Every year I set a goal to read or reread at least 3 classic novels. While I may have read a number of these in school, I didn’t necessarily like or appreciate them at the time. I try to give myself a three or five-year grace period before I pick up the book again to see if I still feel the same way. In other cases, I liked the book so much that I must read it again.
This year I have 5 books on my list and I’m hoping you all will join me!
It’s time to reread these classics:
I have a confession to make: I’ve never finished this book. I believe I started to read this my first year of high school but for some reason or the other, couldn’t finish it. Ironically, I’ve watched the movie about a thousand times. So while I know the story really well, I’ve always told myself that I must finish the book. I recently picked up a copy so this will be the first one I tackle this year. I can’t go another year without completing this novel. Just watching the movie doesn’t count.
It’s Zora Neale Hurston; I really shouldn’t have to give any other explanation as to why this is always a great book to read. This novel, featuring a strong black female protagonist, is one of the most important stories of all time as it weaves a tale of Southern love in a way that only Hurston could.
Everyone knows the story of To Kill A Mockingbird; one of innocence and kindness, love and hatred, cruelty, bigotry, and racism, all told and seen through the eyes of a young Scout. It’s considered one of the best books of all time for a reason. I haven’t read this book in over 10 years so I definitely think it’s time to revisit this masterpiece.
This book might be considered a “new classic” by many since it was released about 13 years ago. However, it is one of my absolute favorites. The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose years has been tainted and shaped around the foggy memory of the day her mother was killed. While in her teens, she escapes to South Carolina – a town she believes holds the secrets to her mother’s past. The Secret Life of Bees is simply a story about love that everyone needs to read.
I’ve mentioned in a previous post that this book changed my life. This is a novel that I encourage every person to read and is one that is constantly on my yearly reading list.
So there you have it, the five classics I’ll be rereading this year! What’s on your list? Let me know in the comments below!