Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Modern March

Guys! I'm very excited to tell you about a marvelous event that is happening in March!

Allie at A Literary Odyssey is hosting "A Modern March" event:

Fantastic button, eh?
In other words, throughout the month of March, I'll be focusing on Modernist literature. That's Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, T.S. Eliot, James Joyce...etc.

So I decided to jump on it right away, because a) ever since I learned to really enjoy Modern lit last year I've been a lot more interested to read more, b) learning to really enjoy Modern lit last year made me realize what a deficiency I have in that period, and c) I've been reading 19th-century stuff and will continue to be reading it for Celebrating Dickens in February so I'll probably be very ready to move to something different in March.

I've also been thinking that I need to revise my Classics Club list to include more Modern literature. It's chock-full of 19th-century books and even contemporary fiction (mainly the ones I know everyone reads in high school and I feel obligated to read at some point even though I know nothing about them) and practically skips over Modern lit. So over the next month, I'll be revising it to include some of the books I want to read for this event.

See you in March!

Books Read:
A Room With a View by E. M. Forster
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway


  1. I'm thinking I might read a modern or so too, though I won't be able to dedicate the whole month to it. I can't think about it until January is over though.

    What contemporary books would you say "everyone reads in high school"?

    1. I was thinking along the lines of Toni Morrison, Flowers for Algernon, Kurt Vonnegut, Barbara Kingsolver. (Whether anyone actually reads Vonnegut or Kingsolver for classes in high school, I don't know, but it seems that everyone has read them at some point during those years--these days at least.) Maybe some of them aren't considered contemporary, but that's the way I think of them, anyway.

    2. Sure, I see what you mean. I'm not sure everybody does either.

    3. Well yes, it was a reckless exaggeration. :)

  2. I'm in, too! I'll be reading Woolf, West, and T.S. Eliot. Looking forward to seeing what you decide. :)