Tuck into a Classic

by Craig B.

If you’re like me, you’ve suddenly found yourself with a lot of spare time on your hands. Without seeming too presumptuous, my fickle bandwidth indicates that you’re doing exactly what I’m doing: binge-watching television shows. I’m currently on Season 5 of Downton Abbey. As a member of that sliver of humanity that missed Downton Abbey the first time around, I’m trying to make amends.

But to my point. I was waiting for the next episode to load when it suddenly occurred to me…why not read a book? And not just a book…a classic? All I need is a Sno-Isle library card. OverDrive is rife with classics. And so I did. I’ve had a blast letting my TV rest while I visit some old literary friends. I’ve also wrestled once again with a few particularly unpleasant high school requirements. This time, though, it’s been on my terms. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the following titles!

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina, widely considered to be one of the greatest books ever written, is a truly mammoth epic about love, fidelity, feudalism, and where to get a decent bowl of cabbage soup. At an earlier stage in my life, I wanted to chide Tolstoy for devoting huge swaths of text to farmhands waxing poetic about agricultural scientific reforms; now, inexplicably, they’ve become my favorite parts of the book. I’m still waiting for the interpretive dance version of the novel, though. Oh, wait.


19 year old Mary Shelley was vacationing in Geneva with her bardic beau, Percy Bysshe Shelley, the famous author Lord Byron, his filial physician John Polidori, and Byron’s star-crossed devotee Claire Clairmont, when a violent thunderstorm forced the party to remain indoors for days. They began telling each other creepy tales and, as a bet, Lord Byron challenged the room to “each write a ghost story.” Mary’s contribution was the seed for her first novel and one the greatest gothic horror tales of all time, Frankenstein.

The Fountainhead

Be my guest! Be my guest! Put your ethics to the test!

Stick my building on this land, you’ll see!

The proles can do the rest!

Second-hand! It’s been banned! My chateaus are in demand!

Orthodoxy is defeatist!

Try my morals, they’re elitist!


I hope you enjoy these titles! Be sure to comment with any additional titles you discover so I can add them to my list!

Tuck into a Classic

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3 responses to “Tuck into a Classic”

  1. Denise Douglas-Baird says:

    Move over, Cliff and Spark Notes. There’s a better bard in town. I, for one, will be eagerly awaiting Craig B’s poetic synopses of classic text, should he ever choose to publish. Bravo and thank you! Stay safe!

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