And the story begins on New Year's Eve. The year 2016 has come to a close. Amongst all the parities, bottles of champagne, and fun times that come with ringing in a New Year, reflecting on the good and the bad are something I try and do (and I'm sure many others do as well).
I'm sure I say it every year, but I'm not much of a New Year's resolution maker. I don't necessarily see the point of trying to start fresh in the New Year when we can try all year to cycle through new things we want to try. Maybe it'll change as I get older. Either way, I never know what to try and make as a resolution. So this year I thought I would set myself a goal, but not necessarily one to be completed by the end of the year.
I know, I can hear you saying: "How is this not a resolution?" I'm not calling it a resolution because I already know I won't complete it within the course of 2017. Since I started Masters school four months ago and may be going onto higher education again next year, I know my free time is seriously lacking. Though I love reading (for school or otherwise) and I'm sure if you've been reading my blog for a long time, you know how important I find writing and books, I don't get to read as much as I'd like.
For a long time, I have a running list of classic novels I have been dying to read. Classic novels are kind of my thing. Not sure why. I think I tend to like the amount of discussion that revolves around them. Plus, all my favourite books happen to be classics. Go figure! So I'm putting them all down in a big list to "To Reads."
I'm sure I'm missing some. I'll keep you updated on how I do all year so don't be surprised if you see this list appear again. Do you like classic novels? Which ones have you read or do you have any you want to read?
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevesky
- The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- The Divine Comedy by Dante
- The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
- The Complete Collection of the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
- Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes
- The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
- All Quiet on the Western Front by Eric Remarque
- The Corsican Brothers by Alexander Dumas
- The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
I hope that you continue to stick with me throughout the New Year. Novellette is going to be three years old this year. I can't believe it! It seems like not very long ago I was entering the blogging world and meeting some great people along the way. Throughout the year, I really want to try and integrate blogging back into my daily routine because I've missed it quite a bit. I won't promise a schedule now because I have quite a lot on my plate at the moment. I know, I know, everyone's busy, but I promise I'm doing my best as always :)
Wherever you are, and whatever you're doing, I hope you have a wonderful New Year's Eve and may the next year bring you happiness, adventure, and peace.