I’ve been reading a lot lately. Seeing as how the year is almost over, I checked my stats in Goodreads to see how they compared to last year. I’ve read more books this year than last, but the oldest book I read this year was published in 2013.
It’s funny because when I first got my kindle, I didn’t understand how people could only read modern books. How do you choose them? How do you know they are worth the read when there are SO MANY BOOKS in the world? Having a kindle certainly helped with all of that. There are tons of free downloads and borrows, a lot of them good. Plus there is the rating system and there are reviews to read so I can have an idea of what I’m getting myself into when I’ve never heard of the author before.
In 2015, the oldest books I read were published in 2012. In 2014, the first full year I owned my kindle, I read several books that were much older: The Man Who was Thursday: A Nightmare (1908), Oliver Twist (1838), Dracula (1897), The War of the Worlds (1898), and Heidi (1880). I’ve got loads of old books already downloaded in my kindle. I just never choose them because there are plenty of newer books to read instead, and they are displayed on the pages before the older books. I usually pick a new book before I make it all the way to the back pages of my kindle.
Since I’ve been writing, I’ve tried to read more from the genres that I write in. It is definitely a good thing, but I also don’t want to stop reading older stuff altogether. I hadn’t realized that I had!
I’m due to read The Hobbit next, which will help my stats somewhat (I’ve never read it). I’ve got a whole list of older books to read too, but seeing as how I’m really good at ignoring them, I’m looking for suggestions. Any ideas? What old books do you love and recommend?
If you want to check your Goodreads stats go to “My Books” then click “stats” on the left sidebar.