You might be wondering what the connection between these two images and the usual bookish chatter you find here is? I'm glad you asked. The images are postcards that came in the mail just a day or so ago. I have picked up with my Postcrossing postcard sending once again after quite a long hiatus. I only keep about four or five postcards "traveling" at once, but it means when one arrives I get a surprise card back in my own mailbox. What a bounty that not just one card, but two came. The top one came all the way from Hong Kong and the bottom from Germany. My Postcrossing profile mentions that I work in a library and enjoy reading and if the sender likes to read, too, to share a favorite book or author or tell me what book they have sitting on their night stand at the moment.
Now here is where the moment of serendipity comes in. Both Postcrossers have told me they like reading, too. The Hong Kong sender happens to be reading Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens right now. And the German Postcrosser? Dickens is the author of choice these days it would seem. She is reading Great Expectations.
Is this fate I wonder? I have been contemplating (if not actually doing anything about it) reading another classic. I have done an abysmal job so far when it comes to picking up any classics this year. Maybe it is a sign? I have read very little of Dickens' work and neither of these books, so I pulled both from my shelves. Is it just me, however, or does Dickens just 'feel' like a cold weather/winter sort of author to read?
Alternatively, I get a newsletter from the Penguin Classics Book Club and they are reading Passing by Nella Larsen, a book I started eons ago but never finished. Maybe that is a sign I should pick it up and read it in earnest now? Or maybe I should just call Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy my classic (modern classic, right?).
Sometimes just the act of thinking about reading something is enough for me and then I merrily continue on with my pile of in progress books. Maybe just thinking about it right now is enough. Or I could live vicariously through you. What classic are you reading or have recently read (or plan to read?)!