Greetings! I am a huge fan of your blog. I would like to ask you for some literature recommendations. I am unfortunately running sparse on books to read. :( Anything classic, or poem books are what I am interested in. Thank you very much, and a good day to you. :)
Hello! First off - thanks, I’m so happy to hear that! Now on to business.
Alright, so I’m not sure what classics you’ve read - I assume you’ve come across some of the more well-known ones, but I still want to mention some greats like Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, etc.
I also always recommend:
- A Separate Peace by John Knowles
- Stoner by John Williams
- Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
- The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
- Blindness by Henry Green
- The Aspen Papers/The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Regarding poetry, I don’t read quite as much as I’d like, but I do recommend Howl and other poems by Allen Ginsberg and The Book of Nightmares by Galway Kinnell. I was also recently introduced to poet Kwame Dawes and I’ve very much enjoyed his poetry so far!
[Also, obligatory recommendations for picking up a book with some poetry from Sappho or any Ancient Greek/Roman poetry like Homer, Euripides, Hesiod, etc. OH and Virgil’s Aeneid is of course fantastic (and Ovid and Horace and Juvenal).]
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