As we reach the end of August, we draw ever closer to the big election in November. Want to feel more prepared? Read up about the candidates? Maybe you are looking for a way to think about something else entirely, trying to avoid the whole thing and every time you turn on the television set it is staring you in the face. Either scenario probably means that you need a few new books on your shelves.
If you feel that you have probably made your choice, have enough information, or simply need a break from politics, now might be a great time to grab a cup of tea and a good classic. Got a few that you are ashamed to say that you never read? Sure, we all do. Here are five classics that you should consider reading again (or for the first time). Also, this is a great way to look snobby and show off in front of school children.
"I am reading a classic. Maybe you are jealous!"
That's the spirit. Time to show off! Now on to the list:
1. Lord of the Flies by Golding
Reasons that you will look cool: Everybody knows that this book is kind of bananas. A bunch of stranded schoolboys don't handle themselves well without adult supervision and chaos ensues. Stand back, everyone, I am reading about a society that is about to collapse while gently sipping chamomile.
Reasons that you will actually enjoy reading the book: Now is a great time to embrace the heat of that island flair. You can assure yourself that the sunburn you got at the beach is not all that noteworthy.
2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee
Reasons that you will look cool: This is one of those iconic books that people love to chat about and when you are holding it in your hands, you just might make a new friend. Maybe you could even get a date.
Reasons that you will actually enjoy reading the book: Themes of race, childhood and the law abound. It is one of those books that you read differently at different ages and whether this is your first time through, or you are a more seasoned reader of Lee, there will be something here worth your time. Plus, refreshing your knowledge will prime you to read her other book, Go Set a Watchman, a book that created quite a little controversary when it was released not too long ago.
3. Heidi by Spyri
Reasons that you will look cool: You won't. But isn't that, like, secretly cool?
Reasons that you will actually enjoy reading the book: Bucoli splendor of the alps, goats, and a crotchedy old man with a heart of gold!
4. Emma by Austen
Reasons that you will look cool: Lots of people love Pride & Prejudice, but you are exploring further. You are reading a second book. You are basically an Austen scholar now! Behold!
Reasons that you will actually enjoy reading the book: Basically, what you have here is an adorable, cotton candy sweet rom-com with all of the literary flair that you crave. Pure indulgence. Buy yourself a big ol' box of candies and have an amazing time.
5. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Twain
Reasons that you will look cool: What better way to say, "of course I have an awesome sense of humor"? Also, capture lots of nostalgia points for reading a book that includes lots of quaint tasks like fence-painting. You will look both tender and intriguing.
Reasons that you will actually enjoy reading the book: Twain really is both funny and nostalgic. While most will choose Huck Finn over Tom, this book is a bit lighter and certainly entertaining. It will make you wish that you had a front porch and a chilled glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade. If you do have those things, you will want to utilize them.
There you have it, a few ideas to help you transition from summer to fall, back to school, whatever you want to call it. Of course, you could also look like a fascinating intellectual with lots of other titles. Why not come in and explore your options? We'll be here. Same times, same place.