It’s been ages since I participated in any kind of reading challenge. It’s also been ages since I was reading classics regularly. This latter fact, I want to rectify, and it seems like Karen’s Back to the Classics challenge would be a good way to help me along.
There are a couple works that I know I want to read for the challenge. Earth by Emil Zola is one. It has been sitting on my shelves for too long, and I love both the author and the translator! Another is Rosmersholm by Henrik Ibsen. I love Ibsen, and this particular play came to my attention when it prefaced each chapter in Lethal White. I also have a few classics that I haven’t read in ages that I’d like to revisit. I’m not sure if rereads count for the challenge, but possibilities include:
- Return of the Native – Thomas Hardy (last read in 2010)
- White Fang – Jack London (last read when I was around 12 years old, and an abridged copy at that)
- Phantom of the Opera – Gaston Leroux (last read in 2008)
- Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier (last read in 2009)
- To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (last read sometime in the 90s and I don’t remember it at all)
- A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole (read in college but don’t remember it at all)
Other possibilities: perhaps I’ll read something by Anthony Trollope finally, or one of Hardy’s novels that I haven’t yet read, or In Cold Blood by Capote, or something by Baldwin finally, or more by Zora Neale Hurston. I’m not sure. Karen has all sorts of possible categories on the sign-up page for the classics challenge (link above). I’m sure I’ll find something. One of the reasons I’ve stayed away from classics for so long is that for more than a decade they were just about the only thing I read, and I read hundreds of them, exhausting my TBR classics list! I have to hunt out new ones to read, find some less-famous works. So we’ll see. I’m excited to see what comes of all this.
Books read, by category:
- 19th century classic: Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
- Classic play: Rosmersholm by Henrik Ibsen
- Classic novella: The Christmas Hirelings by Mary Elizabeth Braddon