Now that we’re home it’s the perfect time to escape with a good read and catch up on that to read pile. At first I approached this time of social distancing as reading books purely for enjoyment. I needed something that I could devour and something that I could escape into. However, now I’m looking at my to read pile a little bit differently, and while I still read mainly to escape I am also adding more classics into the mix that I always wanted to read but just never got around to.
Here are three classics that are in my reading lineup. You can find these reads through the Livingston Library’s subscription to Hoopla Digital.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
This title is part of the Hoopla Bonus Borrows collection, which means that it won’t be counting towards your monthly checkouts! I visited the outside of Hawthorne’s home once when I went on a vacation to Massachusetts. I would love to go back and the explore the inside of his home, but before I do so I wanted to read this novel. The Scarlett Letter is set in Puritan New England during the years of 1642 and 1649 and tells the story of Hester, who conceives a daughter through an affair.
Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
I love the Bronte sisters. Wuthering Heights is one of my go to favorite classic reads and Jane Eyre is a very close second. I never read anything by Anne Bronte, but since I adore the Emily and Charlotte, really want to. Agnes Grey is meant to be a piece of biographical fiction by Anne is about Agnes’ work as a governess in England.
Brave New World by Alduous Huxley
Back in my senior year of high school, we had divided our class into groups and each group was chosen to read a different classic. I was not chosen to read Brave New World, but hearing about it stuck with me, and it has since remained on my to read list. This read is a 20th century dystopian novel.
-Jessica, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian