The classics challenge
A year-long challenge to read literary classics. Got any recommendations?
I don’t read enough serious books. Sure, I read books that don’t have happy endings. I read Booker Prize and Pulitzer prize winners, but not the kind of classics that you read about in school or that posh people always list as their favourite novels. I haven’t even read Jane Austen. (The movies all came out at the same time so I watched them instead!) I decided that I should read more Great Books Of Literature, and what better way to do this than to create a year-long challenge to kickstart my reading!
I’ve decided to ask you, dear readers, to pick what I should read. To make it easier, I have selected categories for each month. I have nominated blogger friends to select something for me to read, but where I haven’t please feel free to nominate yourself for one if you like—otherwise, Twitter will choose! I would prefer a novel I haven’t read, and in some cases will list down something I’ve already read in that category.
The Year of Classics
May — a classic classic aka: the classic you always wanted to read but never bothered to (from the 19th century backwards but please not Ulysses by James Joyce)
June — a travel classic
July — an Australian classic [chosen by Kat]
August — the great American Novel
September — Ancient classics (I have already read The Iliad)
October — a horror classic [chosen by Zja] PS: I have already read Dracula many times
November — Russians
December — a classic from the 20th century
January — your favourite classic
February — a classic romance
March — a Shakespearean classic (I have read Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado many times)
April — a children’s Classic
As with previous challenges I have attempted, let’s see how long we can keep this up! Suggestions welcome from everybody!