Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Back to the Classics Challenge 2015 -- My List
Here are the books I'm planning to read for the Back to the Classics Challenge 2015. As usual, I'm going to try and choose books from my own TBR shelves, whenever possible. I have a lot of books on the TBR shelves that will fit multiple categories, and I'm having a hard time narrowing my choices. I'd like to choose as many books as possible from my Classics Club list -- I only have 22 left! These are my ideas so far:
1. 19th Century Classic: New Grub Street by George Gissing, which is both owned-and-unread AND on my Classics Club list. Or maybe something by Thomas Hardy, maybe The Return of the Native.
2. 20th Century Classic: A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell.
3. Classic by a Woman: Something by Willa Cather -- Shadows on the Rock or Alexander's Bridge.
4. Classic in Translation: I've been putting off The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo for a very long time, so I should really give it another try. I also have four books by Zola unread on my shelves: The Debacle, The Dream, Money, and The Conquest of Plassans.
5. Very Long Classic: No Name by Wilkie Collins. Also, I still have most of the Trollope's Pallisers series, and they're all at least 500 pages.
6. Novella: Liza of Lambeth by W. Somerset Maugham, or Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton.
7. Proper Name in the Title: I have a LOT of these on my TBR shelves! Mary Barton and Sylvia's Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell have been on my shelves for a long time. Or maybe Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon.
8. Classic Comedy or Satire: Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis, or maybe The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens -- I don't own it but the library has it on audiobook.
9. Forgotten Classic: Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton would qualify as a forgotten classic, since it's one of her least popular works (according to Goodreads standards). Or I could pick something really obscure, such as Red Pottage by Mary Chomondely, or The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
10. Non-fiction Classic: Probably Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens. Also, my non-fiction book group at the library is reading Kon-Tiki this summer, so that would fit nicely as well.
11. Children's Classic: Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers.
12. Classic Play: Something by Oscar Wilde. I loved The Importance of Being Earnest so I'd like to read another of his plays. Or maybe more than one, since they're really short.
So that's my list. Bloggers, what do you think? I'm having a hard time picking a final list. Are any of your favorites included? Any hidden gems? Or should I put them directly into the donation box at the library? Help me choose!