Friday, December 30, 2016

Back-to-the-Classics Challenge 2017


Yep, trying this again.  And not just six categories - because I barely read five in 2016 - but, no!  I'm going for all twelve.

A 19th Century classic: The Diary of a Madman by Nikolai Gogol (1835)



Classic in translation: The City of God by Augustine (Latin)

Classic published before 1800: The Histories by Herodotus (425 BC)

Romance classic: Emma by Jane Austen (a misconstrued romance)

Gothic classic: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Classic with a number in the title: Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

Classic which includes the name of an animal in the title: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (reread)

Classic set in a place you'd like to visit: This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald (New York)

An award winning classic: Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (Pulitzer Prize for fiction) (reread)

Russian classic: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky 

11 comments:

  1. You just couldn't resist, could you? ;-) I can't WAIT to hear what you make of Wuthering Heights! Good for you for trying Fitzgerald and Hemingway ..... not my favourite writers although I did enjoy The Old Man and the Sea. Best of luck with this challenge. I read 10 books for it this year and I hope to make it to all 12 this coming year.

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    1. I couldn't.

      WH is like my most resisted book, and I don't know why. And I'm reading Old Man with my kids for school. I don't know why I have such high expectations with Fitzgerald.

      BTW, if you notice, I plan to read To Kill a Mockingbird (in June). So if you want to join me ...

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  2. Great list of classics.... Diary of a Madman looks good!
    It's going to be a challenging reading year 2107!
    Good luck!

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  3. Thanks for sharing this challenge. I might consider taking it on too. Some classics tend to be really thick, but cutting it down to 12, or 1 per month, might make it fun and manageable. I wish I'd latched onto your Little House challenge earlier, toward the start, but only recently stumbled on your blog.

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    1. You could also cut down the challenge to 6 categories for the year. I tried to do that last year, but I had too much on my plate and didn't make it. You can always do the Little House this year. It's one book every month. I may revisit it in a few years because I cannot imagine a year without reading that series.

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    2. Yes, I love it too. It's been about 5 or 6 year for me now. Long enough, I think :)

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  4. The first time reading this, I thought PARADISE was the place you wanted to visit... :) Nice choices.

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  5. I love your choices, and can I say, I'm kind of in love with your font! :)

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    1. Thanks! I do love this font, but it has some problems. For example, the punctuation is set too close together and exclamation points look like the letter "l," so I have to be careful when I use it. I even change it to a different font, so as not to confuse the reader.

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