The October question for the Classics Club Meme is: Why are you reading the classics?
I suppose I read classics because that's what I enjoy reading. Classics are just books that have been important to many people, in many places, for a long time. If that many other people have gotten so much out of them, then I figure I will too.
This year, partly because of the Classics Club, I've been making an effort to be more picky about what I read and to pick up more classic literature. For years, my reading habits have been fairly undiscriminating, and if something looked interesting, I would put it on the pile. My criteria for picking up a book were 1) if I was in the mood for it and 2) how soon it was due back at the library. I've read lots of great stuff this way, but I've also read quite a bit of mediocre fluff. And while fluff certainly has its place on my shelf, I was letting it crowd out more worthwhile books, and I was a bit lazy about reading very long works (Anna Karenina, that sort of thing).
As I've worked on prioritizing my reading a bit more this year and actually picking up more classics rather than just meaning to get around to them, I've found that I'm enjoying myself more and I also have less patience with mediocre writing. In fact, I have more appreciation for good writing. I am really pleased about this.
How about you?