A Facebook friend posted a challenge: " Name a book you accept as one of the best books of all time that you have not (yet) read." The usual ones came up--War and Peace, Moby Dick, Crime and Punishment, etc. I was happy to see that others had not read To Kill a Mockingbird. I have started it more than once and never got very far.
War and Peace--I read it while nursing Dan 31 years ago--mostly in the middle of the night--a few short chapters at a time.
Moby Dick--I read it during college and even wrote a paper on it.
Crime and Punishment--I might never get around to this one or any other Russian novels.
The Divine Comedy--I was inspired to try reading this by a 12Blog by Jennifer Holberg. I have not done well. I have read about eight cantos aloud but it is pretty dreary! I may not have the discipline to continue.
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man-- I read Chapter One today and I do think I will go on this time. I've given up on it more than once before.
I posted a reply on Facebook that it certainly is not that I don't have time to read the great works of literature. And I do always like to have a book that I am enjoying reading. But it has to be just the right one for the right time. That can be hard to find.
I have just reread The Closers, a Michael Connelly crime novel. and enjoyed it. I enjoyed Pete Hammill"s North River immensely but his short stories have not given me the same pleasure. .I know, these are not great literature, but they were great reads! I would say that I read one out of every two books I bring home from the library.
Probably my favorite genre is memoir. But not from entertainment personalities--and not always from politicians. I welcome suggestions.