Reading List – May 2021

May has become my “hardcore classics month,” and this year I’ve got some doozies for you.

A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickinson

Charles Dickinson is pretty famous, and I can dig him. I enjoyed Great Expectations, and A Christmas Carol is of course a good annual read (also, I played Scrooge once while in school!). I have no idea what A Tale of Two Cities is supposed to be about, but that’s why we’re here: to read old books and realize what kinds of mistakes life is made of.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I’ve never been a fan of Sherlock Holmes in any shape, form, or media. Even the Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock didn’t do it for me. I didn’t like the Robert Downey Jr. version, and I didn’t even like it when Data played Sherlock Holmes in Star Trek. I also know I don’t like another of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works, The Lost World. So why am I doing this?

Two reasons: for that stupid “100 Books to Read Before You Die” (I’m not even sure what year my list is – is it 2018? 2019?) and because I like to give authors two chances. I’m almost certain I’ll hate this one, but it’s shorter than the others on this list and by god that’s going to be necessary as I prep for this month. I’ll go ahead and reveal that I had to start WAY early on reading this stuff.

Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Last year, I read The Count of Monte Cristo and thought it was really good – unexpectedly good. This book, for whatever reason, gets associated with The Count of Monte Cristo in my mind a lot, even if that’s stupid. As a result, I decided to give this one a shot with great hopes.

Also, my mom hates this story. She refuses to tell me why, so I do fear that it’ll get a bit too erotic for my typical tastes. That’s just the way my mom operates, though – one penis, and it’s curtains. Tears for days with her. We’ll see.

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

One of my favorite books from 2020 was Gone With the Wind. The printing of Gone With the Wind I borrowed from my library included a forward from someone (Pat Conroy, maybe? I don’t know for sure). In this foreword, Anna Karenina was mentioned as an earlier work with an unlikeable, female protagonist that works. 

After finishing Gone With the Wind, I was like, “By God, Scarlett was one of the best-conceived characters I have ever read.” And, if Anna Karenina has some similar traits, I want to know. I want to see if Margaret Mitchell has a stranglehold on cold-hearted bitch.

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23 thoughts on “Reading List – May 2021

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      I admit one of my secrets is I start reading my heavy months way ahead of time. I read quicker books alongside them, so it can seem like I’m blasting through on some months.

      • trentpmcd says:

        lol, that’s one way. I read a lot of the classics a few years ago and can’t see takign that much time again… so this year I am reading Dickens’ Little Dorrit, which is the size of 4 normal books. And so far, I have read 4 normal books since I have started (OK, 3 were Sue Vincent’s books, which are short) and am still less than a third of the way through…

      • H.R.R. Gorman says:

        Dickens (gosh, I see that I wrote “Dickenson” in my post) can be a pain to read, yeah. I think my main problem with him is he has great beginnings and setups, then flounders around doing nothing until (probably) his publishers told him to finish or else. Then his endings come out interesting, but good Lord. That middle part,which is usually about 2/3-3/4 the book, is such a pain to read.

      • trentpmcd says:

        The joke is that he was paid by the word… and for Little Dorrit, he wrote it as a serial, so perhaps he really did get paid by the word 😉

  1. Pink Roses says:

    I’ve read most of those classics you mention there. If you’re reading Dickens, may I recommend David Copperfield? It’s my favourite. I hope you love Anna Karenina as much as I did. The opening lines are unforgettable, and often quoted.

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      I’ve not read David Copperfield yet – I don’t really have a clear plan for what order to read Dickens in, so maybe I’ll do that after Oliver Twist!

      (And yeah, I finished all these books long before this month because of how I actually plan these posts ahead of time. I’ll not spoil my thoughts on Anna Karenina unless you want me to.)

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