Last year I had the lovely intention of working through a book challenge. Interesting note is that I do not enjoy being boxed in by a challenge. What I read is highly influenced by mood and chaos level. I fully intended to jump into the new year with no reading challenges, no scheduled reading lists. Naturally, I do have a short list of books that I plan to read but no strict expectations!
Of course, I wavered. A friend, Sodbuster Living, mentioned the Back to the Classics 2019 challenge and I was intrigued. I do read classic books and enjoy them. However, there are some books and authors that I have not been willing to tackle (Hello, Dickens!). So with a simple challenge and a friend, I’m jumping in.
Here is the Back to the Classics 2019 Book Selections covering twelve categories:
1 – 19th Century Classic – A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. My eldest daughter loves Dickens. Another daughter loved A Tale of Two Cities. This is the year I appreciate Dickens.
2 – 20th Century Classic (published between 1900-1969) – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. This has been on my TBR list forever. Definitely time to check it off the list.
3 – Classic by a Woman Author – Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. I am currently reading through her novels aloud with my children. Our current selection is Pride and Prejudice and we are close to completion. While we only read Austen on Wednesdays, I should be able to complete Sense and Sensibility for this challenge.
4 – Classic in Translation – The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne. The book synopsis sounds intriguing. So why not?
5 – Classic Comic Novel – The Inimitable Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse. My daughters have enjoyed his books for a few years. This was an easy selection to make! Since I gave my daughter a copy of this title, she will let me borrow it, right?
6 – Classic Tragic Novel – Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite classic novel. Will I enjoy this Bronte as much?
7 – Very Long Classic – The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas or Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West. I’m torn between these two. I may read a chapter or two from each and see which one captures me first. I could not read both, could I?
8 – Classic Novella – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Have I read this before? I have no recollection whatsoever. We shall remedy that this year!
9 – Classic from the Americas – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. How can I not read one of my son’s favorite books?
10 – Classics from Africa, Asia, and Oceania (includes Australia) – The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. This was actually on my list to read last year but failed to make it a priority.
11 – Classic from the Place You Lived – The Fair Lady of Halifax by Ronleigh de Conval. I’m not sure why but I had a bit of difficulty finding a book set in my area. If this doesn’t prove to be engaging, I may make a switch to a regional selection.
12 – Classic Play – As You Like It or The Winter’s Tale by Shakespeare. Perhaps both? I read Shakespeare with my children (a most delightful way to tackle Shakespeare), so depending on our speed, I may get two in! (Have to finish Twelfth Night first.)
Now let the reading begin!
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