Hello, book lovers! 💕
I recently finished reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and I’m not really sure how I’d review it, so I decided to just discuss what I like and dislike about classics. And why I’m trying to read more of them. Since that’s something that I just started doing in the past few months or so.
I never used to enjoy reading classics, mainly because I was forced to read them in high school, which made reading feel like a chore and something that was mandatory (which it kind of was). And I also always felt like they were kind of boring and slow to get through. So I would always turn my nose to them whenever someone would ask if I’ve read one.
But now that I’m not in school anymore, I don’t have to worry about reading them on a schedule or anything, I’ve becoming more and more interested in reading classics, just to see what the hype is surrounding them. Within the last few months, I’ve been trying to read more classics on my own time. Ones that I know I’d be interested in reading. Ones that are pretty short and wouldn’t take me that long to get through.
In this case, I’m mainly talking about dystopian classics since those have been the ones that I’ve been reading. Like 1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell. And Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I haven’t gotten around to reading other classics yet. But I definitely want to in the near future.
The main reason for my sudden interest in them is because some of the ones that I’ve been reading have been pretty relevant to today’s society, even if they were written almost 100 years ago (more or less). It’s crazy to think that there were writers back then creating dystopian worlds that are kind of similar to our own now. Like how in Brave New World, there are babies being made in labs. And while reproduction in the traditional sense isn’t obsolete like it is in the book, we have the technology to fertilize embryos in labs that could be transferred into a mother (in vitro fertilization).
Or in the case of 1984, there are similarities with the idea that “Big Brother is Watching You.” The media and everything surrounding it is connected and watching. Phone calls, FaceTime, messages all might be being monitored by the government. It’s kind of scary to think about, and that’s probably why most people don’t question what’s going on. They just kind of accept it.
Anyway, I’ve actually been enjoying the classics that I’ve been reading lately. It might have something to do with the fact that I’ve been listening to them on audiobook. And the narrators made the stories feel a bit more alive than if I had just read the physical books. Plus the audiobooks are typically pretty short, so I don’t have much trouble getting through them.
So there you have it. Those are my thoughts on classics, and why I’m starting to enjoy them a little bit more as I get older.
What classics have you read lately? Do you have any you’d recommend that I read? I’d love to chat about them in the comments below!
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