I only read 6 books for this year’s Back to the Classics challenge. It’s a pity, really, because I wanted to fill all the slots with female authors. I just never got around to them all. Here’s what I did read:
- A 19th-century Classic: Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
- A 20th-century Classic: In a Lonely Place, Dorothy B. Hughes
- A classic by a Woman Author: The Seventh Cross, Anna Seghers
- A Classic Detective Novel: Appointment With Death, Agatha Christie
- A Classic That Includes the Name of a Place in the Title: Assignment in Brittany, Helen MacInnes
- Re-read a Classic You Read in High School or College: Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor
Karen has decided to bring back the challenge for next year. Here are her categories, along with some of books I consider reading.
- A 19th-century Classic: I can’t yet narrow down my choices. Maybe Middlemarch or something by Elizabeth Gaskell.
- A 20th-century Classic: The Cruel Sea, Nicholas Monsarrat
- A classic by a woman author: The Street, Ann Petry
- A classic in translation: I found a copy of Colette’s Gigi in one of my book boxes the other day…
- A classic published before 1800: I’m thinking Frances Burney.
- A romance classic: This will be Rebecca, I’m pretty sure.
- A Gothic or horror classic: I STILL haven’t read Frankenstein. Maybe 2017 will be the year…
- A classic with a number in the title: 4:50 to Paddington, Agatha Christie
- A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title: Maybe something from Japan, like Thousand Cranes.
- A classic set in a place you’d like to visit: I looked at my Classics Club list and have found some interesting, though rather vague, places. I like the beach (The Woman in the Dunes); I like to be outside (The Secret Garden); and anything north of where I live is fine, too (To the North). But we might be headed to Europe next summer, so I could go with Mann’s Death in Venice. If 2017 is as depressing as parts of 2016 have been, I might just hide (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe). If it’s REALLY bad, then I might visit The Island of Doctor Moreau.
- An award-winning classic: I think this will be either Willa Cather’s One of Ours or Edna Ferber’s So Big, both of which have won a Pulitzer. Both are sitting unread on my Classics shelf.
- A Russian Classic: I am strongly considering Dr. Zhivago or Anna Karenina. But maybe you can recommend a Russian classic written by a woman?
Are you participating in this challenge?