On top of signing up for the 50 Book Pledge and joining the Green Gables Readalong, I wanted to push myself further when reading this year. So, I am challenging myself to read 12 “classic novels” in 2015.
Well, I read mostly contemporary literary fiction and tend to put off reading the books that somehow didn’t appear on my university English Literature courses syllabi.
After a shout out for “classics” suggestions last month, many of you gave me great suggestions. Thank you! (Please note: I use the term “classic” loosely. I cheated and included a few books from written in the early 1900s. A couple of book were even written post-WWII.)
I’ll write one “classic” review per month in the form of a Top 5 Highlights list. Here are the “Reading the Classics Challenge” picks I will be reviewing in 2015:
January: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
February: Dracula by Bram Stoker
March: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
April: Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
May: Frost in May by Antonia White
June: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
July: Villette by Charlotte Brontë
August: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
September: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
October: Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk
November: Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
December: Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I figure if I write it here, for all to see, I cannot back down. Right?
How will you challenge yourself to read more or read differently in 2015? Want to join me in the Reading the Classics Challenge in 2015? Make up your own list of not-yet-read “classics.” Read at your own pace. Let us know how you make out on social media with #ReadingtheClassicsin2015. Good luck!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!