Friday, December 29, 2017

Back to the Classics Reading Challenge

This year's reading challenge will be Back to the Classics 2018, hosted by Books and Chocolate. It's been a long time since I've done one of these, so here goes ...

The goal is to read one book in each of the following categories. Listed are the books that I'll tentatively be reading. In most cases, I'm planning to read something I've never read before.

1.  A 19th century classic: Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897)

2.  A 20th century classic: My Antonia by Willa Cather (1918)

3.  A classic by a woman author: The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (1905)

4.  A classic in translation: The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann (1924)

5. A children's classic: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (1962)

6.  A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction: The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (1930)

7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction: Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell (1938)

8. A classic with a single-word title: Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1872)

9. A classic with a color in the title: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (1860)

10. A classic by an author you've never read before: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (1855)

11. A classic that scares you: Ulysses by James Joyce (1922)

12. Re-read a favorite classic: Undecided! I would like to re-read War and Peace or Paradise Lost, but I have some pretty lengthy books on this list, so I may wait and see what kind of progress I make. I may end up re-reading one of my shorter favorites--Tess, Jude, or some other tragic tale that I love.

So there you have it. Four books published in the 1800s, seven in the 1900s, and one undecided. Happy reading, everyone!

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