Hello, lovely readers.
Today I’m going to talking about reading classics
and how to read them.
Because I know that it can be really intimidating
when you got a big classic
or just a classic that you aren’t sure of.
Loads of people have loved it and loads of people have read it.
And you are just so just intimidated by it.
So I thought I would share some tips and tricks
on how to read classics.
It is going to be part of my new classic series where I talk about classical literature.
So if there are any videos that you’d like to see in that series,
please let me know in the comments below.
I’ll make sure to get to them.
So I’m really excited about it.
I’m reading a lot more classics lately
and I love talking about them.
So I’d love to share that passion with you.
So one of the current classics I’m reading is “Middlemarch” by George Eliot.
I’ve never read any George Eliot before.
And this is 900 pages.
All just over 900 pages long and that is very intimidating.
This will be the longest classic I have ever read.
So I was thinking how can I make this easier for myself,
how can I make sure I read this.
So I setted out I calculated it all.
And I figured out that if I read a minimum of three chapters every day,
then I’ll finish it in a month.
我觉得这很实在 今天到目前为止 我已经读完了一章
I think that’s very realistic and so far today I’ve read one chapter.
So I’ll read a few more later.
And then I can also read something else at the same time.
So I think that is a very realistic goal for me.
But you can adjust it to you,
if you say well they are X number of chapters in here.
If I read one a day, then I’ll finish it.
By this point, I think there are something like 81 chapters in here,
so you can read it in two months.
And I think actually it doesn’t matter.
目前为止 我读了一章 我觉得把书拿起来很容易 放下也很容易
So far I’ve read one chapter. I think it will be quite easy to pick it up and put it down.
So that is another one of my tips.
NO.2 is find a reading pace that works for you.
A lot of the time I find that I cannot read a classic in one go.
I couldn’t just sit down and read a book in a day.
Like I could with any other book.
Because I find that they’re often very different to what I’m used to.
So I will set out and I’ll say,
“Well, if I don’t finish this by the end of the year, that’s OK.”
As long as I keep reading it
and I’ll finish it eventually.
So I think you know these books have been around for hundreds of years most of them.
They are going to last.
So there’s no rush.
Because the authors aren’t releasing new things.
So there is no rush to find a reading pace that works for you.
For example, I read “Jane Eyre” last year.
I read it I think in December and then I finished it in about March this year.
I put it down in between.
As long as you can remember what goes on. Then, that’s fine.
But I also understand some people would like to read them in one go
and there are particular books I like to do that for.
For example Virginia Woolf, I have to read her books in one siting,
because I cannot remember what goes on in them.
They are so lyrical and fluid
that you cannot read them and put them down and pick them back up again a week later.
It does not work for me.
But for some people, they might find that quite weighty
and think I cannot take this all in.
For me, I just prefer to read them in one sitting.
Whereas other books like Jane Austen I take a lot longer to read.
My third tip is to do your research afterwards.
Because I find these really enjoyable.
After I finished a book or when I am reading it,
even to look on the sites and read critical essays on them.
They don’t have to be particular critical essays.
But you can get kind of study guides for them that you can find online.
And I find those really interesting to read.
I don’t think there’s any shame in doing that.
And I find it really interesting to hear other people have thought.
分析文章里的某个镜头 角色 情节或是主题也非常有趣
And other takes or maybe the characters or the plots or themes in there.
So I think it’s really interesting to sit down and break the book down.
That really works for me, but again it doesn’t work for everyone.
I think reading classics is a completely different experience to say reading Y.A.
I can read Y.A books in two or three hours.
Sometimes but it takes me a little longer to read a classic.
And I think that is perfectly acceptable.
I think you have to go in there with that mindset.
So my fourth tip is to prepare yourself for reading a classic.
Now this could just be telling yourself,
“This is going to take a bit longer, but that is fine.”
I have to get into that mindset of wanting to read it.
Feeling enthusiastic about reading it.
So actually even just talking to other people can help as well.
Because I think talking to other people, getting in the mindset,
preparing yourself is always essential.
But kind of contradictory is my next point which is to ignore everybody else,
ignore how much they loved this book,
ignore how much they hated that book.
Because you are the only one we ought to tell if you like it.
It’s your brain. You’re processing it and
everyone will process it differently.
Try and ignore the pressure as much as you can.
Because otherwise it’s gonna completely ruin your reading experience.
I’ve read some books. I really did like.
But it’s other people’s favorite books.
I think this can be particularly strong when it comes to classics.
So try to ignore the literary snobs,
who say why are you reading that now,
why haven’t you read it already.
Try to ignore the people who are loving it or hating it.
But also don’t be afraid to have conversation at the same time.
So it can be kind of contradictory,
but try to just enjoy the experience and go with the flow.
And I think a final add-on point should be enjoy yourself,
enjoy the reading experience.
Don’t fret about it, if you don’t enjoy it, just enjoy yourself.
That’s what reading is about.
不要害怕……你懂的 放下书本 告诉自己
Don’t be afraid to…you know, put the book down and say,
“I’m not going to finish this but maybe in a few years.”
They aren’t going anywhere.
They have been printed for a long time.
所以 老实说 就顺其自然
So honestly, just go with it.
So I hope you enjoyed watching this video.
And I’ll see you guys soon. Happy reading.