I have recently developed an interest in classic literature, which has become a rewarding chapter (no pun intended) in my literary experience. It started last year when I decided to read through a number of Dickens novels that I ended up really enjoying and learning a lot from. I was gifted a decent amount of Barnes & Noble credit this summer, which I happily took to their huge store in Midtown Manhattan to purchase new reading material.
For those of you who don’t know, Barnes & Noble has an amazing classics collection. You can find it upstairs in the 5th Ave store, covering an entire wall. Not only do they have a wide selection of classics, they are available in different sizes and prints to fit your needs. And the best part – Most of them only cost a few dollars, with the more expensive ones hitting just $6-$7. I was able to purchase about ten classics, each a comfortable size to fit in a small purse, and none of them larger than the Kindle I normally carry.
Anyway, I have been working my way through these books all summer, and it has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Not only is it enjoyable to read through such strong writing from great authors of different times, it is also great for my Social Studies classroom. History and literature go hand in hand, and integrating them can help students find a more personal connection to both subjects.
My personal commentaries on the books will be hitting the blog in the upcoming weeks, but it felt appropriate to include this post to explain the trend and encourage all of my readers to start their own classics binge!