As I started reading two years ago, I was super excited and thinking about the day I’ll be able to call myself a reader. Around 70 books after Third Girl by Agatha Christie, my very first read in English” and I still don’t know when I’ll become this reader I have in mind.
Now, a new year, new poroblems. When will I ever be able to read classics?
I read many posts, written by native speakers of English who still struggle with classics. The question is: have you ever felt bad for not reading classics? Have you ever felt that you’re not really reading if you don’t read classics?
The main rule of the reading community is IF IT’S FUN, AND YOU ENJOY IT, THEN READ IT. IF NOT, DROP IT. And I have truly enjoyed every single book I read since 2015. I have also learnt so much. However, I am a bit under pressure, I want to start loving classics. Mainly because I’ll probably chose Civilisation and Literature as a major next year. I can’t read one book when it’s for class ( also means it’s homework). What will I do when I have to read 5 books as homework?
Maybe many people consider classics as a better way to learn because through those books we learn history. Plus, the language is a bit different and more challenging. While, because we’re living in the “present” we do not really need to learn much about it: we’re living it!
I unfortunetly cannot take any other classes (contemporary writing or whatever you call it in the UK and USA) because English is a foreign language in Algeria. We study it to become translators (this if we get the chance to major in translation) or we major in TEFL or something similar to become a teacher. Otherwise, we can go with linguistics and similar branches or with litreature and civilisation and similar branches. From all those choices, I’d rather go with Civ Lit, but will I ever be able to read when I’m forced?
The solution is: I either learn to love classics or do something else (yes, I know what I want about that something else but it might be a bit hard to get); as a result, I really need to consider studying Civilisation and literature as a primary choice.
What to do?!