During my usual wanderings through the blogger world, I found an interesting classics challenge at Sarah Reads Too Much. I’m always trying to expand my knowledge of classic literature but am never quite sure what to start with – there are just too many good options to start with and it just leaves me a little bemused after I’ve gone through my lists and even less uncertain than ever about what to start with. So I thought the Back To The Classics Challenge 2012 might be a good way to go about it.
The nitty gritty of this challenge is basically this:
- Any 19th Century Classic – “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- Any 20th Century Classic – “Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut
- Reread a classic of your choice – “Northanger Abbey”by Jane Austen
- A Classic Play – “Medea” by Euripedes
- Classic Mystery/Horror/Crime Fiction – “The Woman in White” by Wilkie Collins
- Classic Romance – “North & South” by Elizabeth Gaskell
- Read a Classic that has been translated from its original language to your language – ( To clarify, if your native language is NOT English, you may read any classic originally written in English that has been translated into your native language) – “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” by Patrick Suskind
- Classic Award Winner (To clarify, the book should be a classic which has won any established literary award.) “A Suitable Boy” by Vikram Seth – won the Commonwealth Writers Prize.
- Read a Classic set in a Country that you (realistically speaking) will not visit during your lifetime – To Clarify, this does not have to be a country that you hope to visit either. Countries that no longer exist or have never existed count. – “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote – set in the U.S.
I think that’s quite a range of different books and I’m already looking forward to devouring them all. What classics do you hope to read this year?