Saturday, December 21, 2013
Back to the Classics Challenge 2014: My List
So, this year, I'm taking over for Sarah, and I'm hosting the Back to the Classics 2014 Challenge!! (Click here for details, and to sign up.) Of course I had to sign up for my own challenge!! Of course I won't enter myself into the drawing -- my reward will be finishing ten classics, hopefully all from my own TBR shelves, and watching a movie! I'm trying not to repeat books from other challenges, so I can make more progress. This list isn't strictly fixed, but here's what I want to read this year:
19th Century Classic: Something by Anthony Trollope (I have twenty of his books unread on my shelves!). There's an online Trollope reading group and they have some upcoming group reads, so I'll try to participate in one of them. Maybe He Knew He Was Right.
20th Century Classic: Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis. Or maybe some P. G. Wodehouse, I have several unread on my shelves.
Classic in Translation: Zola! I still have three of his books unread: Nana, The Dream, and The Debacle. It will probably be one of those. Or maybe Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata -- a Japanese classic that I've owned for several years.
Classic By Woman Author: Lots of these on the TBR shelves! I'll probably choose something by Edith Wharton -- either Twilight Sleep or The Glimpses of the Moon. Or maybe Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell.
Classic by an Author Who's New To Me: The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West. I've never read anything by her, and I bought this when I was in Downton Abbey withdrawal.
Wartime Novel: The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West. Or maybe The Debacle by Emile Zola.
Classic American Novel: I haven't read any Steinbeck in a long time, so maybe The Short Reign of Pippin IV (from the TBR shelves) or The Moon is Down, unless I use that one for my wartime novel.
Historical Novel: Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather. Or maybe I'll be brave and read The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo.
Classic Mystery/Suspense Novel: No Name or Armadale by Wilkie Collins. Or maybe The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens -- it's one of the last books on my Dickens list.
Classic Book That's Been Adapted as a Movie or TV Series: The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason, or if I want more Trollope, He Knew He Was Right; And there's always I, Claudius, which is supposed to be one of the best series from PBS of all time.
So that's my list! How do you like my choices? I'm really excited about this challenge!