I'm not sure I can remember every book I read this year, but I thought I would give a short review of some of them. I should start off by saying that I really have loved reading the classics this year, and hope to read many more in 2013. Even though I had a fairly good education, I didn't read most of the classics in school. At one point I considered majoring in english, but ended up reading weird books instead of classics. My high school class read "Alice in Wonderland". That was tedious for me. When I started college, I signed up for "literature of the absurd". What was I thinking? We ended up reading Alive in Wonderland again! Sigh.. We also read some really weird stuff, including Kafka. Anyway, so now I am playing catch up trying to read the books I missed out on in college. I love that I can get most classics for free on my Kindle!
Unbroken: This is a great book about a WW2 POW who suffered greatly in the concentration camps. It's always amazing to read about the resiliency of the human spirit. It's not a classic, but I loved it. 5 thumbs up for this book!
Great Expectations: I had a hard time with this book at first. The plot, for me, was all over the place, and I couldn't seem to make any connections in the story. My neighbor in America is an english teacher, so I sought her advice, and she encouraged me to stick with it to the end. I didn't have "great expectations, but I stuck with it, and I'm glad I did because I ended up loving the book. I give this 4 thumbs up.
Emma: This book kind of put a barrier in the way of my reading. I have been on a kick to finish what I start, so I was bound and determined to finish this book before starting another. But I disliked it so much that I found it hard to pick up. My "teacher neighbor" insinuated that I missed the irony in the story line. I guess so, but for me it just drug on and on. Pages and pages of idiotic dialog. It took me forever to finish this book, and I don't think I could bring myself to ever read it again. Sorry Jane Austen.
Jane Eyre: Now this was a great book! This is moved to my "favorite books" list. I'm not sure it would be my absolute favorite, but it is right up there! On a 5 thumb scale, I would have to give it 5 thumbs with a pinky finger to boot! :)
Dracula: I really wanted to read this in October so that I could finish at Halloween. But Emma held me hostage that month, so I never got around to reading it until December. I loved this book! It was quite surprising to me that it was so graphic (in a violence way). It was written in 1897, and I guess I thought that this kind of novel wouldn't be socially acceptable in that time period. But it is really a love story at heart, and written very well. I think that I have been well educated in "draculanomics" :) because I knew all about vampires before reading this book. That may have helped me when reading it, because sometimes it was a little vague. I must say that the ending was a little abrupt for me. For that reason only, I only give it 4 1/2 thumbs up. :)
Right now, at the advice of my neighbor, I am reading Wuthering Heights. So far I like this book, so I have high expectations for it. I have a whole list of classics in my reading queue, but I'm not sure what I will read next. Any suggestions?