Thanks to everyone who weighed in on my previous post about the Back to the Classics challenge and other books to read in 2011. I have just finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. In the comments to my previous post, Bunny mentioned that the characters would stick with you, and boy, was she right! It took me a little while to get used to the storytelling mechanism (the story is told entirely through letters), but then I didn’t want the book to end. Even though I’m not sure if I will count it for the challenge or not, I do know that I’m totally moving to Guernsey.
As for swisslet‘s warning about Emma… I’m afraid I may find it rough going as well, but dammit, I’ve downloaded a free copy to my Kindle, so I feel compelled to read it. Plus, I love Clueless, and I enjoyed the Gwyneth Paltrow movie, so maybe it won’t be so bad after all. Finally, I think I am a bad reader (especially if I call myself a lover of classics) if the only Austen I’ve read is Pride and Prejudice.
Kelly mentioned her love for The Secret Garden, and I am so excited to finally read it. I love the musical (I have actually never seen it, but my CD of the soundtrack is worn thin, and I own the sheet music, and I want to be in it, etc.), and I know I saw a movie adaptation when I was little. I picked up a really nice hardcover of The Secret Garden a while back, and I’m going to read that next. In fact, I wanted to share a few pictures of this pretty, pretty book.
I’ll start reading it tonight. I can’t wait to get immersed into the world of Mary, Dickon, and Colin. Oh, and in a shout-out to Tori, who never seems to blog anymore… “She has her eyes/She has my Lily’s hazel eyes!”