sold more copies of Fifty Shades of Grey in a month than Ray Bradbury sold of F451 in his entire lifetime.
Right now, I'm 70 pages in, and it's amazing. Mr. Bradbury has an astounding command of the English language, and a way of just weaving words together to paint these astonishing pictures for you. The only author I've recently read who I could say the same thing about is Markus Zusak.
I'm not finished yet, but I still highly recommend.

To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To be honest, I don't really know what this is about. It seems that when a book reaches a certain status as a classic, it doesn't need a summary anymore, just stuff about how it's "compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving" and "takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos." (nabbed from Goodreads) I don't even know what "pathos" means*.
But it's a book that everyone just must read, supposedly. Also, it was one of my summer reading choices for school, so let's kill two birds with one stone, eh? (Pun intended.)

Johnny Tremain
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
This is my other school book. I read it a few years back, for a different school summer assignment, so hopefully I'll remember some of it, and just have to give it a quick skim. I don't know how to explain it, so I'll leave it up to Goodreads to provide a semi-ambiguous summary:

"Johnny Tremain, a young apprentice silversmith, is caught up in the danger and excitement of 1775 Boston, just before the Revolutionary War. But even more gripping than living through the drama of Revolutionary Boston is the important discovery Johnny makes in his own life."

Fire and Hemlock
Fire and Hemlock by Dianna Wynne Jones
Probably at least one or two of you are loading your guns and/or wands and preparing to come after me for including this book on a list of classics. But I said that I would be including pre-2000 books, and this one was published in 1985.

I'm reading it because my knowledge of DWJ's works is embarrassingly limited to Howl's Moving Castle and some other half-hearted attempts, so when I saw Fire and Hemlock on the library shelf I scooped it up without even reading the summary. For this reason, I don't really know what it's about, and I refuse to find out, because then I might change my mind. If I'm going read it anyway, is there even a point to knowing what it's about? No.

That's the plan for my summer classics! Wish me luck!

What kind of classics are you planning on reading this summer?


*pathos: "a quality that evokes pity or sadness" -Thanks, Google!


  1. I've been trying to read some classics this summer too! Well, I guess I started back in May really, so not just this summer. So far I've read Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre. I'm not really sure what I'll read next though...

    1. I haven't read Pride and Prejudice, though I did read Jane Eyre for school a while ago. Absolutely hated it--hope you liked it a bit more than me. I totally recommend you try Fahrenheit next--I'm kind of in love. Good luck finding something. =D

  2. I've been intending to read Fahrenheit 451 for ages but just never got around to it. Maybe I'll make it my goal this summer to get it read.
    I've never read Fire and Hemlock though I'm a big DWJ fan and particularly love her Chrestomanci books, especially The Nine Lives of Christopher Chant. Though she does have some books that are pretty strange and which I wasn't too fond of, so I'm not sure which category Fire and Hemlock would fall into. Hope you enjoy your summer reading!

    1. I keep saying it. I can't stop. READ FAHRENHEIT. It's SO GOOD. *falls down*
      I tried the Chrestomanci books, but I wasn't so interested. But I will forever have an author crush on her, because of Howl's Moving Castle. The lady was a genius.

  3. What an awesome thing for the Nerdfighters to do! I need to Farenheit, but I also still need to read The Book Thief. I've been a serious slacker.

    1. *read Farenheit. *facepalm*

    2. Well, Fahrenheiting is important too. Don't forget to Fahrenheit this summer, people!
      If you don't read, or at least start, The Book Thief, I will...um...do something...bad! Yeah! Something....really...bad! (I don't know what that is yet, but it will be bad.) I actually have more Markus Zusak books lying around around the house, (I Am the Messenger and an Underdogs three-in-one) which I'm excited to get into.


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