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Traveling the Classics | An Introduction to the Series

Traveling the Classics | An Introduction to the Series
Jeremy Anderberg

First of all, I’m all about series on blogs. Can’t get enough of ‘em. Can you? Didn’t think so. Second of all, I love books. Like a lot. So, why not combine one and two and find a series about books that can be continued basically until forever. Huzzah!

My education failed me. Or perhaps it was me that failed me. Either way, in high school I didn’t get nearly enough classic literature into my system. Sure, I was assigned things to read, but being my rebellious high school self, I often didn’t even take the book from the classroom. This, even though my love of reading goes all the way back to my elementary school days. Odd, huh? I thought so too, once I finally started thinking about it.

So, I made a concerted effort last December to read more classics. Ideally, it will be roughly one a month. Currently, I have a good list of 100 to go off, so I’ll be busy for roughly the next eight years.

Now, what defines a classic? Great question. I’ve slogged through dozens of Top 100 lists, Books Everyone Has To Read lists, etc., and have amassed a sizable number of books to work through. Don’t worry, I don’t think there will be much doubt that the books I choose to feature in this series are considered the best of the best from among multiple sources.

And why did I choose “traveling” to be in the title? Another great question! Man, you readers are sure full of great questions today. Traveling is often a journey. It’s an experience. You plan and plan (I plan to read a lot of classics…) and inevitably you learn something totally unexpected. I can verify this in both my travels and my reading of classics thus far. At the end of a good sojourn, you are often a new person with new experiences and you have a new bank of life knowledge to pull from. See the connection now? Every book I read is like an adventure for my mind. And I love every minute of it.

Coming up in the next few months you’ll see posts about The Great Gatsby, Don Quixote, To Kill A Mockingbird, Catch-22, and more. The posts in this series won’t be mere book reviews, as that’s been done hundreds of times with these titles. It will be more about my journey through them. What did I learn? What was unexpected? Why has this book been chosen to be among the greats? Think of it as a meta-review as to how this book has fit into the larger human story. Which also fits in beautifully with what we’re trying to do here at Thought Circus.

I know I will enjoy this series, and hopefully you will too.

-JA

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