Why put a classic novel or non-fiction book on your reading list? Which ones to choose? Will the experience be worth the time and effort?

Classics are often a robust read. They can replenish and restore a reader’s pleasure in reading. Sometimes, they enable the reader to rediscover real passion for reading. Often, one or another of the classics presents a challenge the reader can’t resist.

Here are the ones I expect to tackle this year. Please chime in with the classics on your upcoming list. And let’s check in about March, 2016 and see how we are doing. Hope you will remind me.

In no particular order:


To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Because it is a selection of two of my book clubs, so even though I read it a couple of years ago, I expect to give it another read.


Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Because I’ve been trying to get to a Dickens I haven’t read for the last few years, and people tell me this is the best. What do you think?


The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Because it is about books and reading. Because I’ve been meaning to read it for year. And I picked up a copy somewhere. I probably paid money, so it follows I’d better give it a go.


Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
My all time favorite! I owe my love of this Nobel Prize winning trilogy to my niece Rachel. Two years ago I bought a new paperback edition. I first read it quite some time ago and have always meant to reread. I love just looking at it, but I do want to read it.


Consider the Oyster by M.F.K. Fisher
Because, though I just heard about this book, I feel I must read it. The fame of the author and my love of oysters call me to this one. And, I want at least one food book and one non-fiction on the list.

I’m leaning toward opening Shadow of the Wind first. Do you have a suggestion?

3 thoughts on “WHAT CLASSICS ARE ON YOUR 2015-2016 READING LIST?

  1. Susan Carter

    I keep saying I need to read Kristin Labransdatter as I’ve never read it and it was my fathers (and he was not a reader) favorite book. One of these days!

  2. Barb Dean

    I’m going to read Gifts from the Sea, by Ann Morrow Lindbergh. I can’t recall how many times I’ve read it, but I treasure the peace it always brings me.

    1. Ginny Jorgensen

      Regarding Dickens’ “best”, I asked my husband, Jerry, who has read many more Dickens novels than I, and he placed Tale of Two Cities first and Great Expectations second with Little Dorrit a close third. I loved Tale of Two Cities and want to read more Dickens soon. Perhaps it will be Great Expectations.

      As for a food book, I read Hemmingway’s “A Moveable Feast” several years ago. It was his last book, published posthumously, and is a memoir about his years in Paris in the twenties and his associations with Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Beach, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, Scott Fitzgerald and Fitzgerald’s wife, Zelda, plus other writers and artists of the time. Through it all, he describes in detail everything he ate and drank. Obviously, he was a man who enjoyed food and libation. I find this book and that time in history fascinating.

      Thanks for mentioning Kristin Lavransdatter. I’ll add that to my “want to read” list.


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