Sarah Reads Too Much is hosting a reading challenge next year, and I thought I’d join in and get some of those classics off my to-read pile. The challenge is to read one book that covers each of the nine categories she’s specified.
Here are my tentative choices, suggestions always welcome:
- Any 19th Century Classic – The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
- Any 20th Century Classic – Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. I read half of this in high school and didn’t finish. While I was never a model student, I did at least enjoy the readings. This is the one book I didn’t finish, and it’s haunted me ever since.
- Reread a classic of your choice – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This was also assigned reading in high school, but I think I might have burned through it a little too quickly. I didn’t find it that memorable, but this seems to be listed as a favourite of many well-read people, so it’s probably worth a revisit.
- A Classic Play – The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare.
- Classic Mystery/Horror/Crime Fiction – The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
- Classic Romance – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
- Read a Classic that has been translated from its original language to your language – Solaris by Stanisław Lem (translated from Polish).
- Classic Award Winner – As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (Nobel Prize in Literature). I tried this once years ago and didn’t get far. I shall try it again.
- Read a Classic set in a Country that you (realistically speaking) will not visit during your lifetime – Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (Congo Free State).