Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Blog Intro!

Hello friends! To those who don't know me I am Kirsta, I do have another blog that isn't super active so if you want to get to know me a little more I would suggest checking that out. And to those who already know me... Yes, I am starting another blog.

The reason I am starting this blog is BECAUSE my other blog isn't very active, I NEVER write in it. I desperately want to become a blogger so I was thinking to myself "Self, why don't you ever write in your blog?" and after some thought I realized it was because my other blog wasn't about anything and then the thought hit me "who wants to read a blog about nothing?!" and then I thought "NO ONE" then I thought "Crap..." So I was left with another dilemma: if I wanted to be a blogger then I needed to find something I was passionate enough to blog about!"  So that took a good few minutes of thought and then it came to me. BOOKS!! 
I love reading and recently I have been on a American classics list that I have been trying to get through because I have a very strong opinion that the classics have some very important lessons that have been lost in today's world of literature, also I consider them to be works of art, all are beautifully written in a language that is no longer used and the authors back then had such a way of describing things that it painted the most beautiful picture in your mind, a talent I also feel has been majorly lost now.

So because of the passion I have for the wonderful classics I decided to blog about my journey through them! I have read quite a few already and I want to write my feelings and impression on the books and get your (wonderful friends) feelings on them as well! This way I will actually have a good reason to finish these books because I will have an obligation to you all to read them so we can talk about them!
So really this is a big ploy to get you guys to help me read my book and accomplish this goal that I have had for like 2 years now ha!

So there is a list involved (created by our lovely Wikipedia) of 100 books I feel should be read by everyone to be considered "well read" I'll post the list below and the ones that have been crossed through I have already read and the first few posts will be about those books.
LIST!

Title                                                                        Author

  1. Wuthering Heights                                         Emily Brontë
  2. White Fang                                                 Jack London
  3. Waverley                                                         Sir Walter Scott
  4. War and Peace                                                 Leo Tolstoy
  5. Walden                                                         Henry David Thoreau
  6. Vanity Fair                                                 William Makepeace Thackeray
  7. Utopia                                                         Thomas More
  8. Uncle Tom's Cabin                                        Harriet Beecher Stowe
  9. Through the Looking-Glass                        Lewis Carroll
  10. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz                        L. Frank Baum
  11. The Woman in White                                   Wilkie Collins
  12. The Turn of the Screw                                  Henry James
  13. The Time Machine                                          H.G. Wells
  14. The Tempest                                                  William Shakespeare
  15. The Taming of the Shrew                                 William Shakespeare
  16. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
  17. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Washington Irving
  18. The Secret Garden                                         Frances Hodgson Burnett
  19. The Scarlet Letter                                          Nathaniel Hawthorne
  20. The Red Badge of Courage                          Stephen Crane
  21. The Prisoner of Zenda                                  Anthony Hope
  22. The Princess and the Goblin                          George MacDonald
  23. The Princess and Curdie                                  George MacDonald
  24. The Prince                                                  Niccolò Machiavelli
  25. The Picture of Dorian Gray                         Oscar Wilde
  26. The Phantom of the Opera                          Gaston Leroux
  27. The Odyssey                                                  Homer
  28. The Napoleon of Notting Hill                          G.K. Chesterton
  29. The Moonstone                                          Wilkie Collins
  30. The Man Who Would Be King                         Rudyard Kipling
  31. The Man Who Was Thursday                        G.K. Chesterton
  32. The Man in the Iron Mask                               Alexandre Dumas
  33. The Last of the Mohicans                                James Fenimore Cooper
  34. The Jungle Book                                         Rudyard Kipling
  35. The Importance of Being Earnest                Oscar Wilde
  36. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame               Victor Hugo
  37. The Hound of the Baskervilles                       Arthur Conan Doyle
  38. The Four Million                                       O. Henry
  39. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders Daniel Defoe
  40. The Diary of a Nobody                               George Grossmith and Weedon Grossmith
  41. The Deerslayer                                               James Fenimore Cooper
  42. The Count of Monte Cristo                        Alexandre Dumas
  43. The Call of the Wild                                       Jack London
  44. The Brothers Karamazov                               Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  45. The Awakening                                               Kate Chopin
  46. The Aspern Papers                                       Henry James
  47. The Age of Innocence                               Edith Wharton
  48. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer               Mark Twain
  49. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes         Arthur Conan Doyle
  50. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn               Mark Twain
  51. Tess of the D'Urbervilles                              Thomas Hardy
  52. Tanglewood Tales for Girls and Boys       Nathaniel Hawthorne
  53. Tales of Mystery & Imagination                      Edgar Allan Poe
  54. Tales from the Arabian Nights                      Richard Francis Burton
  55. Silas Marner                                              George Eliot
  56. Sense and Sensibility                                     Jane Austen
  57. Romeo and Juliet                                     William Shakespeare
  58. Robinson Crusoe                                      Daniel Defoe
  59. Rights of Man                                             Thomas Paine
  60. Pride and Prejudice                                     Jane Austen
  61. Othello, The Moor of Venice                     William Shakespeare
  62. Oliver Twist                                              Charles Dickens
  63. Moby Dick                                             Herman Melville
  64. Middlemarch                                              George Eliot
  65. MacBeth                                                      William Shakespeare
  66. Lorna Doone                                             R. D. Blackmore
  67. Lord Jim                                                     Joseph Conrad
  68. Little Women                                              Louisa May Alcott
  69. Little Lord Fauntleroy                              Frances Hodgson Burnett
  70. Les Misérables                                              Victor Hugo
  71. King Solomon's Mines                              Henry Rider Haggard
  72. King Lear                                                      William Shakespeare
  73. Kim                                                              Rudyard Kipling
  74. Kidnapped                                              Robert Louis Stevenson
  75. Journey to the Center of the Earth               Jules Verne
  76. Jane Eyre                                                       Charlotte Brontë
  77. Ivanhoe                                                        Sir Walter Scott
  78. Heart of Darkness                                        Joseph Conrad
  79. Hamlet                                                        William Shakespeare
  80. Gulliver's Travels                                       Jonathan Swift
  81. Great Expectations                                       Charles Dickens
  82. Frankenstein                                               Mary Shelley
  83. Far from the Madding Crowd                       Thomas Hardy
  84. Emma                                                       Jane Austen
  85. Dracula                                                        Bram Stoker
  86. Don Quixote of La Mancha                        Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  87. David Copperfield                                        Charles Dickens
  88. Crime and Punishment                                Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  89. Bleak House                                                Charles Dickens
  90. Black Beauty                                                 Anna Sewell
  91. Barchester Towers                                         Anthony Trollope
  92. Anna Karenina                                                 Leo Tolstoy
  93. Allan Quatermain                                         Henry Rider Haggard
  94. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland                  Lewis Carroll
  95. A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys           Nathaniel Hawthorne
  96. A Tale of Two Cities                                         Charles Dickens
  97. A Midsummer Night's Dream                        William Shakespeare
  98. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Mark Twain
  99. A Christmas Carol                                        Charles Dickens
  100. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea                        Jules Verne

So there is the mighty list! As you can seen I have read very few and I am hoping that starting this blog will light a fire under me to start the rest! The first few posts I make will be about the books I have already read and then I will start to read "Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo. 

I wont be reading these in order, more like which books I can acquire first so you gotta read my blog to know which book I am on next! I hope this gets us reading and discusing these wonderful works of art!

Well until next time.. 
Keep reading!

Kirsta.