About Me

I am a wife and mom who has Martha Stewart aspirations and gets stuff done with the grace of Lucille Ball. I would love you to join me on my journey and maybe have some laughs along the way.

Follow this blog with bloglovin

Follow on Bloglovin

Let's Get Together!

The Hot Mess Life

May 04, 2010

Revisiting the Classics

I don't know why every summer I get in the mood to start re-reading the classics.  Maybe, it's the weather, and when it gets so hot that you sweat when you walk to the kitchen to get a glass of water.  So, I have made a resolution to familiarize myself with the classics again this summer.  I know, I know, summer is a few months away, but I figure I would start compiling my list now, so I will be prepared for the lazy dog days of summer that will surely rear its head in the Midwest. 
Now, I am really excited, I can just picture sitting in my house or outside with the wind or fan going and sipping on a cool drink and revisiting my old friends, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and Louisa May Alcott. Maybe I will throw in some serious reading too, but summer isn't really a time for seriousness. 
Not only am I going to read but I am going to explore.  Why not?  When did summer loose all it's fun?  It's been a while since I have actually had some summer fun.  Maybe it's because I don't get 2 months off from work during the summer ( although I am totally for that, if anyone out there is willing to start a the process to enact that into law).  I figure, it's time to find that old time fashion summer fun again.  You know what I mean, all the bbq's, days laying out by the pool, and visiting/seeing family and friends.  I am getting all giddy just writing about it!
Now, getting back to books, I don't want to get too ambitious, so I am not going to give myself a set number to read.  I figure I will compile a list of books and keep adding when I think if a new one, and you know, If I don't get to them, then I just read them next summer.  I am also not going to purchase them, but go to the library!  Yes my friends, remember the library?  An awesome way to read books if you are on a budget, and remember the way library books smell, mmm, that musty book smell to let you know countless others have enjoyed the writings of an author.  Don't get me wrong, going to a bookstore is fun as well, but I don't know what it is about going to the library that is just so much fun.  Maybe, because I used to do that when I was younger, during the summer walk to the library and just be there for a few hours. 
I was inspired by my friend Megan (who by the way has an awesome blog you need to check out here) who wrote a blog about summer road trips.  So that got me thinking about my summer favorites and reading was the obvious choice.  So, I implore all the readers, and even non readers, to pick up the classics or find some new classics that you will enjoy reading again and again.  
Here is my list so far, and let me stress, I will be adding more as summer nears, but feel free to suggest some of your favorites. 

Wuthering Heights - Charlotte Bronte
Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Persuasion - Jane Austen
Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackery
Little Women, Little Men, Jo's Boys - Louisa May Alcott

Happy Reading!!!

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]


  1. Thanks for the great post. Everywhere I go lately, I see Jane Austen books pop up either referenced in a movie or on a tv show or infomercials telling me to read jane austen...i think it's time! lol
    Your blog has now persuaded me to read persuasion he he seriously, i have it sitting here and i am starting on it tomorrow.
    I know you are new at this, I found you through the 30's network. So one little thing that might help you out...it's a little tough to read what you write on account of the vertical stripes and light lettering...just thought i would throw that out there for ya. you do have a lovely site and i look forward to reading more from you. i am adding you as a friend friend
    thanks for writing

  2. I feel a trip to the library coming on. Thanks for the inspiration..Holly

  3. gawwwwsh it's been too long since i picked up a real book =) thanks for the inspiration!! I am looking forward to following your blog, came over from the post on Studio 30 =) PS- I agree with Naked Writer about the white words on the stripes

  4. I really need to make a summer reading list. But the thing with lists is it makes me NOT want to do what's on the list;) Does that make sense?

  5. Thanks for the tips! I wasn't sure about the green background with the stripes. Let me know what you think about the new one. :)
    Farmgirl, I totally understand ;)


Watcha Thinkin'?