One of my big goals from 2013 was to read more. I love to read, but unless I make it a point to do it, it usually never happens. I also tend to read the same things over and over again (I have no idea how many times now I've read the Harry Potter series!), so I decided I really wanted to focus on classics. There's a lot that I either never read, or basically skimmed through during high school or college to get a grade for. I kept my eyes out at thrift stores for any classic titles I recognized and just grabbed them whenenever they crossed my path. So here's what I read...
Collected Works of Edgar Allen Poe
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
Pride and Predjudice, Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Obviously, I kind of fell in love with Jane Austen and got hooked for a while. I "read" Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice before but rememebered absolutely nothing from them, so I'm really glad I re-read them. Northanger Abbey was also great! It's got an extra dose of Jane Austen's snarkiness, so it's really fun. My favorite would have to be a tie between Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre (who both have amazing movie counterparts, by the way), and my least favorite was definitely Wuthering Heights. I pretty much hated Wuthering Heights, actually.
I also read The Paris Wife by Paula McLain for a book club. It's not a classic, but it was really interesting and a nice read. For those who haven't heard of it, it's about Ernest Hemingway's first wife, Hadley. It can be kind of sad at times, but just really well written I felt like.
What have you guys been reading? I'm always looking for new (or "old" new!) books to add to my list!