2018 for me is a year of exploring, a year of not being stuck in one genre, a year to learn and a year to grow. And a year to try and read a bit more classics. So here are some that Definitely want to get to in 2018.
1. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
I've already started on this one and I am really liking it. One of my other goals was to read at least a book by each of the Bronte sisters, and Anne is the last one, I've already read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.
At age 19 Anne Brontë left home and worked as a governess for a few years before becoming a writer. Agnes Grey was an 1847 novel based on her experience as a governess. Bronte depicts the precarious position of a governess and how that can affect a young woman. Agnes was the daughter of a minister whose family was in financial difficulty. She has only a few choices for employment. Agnes experiences the difficulty of reining in spoiled children and how wealth can corrupt morals.
2. Picture of dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
This has been on my TBR foray too long, it's about time I stop postponing it and just read this. I do have very high expectations for it.
Horror hides behind an attractive face in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde's tale of a notorious Victorian libertine and his life of evil excesses. Though Dorian's hedonistic indulgences leave no blemish on his ageless features, the painted portrait imbued with his soul proves a living catalogue of corruption, revealing in its every new line and lesion the manifold sins he has committed. Desperate to hide the physical evidence of his unregenerate spirit, Dorian will stop at nothing--not even murder--to keep his picture's existence a secret.
3. Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
I feel as if I'm the only one who hasn't rad this yet.
In seventeenth-century Boston, Hester Prynne shoulders the scorn of her fellow Puritan townsfolk for bearing a child out of wedlock. For her refusal to name the father of her daughter Pearl, Hester is made to wear a scarlet "A" stitched conspicuously upon her dress. But though she bears the stigma of the shame her peers would confer upon her, others feel the guilt for her transgression more acutely—notably the pious Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, the confessor with whom Hester and Pearl's destinies are intimately bound up.
First published in 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne's historical study of guilt and sin has since been lauded as the most important work of fiction by its distinguished author, and a landmark of American literature.
4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I will be honest, the first time this book fell on my radar was when I watched Friends and Rachel said that this is the only book she read more than once. So, obviously I wanted to read the classic for myself as well. I have also scored a very nice hardcover version of the book in a thrift store - and while it does look pretty as a decor piece, I do need to read it eventually as well.
Generations of readers young and old, male and female, have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott’s most popular and enduring novel, Little Women. Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.
5. Villette by Charlotte Bronte
If I manage to stick to the schedule this would be my 3rd Bronte book in one year. I am really curious about this one, it being the last book of Charlotte ever. By this point Charlotte must have been very lonely, as she was the only living sibling left, so I cannot wait to see the emotional impact of this novel.
With her final novel, Villette, Charlotte Brontë reached the height of her artistic power. First published in 1853, Villette is Brontë's most accomplished and deeply felt work, eclipsing even Jane Eyre in critical acclaim. Her narrator, the autobiographical Lucy Snowe, flees England and a tragic past to become an instructor in a French boarding school in the town of Villette. There, she unexpectedly her feelings of love and longing as she witnesses the fitful romance between Dr. John, a handsome young Englishman, and Gineva Fanshawe, a beautiful coquette. The first pain brings others, and with them comes the heartache Lucy has tried so long to escape. Yet in spite of adversity and disappointment, Lucy Snowe survives to recount the unstinting vision of a turbulent life's journey - a journey that is one of the most insightful fictional studies of a woman's consciousness in English literature.
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