A book that is shut is but a block.  ~Thomas Fullerphoto © 2010 Kate Ter Haar | more info (via: Wylio)


When I turned 32 last month, I briefly considered making a list of 35 things I want to do before I turn 35. But then I realized that’s only three years away. (Yes, math has always been my strong suit. Thanks for noticing.)

And because I know how fast my first three years as a mom have gone, I imagine I might be just a TINY bit busy for the next 36 months. So, I decided to be a little more realistic, while still pursuing some challenging goals. The first one? Read more classic books.

Specifically, I decided to read 35 classic books before I turn 35. That’s roughly one book a month – and totally doable. The only question that remains is which 35 books?

I’m starting with Pride and Prejudice (to be followed quickly with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which I’ve heard is actually quite good). So far – about 10 chapters in – I’m not loving it. Please, don’t throw things at me! I’m sure I’ll get more into it. Right?

(I’m actually really bummed that I don’t love the book so far. I don’t mind this period, and the dialect and old-fashioned writing style don’t bother me. And it IS quite funny. But these people are pretty annoying so far!)

When I discussed my lack of classical reading last summer, you all had some great ideas for what I should put on my to-read list. Unfortunately, that post is one whose comments were eaten during my switch to WordPress. So, would you mind helping me out by suggesting the best – or your favorite – classic books to read?

What books should I put on my list? I’ll compile a list of 35, based on my research and your suggestions, and post it here in a couple weeks.

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