Do you prefer reading current books? Or older ones? Or outright old ones? (As in, yes, there’s a difference between a book from 10 years ago and, say, Charles Dickens or Plato.)
About half the books I’ve read this year are current books – published within the last ten years. The other half date from the 1930s to the 1990s, the oldest being Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie. I also like older books by authors such as Jane Austen, the Brontes, George Eliot, Tolstoy, Thackeray and Dickens. I can’t say that I have a preference either way as I like to vary my reading. Sometimes I want to read older books and sometimes modern ones.
As for ‘outright old’ books I have read a few, books like the Cloud of Unknowing, Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations, and Dante’s Divine Comedy, which I haven’t finished yet! Coming forward a bit in time I also like Shakespeare, but prefer to see the plays, rather than read them. Thinking about this post has reminded me that I’ve been meaning to read Don Quixote for ages. My copy was published in the 1920s and I think I’d like a more modern translation, which would be an appropriate combination of old and new. Has anyone any suggestions about which one to choose?