Friday, 4 November 2011

Back to the Classics Challenge 2012

I need some time soon to start planning what I want to read in 2012, and I'm almost looking forward to the planning as much as the reading! I've seen some great plans for 2012 from others, particularly from ProSe and Reading Charles Dickens. While I focus on NaNoWriMo, my plans are very much in the air, but for now, here is something to get me started from Sarah Reads Too Much - the Back to the Classics Challenge 2012. In 2012, read:
  1. Any 19th Century Classic
  2. Any 20th Century Classic
  3. Reread a classic of your choice
  4. A Classic Play
  5. Classic Mystery/Horror/Crime Fiction
  6. Classic Romance
  7. Read a Classic that has been translated from its original language to your languange   - 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.  
  8. Classic Award Winner  - To clarify, the book should be a classic which has won any established literary award.  
  9. 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.
    My plans right now are a little hesitant, but for now:
    1. Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.
    2. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence.
    3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.
    4. Ghosts, Henrik Ibsen.
    5. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James.
    6. Persuasion, Jane Austen.
    7. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.
    8. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis (winner of Somerset Maugham Award, 1955).
    9. Tales of Angria by Charlotte Brontë.


    1. Great picks! A reread of Wuthering Heights sounds awesome, and I LOVE your Bronte pick. :-D

    2. Tales of Angria, I mean. :-)

    3. Great list! (I second Jillian's endorsement of 'Tales of Angria.') I might have to do this challenge myself. Thanks for passing it along.

    4. I concur with Jillian and Diana, this is an awesome list!

      I have to say that I envy your first read of Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles, it is an amazing novel that I love more with each reading. If you find yourself delving into Hardy, you might be interested in Rosemarie Morgan's book, Women and Sexuality in the Novels of Thomas Hardy (Routledge, 1988). A simply brilliant book!

      I see we share a plan to read Les Mis too! That'll be fun sharing thoughts and impressions.

      Have a great weekend! Cheers! Chris

    5. You have some very nice and impressive choices on here! I've never read Persuasion but it looks like a good choice for classic romance. I may steal that idea from you :)

    6. Thanks all, I think I'll have some fun with this challenge! :)

    7. LOVE this list! Wuthering Heights and Persuasion are two of my personal favourites and I can't wait to hear what you think about Ghosts :)

    8. Thank you :) I'm looking forward to Ghosts, the only Ibsen I have read is A Doll's House, and I really loved it, so I can't think why I haven't read any more!



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