i am a book junkie. i've tried over the years to pare down my book collection, but it's hard for me to let go of all those words and thoughts and stories...the tangible evidence of brilliance or lack thereof. and though i've been able to let go of many of my books, i have the hardest time getting rid of classics, even those i haven't read. especially those i haven't read because i always think "some day."
since we're packing up the house for our move, i haven't taken the time to buy any new books or check anything out from the library. but i desperately need time to read and decompress right now. so i needed something! going to my shelves, i noticed all the classics begging me to finally give them a chance. i grabbed o pioneers! by willa cather, took a deep breath, and dove in.
what keeps me from reading classics more frequently? i think there's a fear of finding the language too complicated, the story too laborious for modern times, and feeling like a failure because i can't muddle through what society has deemed brilliant.
i was pleasantly surprised and relieved to find o pioneers! not only easy to read but very enjoyable as well. it was slow and peaceful, but still a page-turner. the language was simple and straight-forward for the most part but interspersed with moments of beautiful poetry that struck the heart. perhaps i'll share some of these moments with you some time, or perhaps i'll keep them to myself!
in any case, i'd recommend the book, and i'll always remember it fondly and go back to reread the earmarked pages when i need some brilliant beauty in my life.