I’ve always been a reader. And I do enjoy reading the classics from time to time. But, the list of classics I’d like to read never seems to get any shorter. I get caught up in the new books, the fun books, the necessary books for school and never get around to reading from my classics list. That is why this year, I am joining a Classics reading challenge.
Karen from Books and Chocolate has been hosting this challenge for five years already. And she has just recently posted the rules for 2019. I found out about this challenge last year during the summer. But I could never seem to get around to joining or even making my own tentative list.
However, I’m being proactive this year. I’ve officially joined and have even created my list. I’m going to share it with you to help keep me honest. And maybe you’d even like to join in!
1. 19th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1800 and 1899.
Lilith – George MacDonald (1895) 341 pages
2. 20th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1900 and 1969.
Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence (1913) 423 pages
3. Classic by a Female Author.
Black Beauty – Anna Sewell (1877) 255 pages Finished May 2019
4. Classic in Translation. Any classic originally written in a language other than my native language.
Brothers Karamazov – Feodor Dostoevski (1880) 796 pages
5. Classic Comedy. Any comedy or humorous work.
The American Claimant – Mark Twain (1892) 291 pages
6. Classic Tragedy. Any work with a typically sad ending.
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck (1937) 187 pages Finished January 2019
7. Very Long Classic. Any classic single work 500 pages or longer, not including introductions or endnotes.
War & Peace – Leo Tolstoy (1869) 1225 pages
8. Classic Novella. Any work of narrative fiction shorter than 250 pages.
The Lifted Veil – George Eliot (1859) 75 pages; or
9. Classic from the Americas (includes the Caribbean). A classic novel set in either continent or the Caribbean or by an author originally from one of those countries.
Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys (1966) 192 pages
10. Classic from Africa, Asia, or Oceania (includes Australia). A classic novel set in one of those continents or islands, or by an author from these countries.
Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe (1958) 209 pages Finished January 2019
11. Classic from a Place You’ve Lived. Read locally! Any classic set in a city, county, state or country in which you’ve lived.
Choices for me include the United States, China, or France.
The Man Who Walked Through Walls (Le Passe-muraille) – Marcel Aymé (1943) 244 pages
12. Classic Play. Any play written or performed at least 50 years ago.
Tartuffe – Molière (1900 though written in 1664) 208 pages; or
Uncle Vanya – Anton Chekhov (1897) 76 pages
These are my current picks though it is subject to change at any time during the year. However, I want to try to stick to this list as much as possible since most of these books have been on my To-Read list for several years and I’ve never gotten around to reading them. Please note: I will be reading the books by French authors in their original French as an added challenge. I wish I could do the same for the Russian books but, alas, I do not read (or speak) Russian. Yet.
If you’d like to join me in this reading challenge for 2019, you can find the details and rules at Books and Chocolate.
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