I really enjoyed participating in the Back to the Classics Challenge this year and can't wait to start again in 2016. I was already making my reading plan for this upcoming year (which I hope to post soon too) before Karen posted the catagories and several of my selections have found a spot on this list but there are still a number categories that I hadn't decided on. So suggestions are welcome, especially lighter or easier ones. Looking at this list and my overall 2016 hope to read list, I'm in trouble. I've picked a lot of really long and/or heavy books and I'm not sure I'll be able to accomplish my goals. But I'll be trying!
Head over to Books and Chocolate for more info about the challenge and further explanation of the categories but here are my tentative choices (I changed several mid-way last year so who knows what I'll end up with this year).
1. A 19th Century Classic - Brideshead Revisited
2. A 20th Century Classic - A Man for All Seasons
With the AO discussion group.
3. A classic by a woman author. Undecided
I've very tempted to put The Head of the House of Coombe or another of Francis Hodges Burnett's adult novels here. I just discovered them last year with The Shuttle for the challenge and then T. Tembarom which I finished last week. So I'm sure I'd enjoy another but I also want to use this challenge to find new authors so we'll see.
4. A classic in translation. I, Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed)
I plan to read this along with the AO forum book discussion group. If I wasn't, I might pick Anna Karinana because I've read two different articles lately that mention it as a good read for a Christians to read, especially for its views on marriage which was interesting to me so that is on my maybe list for the year. Funnily enough, The Betrothed is also supposed to be a good book about marriage and apparently earlier this year Pope Francis recommended engaged couples read it before marriage. Apparently I'm just in a marriage themed translated book mood?
5. A classic by a non-white author. Undecided.
6. An adventure classic - Undecided.
Well, is Waverly an adventure classic? It can be hard to tell if a book fits a category if one hasn't read it and don't want to read too many summary type things for fear of spoilers. Opinions? Or maybe I'll just have to read it to find out for myself but I've heard there is treason and an escape of some kind and that sounds adventurous to me.
7. A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic.
1984 was on my list last year for short novel but I ended up picking something else for that category instead. Will this be its year or will I move on yet again? Dystopian novels aren't really my thing but the point of this is to stretch me out of my normal reading zones.
Update: Oh, I just remembered I'm also trying to read Utopia with the AO group too. Would that fit this category? Sometimes its hard to determine if a book fits if you haven't read it. I think it would so we'll go with that for now.
8. A classic detective novel. A Woman in White
This was already on my 2016 list. I really enjoyed Wilkie Collins's other famous novel, the moonstone, last year. This one is long but I've heard it is worth it.
9. A classic which includes the name of a place in the title. Bleak House
Another that was already on my 2016 list. I'm determined not to give up on Dickens so despite my not falling in love with A Tale of Two Cities last year, I want to read this. It sounds like something I would like and as far as I know, unlike A Tale of Two Cities, it hasn't been "spoiled" for me. And if I do finish it, I can reward myself by watching the mini-series. BBC is always a good motivator for me.
10. A classic which has been banned or censored. Undecided.
Would Where the Wild Things or The Night Kitchen count? Just kidding ;-) I've already read the ones that immediately came to mind (Huck Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, etc) and I like my reads to be pretty clean in terms of sex and violence so I probably won't want to read anything that was banned for those reasons. Suggestions welcome here.
11. Re-read a classic you read in school (high school or college). Persuasion.
I've been wanting to re-read it for a while. I can't remember how long its been since my last read. It has never been one of my favorite Austen novels (not that I dislike it, I don't dislike anything by Austen, even Northhanger Abbey) but my guess is that this one gets better as you age so I'm curious to see if it rises on my list after a re-read.
12. A volume of classic short stories. I have no idea! Suggestions please!
Update: I'm stealing someone else's idea of The Just So Stories. I've been meaning to pre-read it as Lucy will start it as part of AO year 1 soon and I've heard it is a lot easier to read aloud if you've practiced.