I’m on a quest to read some of the most popular literary classics before I die.
It’s a bit tricky, because between my blogging interests, fitness, shopping, cooking, and being a mum… um, I don’t really have much time to fit it in.
But just like exercise, if I want it done, I have to schedule it in and just do it.
I borrowed these utterly magical editions from my father-in-law. He has a whole WALL of leather bound editions, in immaculate, drop-dead-amazing condition, that make me squirm with envy.
I asked if I could borrow a few books to photograph and I picked out some titles I have read and want to read –
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (read)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (read)
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (read)
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (want to read)
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (want to read)
I recently read Anna Karenina (my own copy, not this edition) and absolutely loved the language, the depth of characters, the immersion into 19th Century Russian society.
It was like Pride and Prejudice, but deeper, less-girly, with more drama and tragedy.
I wasn’t too crazy about Anna’s character though (I wanted to slap her! Get a grip woman!) but Tolstoy’s writing was just delightful and marvellous. His characters were amazing!
I was rather thrilled (more like, moved to silence) while pawing through this edition.
Either I really like books, or there’s something universally appealing of an old, beautifully bound book in perfect condition.
As I mentioned, I didn’t read this edition, but perhaps I should have. It would added a bit more magic to my reading.
Next up, I’m reading Great Expectations (my own copy, as I’m a bit too scared I might ruin my father in law’s copy!)
Check out my reading list on Goodreads.