I finished! Here’s what I ended up reading:
- Any 19th Century Classic – The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
- Any 20th Century Classic – Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.
- Reread a classic of your choice – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
- 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).
- 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).
This challenge has been a lot of fun. I’ve been meaning to get back into reading some classics for years now, and while I was just starting to get into it slowly over the last year, this really helped me along.
I read my first Shakespeare since high school and enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I finally returned to finish Nineteen Eighty-Four and loved it. I made it through my first Faulkner finally, after having previously failed my first attempt. It’s been a fantastic shove in the right direction, and I plan to continue on from here with The Classics Club. I’ll join the 2013 challenge next year if Sarah decides to host it again.