With the new year, I’m going to start making a big effort to read from my Classics List. I plan on adding a classic or two to my TBR stack every month, while still reading whatever new releases and backlist books speak to me at the time.
When I scanned my list, looking for the perfect read to kick off this project, I found myself stuck. How do I choose? What if the book I pick is a dud? What if I hate the experience so much it discourages me from continuing with this project?
Finally, after stressing and indecisively weighing my options, I chose a book I’ve already read and know I like. This is a safe choice. I know I’ll enjoy it, and I know I’ll feel satisfied after reading it, thereby encouraging my continued pursuit in this reading journey. I also chose a very short book. I think a few quick reads to get some books under my belt will build some momentum, make me feel accomplished early, and encourage further reading.
So the first book from my classics list I chose was….
Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau.
I took a class on Thoreau in undergrad and adore all of his writing. It’s been a number of years since I’ve read any Thoreau, though, and would love to see how my thoughts have changed as I’ve grown.
It is a really short read, so I’ll be finished quickly and plan on reporting back soon on my thoughts.