Going Classic: Failure to Launch

Posted November 28, 2012 by Whitney in Blogging / 6 Comments

So at the beginning of the year I decided to switch this blog to strictly classic literature, and like any new year’s resolution I failed miserably.  Of course as soon as I made the decision I saw all the great books that were coming out that year and I sat there salivating.  I found it stunted my reading.  I’d look at the new releases i.e. Tana French’s new book, but then I’d think to myself, “but I can’t review it on my blog because its not a classic, and then I slog my way through Doctor Zhivago.  I couldn’t take it anymore, I set aside Russian literature and picked up The Hunger Games instead.  I still love the classics and plan on having an emphasis on them but I will not devote the blog to them, it is too restrictive.  Besides, I did join The Classic Club this year, a group of readers working their way through 50+ classics (of which I have already removed Doctor Zhivago).  I’ll get my fill that way.  I still adore the classics and will make sure they take a recurring role here but they will not always play center stage.

To quote Shakespeare “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.”


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6 responses to “Going Classic: Failure to Launch

  1. It's absolutely understandable. Usually, no sooner does one make a resolution than one is sorely tempted to break it. I've tried too, and it hasn't worked. Besides, it's always good to be well rounded with one's reading, no? 😀

  2. I love to read the Classics as well but find I do get burned out if I read too much of them. I like to mix it up with lots of genres so I do not get bored with what I am reading.

  3. Haha, glad to know it's not just me – by now I really should HEAR the alarm bells ringing as soon as I make any kind of reading resolution! That said, I'm aiming to go the OTHER way with my reading from now on; I haven't been reading anywhere near enough classics, even though I love 'em. May we both find a happy medium in 2013! 🙂

  4. I love reading classics, but I will never limit my blog to that. I'm one of the Classics Club moderators, but there are too many other genres I enjoy and I think limitign myself would make reading classics feel like a chore instead of a joy.

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