Lately I have been getting into reading the classics. Some are books I never had to read in school but feel that everyone else in the universe has. Some are book that I have read in school but remember absolutely nothing about (I would often read something just to pass the test and then lose all comprehension). The latest novel I have read is The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I read it in the 11th grade and could only remember the main character's name, that he was in private school, and something about a cliff.
I wish I had paid more attention in those days because this is a great book! Yes, there is some colorful language and controversy surrounding the book used in a school curriculum, but there is also great character development and real depth to the story. Plus, I loved it when Holden Caulfield would say things like "It certainly didn't make me feel too gorgeous", or "It certainly was a gorgeous way to talk about a Christmas tree". I never thought of using that particular adjective the way he did!
I am currently reading The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis to my daughter. I thought perhaps all of it would go over her head since it is a novel with very few illustrations, but I am amazed at how much she is understanding! She could tell you the story if you asked her. I have also tried to read A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, but I admit that so far it is really boring. I think I should stop torturing myself choose something else instead.