When you live your last month of summer with as much intention as you did, it’s easy to see why we never want it to end. Tables where the wine was flowing, evenings at amusement parks, and days at the beach made for the most glorious dog days of summer. But now that the season is slipping away, we want to hold on to that loving feeling without trying to force patio happy hour in our snowshoes or mittens.
But you can always escape the rigors of daily life without having to reach too far: Escaping into a world where anything is possible and a plot twist is just around the corner only requires the bound pages of your favorite novel.
So for this month’s 30 Day Challenge we want you to hit the books. It’s back-to-school season after all and your brain is itching to dust off the sand and cobwebs that manifest as soon as swimsuit season arrives with its load of light reads.
There’s a whole host of genres that appeal to nearly any and every taste, but we want you to revisit the classics. We’re talking Scarlet Letter and The Great Gatsby type of classic. There’s a chance you haven’t considered these books since middle school when your teacher assigned them and you read them with a general understanding of each premise.
But now that we’re older, wiser, and can appreciate a novel for it’s impact on society (as well as its entertainment value) it’s time to give Hemingway and Brontë a fresh chance at capturing our hearts. This is an especially fun reason to get involved in or even start your own book club. Talking with others about their perspective on the same written word can generate great conversations!
Here’s a list to get you started:
1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
2. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
4. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
5. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
8. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
9. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Whether you read one or five books this month, it’s totally up to you, but keep us in the loop of where you’re stopping to indulge in the vernacular of the greats and tag us with #TEG30DayChallenge to let us know how you’re enjoying the book so far.
No book reports due at the end of this reading, so sit back, relax, and dive in! Tell us in the comments below what you’ll be reading!
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