Have you read Grapes of Wrath? Of Mice and Men? 1984, Moby Dick, Animal Farm, Little Women, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, A Tale of Two Cities, Fahrenheit 451, The Scarlet Letter, Heart of Darkness, Frankenstein, Brave New World, and/or Catch 22? How about Anna Karenina or Jane Eyre? Or maybe To Kill a Mockingbird or Where the Red Fern Grows?
Have you read the classics, the essentials that everyone and their mother says you HAVE to read?
I haven’t. Well, I’ve read a few (I can count those few on my ten fingers), but none that were named above.
And I’m an English major.
Should I feel inadequate as an English student? Should I be ashamed that I’ve not taken the time or the liberty to read these English essentials?
I’d actually really love to hear your thoughts on this. Should I begin reading as many classics as I can, or is it okay to just love the books that I pick up everyday – the books that are filled with magic and supernatural creatures, fantastical dystopias, and fictional heroes and heroines with awe-inspiring abilities – and just continue on my merry way?