Reading this bad boy and LOVING IT. I'm enjoying it even more than A Room with a View and I hope that's ok. But Howards End...HOWARDS END !! (But real talk why isn't there an apostrophe?)
So we don't talk about classics much here, do we? A few reasons could be that 1) the Penguin editions speak for themselves 2) the YA industry is more lucrative 3) we've forgotten they exist.
HEY Y'ALL. I'm a classics lover. Did you know that? Unless you know me in person, that answer very well might be no. But I deeply value the classics and I read them before anything else. They were what made me fall in love with reading and they are what keep me in love with reading. Frankly, when I started bookstagram, I hadn't read that much YA, and I felt like I should read more of it so I could actually have discussions with everyone else. Last year I ended up reading 40 books...and only two of them were classics. That isn't an accurate representation of who I am as a reader and I want to change that.
Sure, I enjoy reading YA. I high-key adore it! I always jump to the genre I'm in a slump and I love the fast pace, complex plots, and cinematic feel it has. But it's not the only genre I want to be reading. There's not much long-term value in a young adult novel besides entertainment, which has a place but only in the short-term. But the classics? They have such rich language, historical significance, philosophy, beauty, and almost limitless depth. Classics are the books that stick with me, that get better with each reread, and that I learn the most from: as a reader, as a writer, and as a person. I'm so excited to be returning to my first love this year, even if I have to turn off the phone to stay focused. 🌚 ATTENTION SPAN WHY YOU BE LIKE THIS [continued in the comments]