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Should we feel guilty about not reading classics? Bookish Thoughts

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There are essentially literary cliques--the kind of people who almost exclusively read YA, those who love thrillers, who love entering fantasy worlds, and those who love classics (among many others). But there is also a stigma in the literary world for those of us who haven't read the classics. But should we be ashamed of not reading A Tale of Two Cities or Pride and Prejudice, or are literary snobs making us feel unnecessarily guilty?

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jane Austen, classic books, literary snob, persuasion, north anger abbey, pride and prejudice, sense and sensibility, toronto blogger, book blogger

jane Austen, classic books, literary snob, persuasion, north anger abbey, pride and prejudice, sense and sensibility, toronto blogger, book blogger

jane Austen, classic books, literary snob, persuasion, north anger abbey, pride and prejudice, sense and sensibility, toronto blogger, book blogger

I read The Great Gatsby and Breakfast at Tiffany's a few years ago, and I'll admit I didn't love them. The language was difficult to relate to, as were the settings and characters. I gave up on reading classics for a while until I challenged myself to read some Jane Austen this summer. Needless to say, it didn't go well.

I first attempted to read Sense and Sensibility and only made it about 150 pages in before I DNF'ed it. I read a few other books in between then started Northanger Abbey. While I enjoyed the first bit that I read, I wasn't pulled back to it the way I was with In a dark, dark wood (which I was also reading at the time).

But my little-failed endeavour made me question why we force ourself to read books if we're not enjoying them. I wanted to challenge myself and say that I had read a Jane Austen, something that I thought I could brag about, but I also recognized that I wasn't interested in the story, and found my mind drifting.

I still want to finish at least one Jane Austen, but not for the reason that I originally wanted too--I want to prove to myself that I can do it, but I don't need to read it to prove to anyone else that I have.

Have you ever attempted to read a book because you felt obligated to?

xoxo K