I know there's a big stereotype that only pretentious white people read classics, and typically I would run far away from typical, basic behavior, but today I am going to embrace that stereotype and share with you my summer reading list (even though summer is quickly coming to a close) that consists entirely of classic literature. I have a strange obsession with classic literature, and while I've only read two classic novels I am constantly reading Wikipedia synopsizes and looking at tumblr posts about them. So at long last I am finally going to sit down and read some classics.
Geisha in Rivalry
This book is originally written in Japanese but of course, I am reading the translated version. It is about exactly what the title implies: Geisha in Rivalry. As a borderline weeaboo this book enticed me because I've always found Geisha culture very interesting. I tried to read 'Memoirs of a Geisha', but downright hated it, and then read an article online about how it was a misrepresentation of what a true Geisha is. Hopefully this book, written by an actual Japanese person, will provide a more truthful insight.
Tropic of Cancer
I've written about this book before, and for those of you who haven't read that blog post, I'll sum it up for you. 'Tropic of Cancer' changed my life by being one of the worst books I've ever read. But now that I am older, and therefore wiser, I thought I'd give it a second chance. This time, I intend to really probe into the depths of the book itself. Maybe answer some discussion questions, read some reviews and write a few essays. However, I have a hunch that my opinion on this book will remain the same, just be more professional sounding.
I don't know why I picked this book up. I don't know anything about it, like I didn't even read the back cover when I bought the book. It was one of those novels that I saw on a banned books list and since then have always had the desire to read it because as a rebellious, authority hating individual, I am attracted to anything that is off limits. Also, Arden Rose was reading it and that was further inspiration to get it.
On the Road
I learned about this book in my US History class during our unit on the 1950s. It was then that I determined that I am a beatnik. I belong to those people because my morals, ideals, and fashion sense perfectly align with theirs. At least, it aligns with the two sentence description on the PowerPoint our teacher used. 'On the Road' is considered the novel that defines the beatnik generation, so hopefully reading this will help me to get in touch with who I really am, deep inside.
And that's all for my summer reads. Keep checking back every Monday and Friday for more quality content! Have a wonderful week!
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