We are moving from music to literature for our next Student Spotlight.
Cori and Becca have been making their way through an exhaustive list of literary classics.  The idea stemmed from a reading competition they came across.  Cori found the 100 Classic Book Collection entry on Wikipedia and the challenge to finish the list began.
They had the following to say on the topic-
Describe your ambitions to read the classics- what is it you are trying to do? How long have you been doing it?

Becca – I guess I’m just trying to read some of the books that earlier generations have read and understand how they have grown up.

Cori – I wanted to read some of the books that it would be assumed we had already read when I got to college. We’ve been reading the books since after spring break last year.

 
When do you hope to finish the list?
Cori – We want to be finished by the end of our senior year, but we’re not quite sure at this time.
Which titles have you finished? Do you read them together or individually?

Cori – We read them individually. I’ve read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Animal Farm, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and one other book that I can’t remember right now.

Becca – I have read War and Peace and Tale of Two Cities.

Where did the list come from?
Cori – The list was originally off of Wikipedia, but we had to alter it because we had already read some books on the list.
What is it about books that have you committed to a task as daunting as this?

Cori – We’re both big readers, and it’s something we love doing in our free time, so that makes it a lot easier to commit to something like this because it’s not as much of a chore as it is fun.

Becca – I have always loved to read and it is all I do for the most part in my free time so it isn’t  that much to commit to. The only difference is that I have an official list of books that I have to read.

What is your Favorite guilty-pleasure book? something that’s not on the list?

Cori – There’s a lot of books that I really love reading, but I will always love picking up a Rick Riordan book, or a book like Remember Me by Christopher Pike.

Becca – There are so many books that I have read and re-read but by far my favorite is The Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson.

Least favorite books from the list so far?

Cori – I honestly hated reading Animal Farm. It was a really weird book, and honestly half of it just outright creeped me out.

Becca – I thought that A Tale of Two Cities started off really slow and it was pretty hard to get into. War and Peace on the other hand was so long that it seemed like it went on forever.

Favorite book to film translation?

Cori – I watched The Host over the summer, and that was pretty good. I also liked The Great Gatsby.

Becca The Hobbit was by far my favorite book to movie translation. The director Peter Jackson is even separating it into three movies so as to add in all the detail. It’s like the ultimate book to movie translation that all book lovers have been waiting for.

Favorite book you’ve had to read for class?

Cori – My freshman year I had to read Caucasia for a book club, and I really liked reading it, it had an interesting perspective on the segregation of the 1950’s.

Becca – To Kill a Mockingbird was by far my favorite because I had such a fun time reading it and it shows how times have changed since then within the world we live in. I also love reading about court cases because I am planning to go into a field that deals with such things so that was just an added bonus.

What happens when you finish the list?

Cori – Umm…honestly I’m not sure. We never really discussed that.

Becca – Well, we have discussed watching some of the movies associated with the books but that’s just about it.

Do you borrow or buy your books?

Cori – It’s been a mix of both. I bought Crime and punishment, but I’ve also borrowed a lot of books from the library.

Becca – I borrow a lot of books from the library but I also have a huge stash in my room of over a hundred books because I always go to garage sales in order to find books for cheap. Of course then I tend to buy a lot of books which I am running out of space to store.

What is your favorite children’s book?

Cori – I think my favorites are Verdi and Stellaluna. Or the Strega Nona books.

Becca – I would have to say that my favorite is The Giving Tree because it teaches kids about life.

Talk about who your favorite author is… why?

Cori – I like a lot of different authors, I don’t know if I can pick a favorite. But Rick Riordan is among my favorites because he really explores his characters and makes you feel like you know them personally.

Becca – I have three favorite authors. The first is JK Rowling mainly because of the fact that the Harry Potter series gave me a childhood. James Patterson is another of my favorite authors because he always writes fast paced books that you just can’t seem to put down (I have over twenty of his books). Stephen King is one of my favorite authors because I love his writing style and he has such amazing books that never turn out the way you would expect. Lastly, John Green is my other favorite author because his writing style is so heartbreaking and yet funny that you just can’t seem to choose which emotion to choose while reading. His books are also about real life stories that teenagers go through and can sympathize and empathize with.

What else would you like to say about your project?

Becca – I think that it is totally awesome but I know that a lot of people think that we are totally insane.