Once again, Karen at Books and Chocolate is running the ‘Back to the Classics’ challenge. This year (2015) I crashed and burned in this challenge, and only finished one book. This was mostly due to poor book choices, and the fact that most of them were on my kindle (which I broke). I tried to pick it up on the kindle app on my tablet, but I’d lost my place, and couldn’t be bothered finding it again…that particular book is not on my list this year!
So which books are on my list this year? I present the list below. I’m so excited about some of them that I’m sort of disappointed I can’t start reading until January 1st!
1. A 19th Century Classic – Leo Tolstoy – Anna Karenina (1878)
2. A 20th Century Classic – Franz Kafka – The Trial (1925)
3. A classic by a woman author – Louisa May Alcott – An Old-Fashioned Girl (1869)
4. A classic in translation – Naguib Mahfouz – The Mirage (1948)
5. A classic by a non-white author – Zora Neale Hurston – Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)
6. An adventure classic – Rudyard Kipling – Kim (1901)
7. A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic – Jules Verne – Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864)
8. A classic detective novel – Ngaio Marsh – A Man Lay Dead (1934)
9. A classic which includes the name of a place in the title – E. M. Forster – A Passage to India (1924)
10. A classic which has been banned or censored – Aldous Huxley – Brave New World (1932)
11. Re-read a classic you read in school (high school or college) – Charles Dickens – Great Expectations (1861)
12. A volume of classic short stories – Andrew Lang (Editor) – The Pink Fairy Book (1897)