Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish, where bloggers share their top ten responses to a given theme. I tend to stick to lists of five!
Despite majoring in English lit, I somehow managed to avoid reading a full Hemingway novel during my entire time at college.
This spring, I picked up A Farewell to Arms, a sparely written story about an ambulance driver’s miseries in World War I. I also read In Our Time, a series of equally spare vignettes which, for the most part, showcased more variations on stoic, manly misery. Although I appreciate the skill evident in Hemingway’s writing, I’m not really dying to go read more.
I’m already kind of a Borges fangirl, so my enthusiasm for Italo Calvino is probably no surprise. I started with the short and mind-bending Invisible Cities, and then moved on to a collection of his essays, The Uses of Literature.
I can’t remember what possessed me to pick up A Room with a View, but I’m glad I did – it’s such a sunny little novel, written in a narrative voice I can only describe as warm. I plan to read more of Forster’s books – especially Maurice, a story of gay love written in 1914 but only published in 1971, when homosexuality was less taboo.
Among the many books on my to-be-read list is The Madman’s Daughter by Meghan Shepherd; I figured it would be a better experience if I started with the book it was based on. The Island of Doctor Moreau is a pretty decent thriller, playing on fears of unhinged scientists, horrifying dismemberment, and sentient beasts.
I’m on a mission to read more classic literature. Here’s my master list of classics, if you’re interested.