I really enjoyed the Back to the Classics Challenge 2018, I am very keen to sign up for 2019: not just for a chance to win the prize ( a $30 book voucher at bookdepository!), but to force myself to read more books. The challenge is hosted by Karen @ Books and Chocolate.
Here’s how it works:
- Complete six categories, and you’ll get one entry in the drawing;
- Complete nine categories, and you’ll get two entries in the drawing;
- Complete all twelve categories, and you’ll get three entries in the drawing
Here’s my list for 2019.
- 19th Century Classic. Friedrich Nietzsche Beyond Good and Evil I have bought a copy of this, so now it’s time to read it, I guess?
- 20th Century Classic. Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar This is one of those so-called “dangerous books” and I’m worried what effect it will have one me. I will try to read it when I’m in a good place emotionally.
- Classic by a Woman Author. Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman I have put off reading this one for ages, but I’m looking forward to it!
- Classic in Translation. Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Les Liaisons Dangereuses Okay, so this is ambitious because I’m actually planning to read it in French. I hope this works…
- Classic Comic Novel. Tobias Smollett Roderick Random This one is supposed to be funny. Can’t wait 🙂
- Classic Tragic Novel. William Faulkner The Sound and the Fury I’m not sure if it’s a tragic novel, but somehow the title makes me feel like it will be.
- Very Long Classic. Simone de Beauvoir Mandaryni [Les Mandarins] Not only is it long, but I’ve put off reading it for ages and ages…
- Classic Novella. George Orwell Animal Farm At least this one is nice and short — and I’ve never read it before.
- Classic From the Americas (includes the Caribbean). Henry James What Maisie Knew I like my Henry James, and I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while.
- Classic From Africa, Asia, or Oceania (includes Australia). Ngugi wa Thiong’o A Grain of Wheat I had to do a little bit of research to pick this one — but here it is. I hope my local library has it.
- Classic From a Place You’ve Lived. Władysław Reymont Chłopi This is a classic that I failed to finish at high school. It falls into the category of “classics that scare me” and worryingly “very long books”. Fingers crossed I get my act together this time.
- Classic Play. Friedrich Schiller Maria Stuart I will happily admit that this is a complete shot in the dark. I don’t read plays very often, but as there’s a new movie about Mary Stuart coming up this year, I thought this might be the one to read. If all goes well, I shall attempt it in German… We’ll see how it goes.
Last year, I only managed to read 6 from the Back to the Classics list – let’s hope this year I do better!