If one discounts my annual re-read of all the Jane Austen novels, I have been sadly neglecting the classics of late. (And there are just so many.) So, I have decided to participate in a few Classics Challenges this year. I have found two different challenges with criteria that are not mutually exclusive, and have added the additional criterion that I will read one per month, for a total of 11 books. I missed out on January, but - considering I re-read both Mansfield Park and Persuasion - it was not entirely classics deficient. I will post my reviews here on the 30th of each month.
Per the requirements of November's Autumn, I will read at least seven classics, of which no more than three will be re-reads. On the 4th of each month I will participate in a survey about the classic I am reading.
Sarah Reads Too Much has created nine different categories for her challenge, and a classic must be chosen from each category.
My classics for each category are listed below, with re-reads denoted by *:
- 19th Century Classic - Tess of the d'Urdervilles - Thomas Hardy
- David Copperfield - Charles Dickens (alternate A Study in Scarlet - Sir Author Conan Doyle)
- 20th Century Classic - Kim - Rudyard Kipling
- Re-read - Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom - Louisa May Alcott* - April
- Classic Play - The Tempest - William Shakespeare
- Classic Mystery/Horror/Crime Fiction - Frakenstein - Mary Shelley*
- Dracula - Bram Stoker - March
- Classic Romance - Lorna Doone - R.D. Blakemore
- Classic Translation - Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (alternate The Three Musketeers - Alexadre Dumas)
- Classic Award Winner - The Optimist's Daughter - Eudora Welty, Pulitzer Prize 1972
- Classic set somewhere you're unlikely to visit - Journey to the Center of the Earth - Jules Vern* - February
I primarily chose these classics because a) they are books that people often assume I have already read (based on other things I enjoy reading), b) I keep meaning to read them but have put off doing so, or c) I have read it only once and really loved it when I first read it and/or forgot many things about it. I have provided alternatives to David Copperfield and Anna Karenina, just in case I was too ambitious.
Thanks to The Readventurer for linking up to the challenges (plus she has a great classics giveaway that ends tomorrow, so go now!)