Friday, May 14, 2010

Four Ways To Conquer Classics Without Spending A Dime [How To]

I'm sure I don't only speak for myself when I say that I wish I was more well-read. I was offered opportunity in high school and college, but the rebel in me made it difficult. I still pulled As in my classes by reading Cliff Notes versions of everything. Looking back, I regret it. Looking back, I wish I would have paid more attention to literature. Hey, hindsight's always 20/20, right? In an effort to become more well-read, I've issued myself a challenge (which is a lot better than someone else issuing me a challenge, I assure you) to read the ten books on Penguin Classics' Ten Essential Classics list by the end of 2012.

10. Inferno by Dante
9. Walden by Thoreau
8. Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
7. Metamorphasis by Kafka
6. Moby Dick by Melville
5. Hamlet by Shakespeare
4. The Odyssey by Homer
3. Pride & Prejudice by Austen
2. Jane Eyre by Bronte
1. Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck

To make the challenge a little more , I plan to do this without spending any extra money. Here's how:

  • Daily Lit. I can have it delivered to my email or RSS reader and conquer it in 5 minutes a day.
  • Librivox. I can listen to the audio versions for free.
  • Project Gutenberg. Full text of books in the public domain, free of charge.
  • The Library. Those are dirty words to me, my friends. I've written a post about my library before, but I'm going to try to get over it for my goal's sake.


AtenRa said...

Odyssey and Oedipus Rex we did at school and analyzed the text which was in ancient greek, of course.Difficult, but totally worth it!You'll love them.And generally anything that has to do with greek mythology is awesome.
I've read Hamlet and Pride and Prejudice.Or I think I've read it.Maybe I've only seen the movie....ah, I can't remember.But I think I've read it.
I want to read Inferno and Of Mice And Men, too.I also, like you, have the feeling that I just HAVE to read some classics.Like Wuthering Heights, or Dracula or even Paradise Lost, Animal Farm or Lord Of The Flies, which I am not sure fall under the classics category.What can I say?YA books have sucked me in and they are not letting go!
Great idea for a challenge!I am sure you'll read them before the end of 2012!

celi.a said...

You can do it! And isn't Project Gutenberg wonderful? I go there anytime I need to reread a classic.

Miriam said...

Good luck! I've only read Pride and Prejudice and I chickened out of reading Jane Eyre. I might try and read more of these in the future, from my school library. And well done on the not spending money target XD
I'm cheering you on! (oh and will you be posting reviews too?)