Thursday, 17 June 2010

Blogging Through Thursday


Do you prefer reading current books? Or older ones? Or outright old ones? (As in, yes, there’s a difference between a book from 10 years ago and, say, Charles Dickens or Plato.) – Blogging Through Thursday

I have no preference and rarely look at when a book is published until afterwards. I admit I haven’t read as many pre twentieth century classics as I would like to. I have read some Dickens, some Dumas, some Gaskell and a Henry Fielding which is mid eighteenth century.

Looking through the books I read last year the vast majority were written in the last thirty to forty years. Actually that is shocking I really must make an effort to read more books from an earlier era. I own loads of course I just never get around to reading them. Or at least that’s what excuse I give – the reality is that I allow myself to be distracted rather then challenging myself to read something different.

In fact, I promised myself to read more classics this year but so far I have read only four. Well… maybe along reading Japanese literature I will also challenge myself to read more classics as well.

I have many classics waiting for me – from Dumas, to Fielding, Austen, Gaskell, Dickens, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky…

I keep an excel spreadsheet of all the books I have read and record information such as setting and genre along with read dates and days it took to complete. I have just added a year of publication column so I could see how old the books I read are.

It’s interesting being able to take a look at this kind of information and access my reading habits over a period of time. I can definitely see a gap in my reading I need to improve.


  1. I have a good bit of classics waiting for me on my shelves, as well. They're calling my name, but I just never seem to get to them! Poor things!

    P.S. LOVE LOVE LOVE the new background images. I'm a big fan of all things birds and owls! :)

  2. Thanks Jess - I have settled into liking my new design too! So hard to find something that suits.

  3. I just posted a review of a book that was published 5 years ago-that's my prerogative as a book blogger;) I also have some big classics on my summer reading list, as well as books I didn't get to last your new background!

  4. Thanks Bibliophiliac - My next review is for a book published heck... 15 years ago. I don't really read many books that have been recently released either.

  5. I just downloaded several classics onto my Kindle and hope to be able to read them this summer. I tend to love current, best sellers but I will read whatever interests me.

  6. Which ones did you download? I have loved most of the classics I've read but I get lazy about picking them up.

    I'd like to explore more modern classics too. Really enjoy Graham Greene.

  7. I love the idea of keeping a spreadsheet to record the books you have read. I would also like to read more classics, though they take longer to finish! :)



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