In an attempt to become a more interesting and well-rounded person, I’ve decided to start reading proper books again.
I used to read a lot, and I used to read good, serious books (including such titles as Great Expectations, Jane Eyre, A Suitable Boy, Little Women, To Kill a Mockingbird, Love in a Cold Climate and, probably unwisely, The Handmaid’s Tale, when I was only 11), but lately I seemed to have taken a bit of an easy road and gone for a slightly less highbrow genre of literature – mostly just a whole bunch of crime novels, each with a significant amount of gratuitous violence to offer up.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with that (except, possibly the gratuitous violence part), because they’re fun, and I enjoy them. But I used to enjoy the other stuff too – with the added benefit of a much fuller vocabulary.
So, with that in mind I’ve decided to start reading some good books. First on the list – and begun today, whilst waiting for a meeting to begin – is Tess of the d’Urbevilles by Thomas Hardy. Also on my planned list are The Pilgrim’s Progress, Les Miserables, and The Count of Monte Cristo.
My question is this: what would you recommend that I add to the list? Or what would you urge me to avoid at all costs?
Thank you in advance for your kind assistance.
In summary: getting culture and stuff. Maybe.