My gosh, I can't believe how good it really is. I read it for most of the day yesterday.
And in the back of this book I am reading now, it has three lists. One, a list of Amercan Literature books. The other is British Literature. World Literature. And Anthologies.
The lists aren't to long. But instead of writing them in one post. I'm going to break it up over the next few posts for labeling reasons. I have to admit that I have not read to many of these classic stories, but I sure would like to. I'm on a mission. Some I think my son will enjoy, like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I think that it is important for a parent to read to their children. So why not throw some literature in the mix sometimes. I want my son to grow up and reread the ones he has heard before as a child and the ones he was to young to read at the time. But I want my son to remember that his Mom read him a few of those classic stories. Did he understand The Adventures of Alice and Wonderland? I don't know. Did I? I would like to go back and reread it sometime. It is different when your reading it out loud to another instead of reading it to yourself. Plus, you can pick up on somethings the second time around. That is what's so neat about reading literature. You can keep going back to read these classics again and again in your life time. These are the books you can keep forever on your bookshelf.
I have to say, that I like the classic books best at Barnes & Noble better than at Borders. The Borders books are slightly cheaper but the Barnes and Noble Classic Literature books are for one hard cover, which I like. It will stay nice for years to come. A lot of these books are for under $10, even though they come in hard cover. Which is really nice. Also in the Barnes and Noble ones, you get a long introduction to the story as well, which you do not in the Border books. At the back of the Border classic literature books, is where I found the lists of different literature.
So here goes the British Literature list. How many have you read from this list?
Emma- Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility- Jane Austen
Peter Pan- J.M. Barrie
Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights- Emily Bronte
Alice in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll
Robinson Crusoe- Daniel Defoe
A Christmas Carol and Other Holiday Tales- Charles Dickens
Great Expectations- Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities- Charles Dickens
A Passage to India- E.M. Forster
The Sonnets and Other Love Poems- William Shakespeare
Three Romantic Tragedies- William Shakespeare
Frankenstein- Mary Shelley
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Strange Tales- Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure Island- Robert Louis Stevenson
Dracula- Bram Stoker
Gulliver's Travel- Jonathan Swift
The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds- H.G. Wells
The Picture of Dorian Gray- Oscar Wilde
Thats the end of that list. I have heard of these stories but have not read very many. So I definitely got some British reading to do! I hope I've inspired you today to pick up one of these British Literature books.