My first challenge is the Back to the Classics Challenge being hosted by Karen K. There are twelve categories; however, she has designed three levels of competition. I am going for all twelve. I had already made a promise to myself to read more classics so this is just the impetus I need. Without further ado, here is my list:
2. A 20th Century Classic - Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
3. A Classic by a Woman Author - Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
4. A Classic in Translation - Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert
5. A Very Long Classic Novel - Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (I have Middlemarch by George Eliot on my TBR list so I may substitute this. I guess it just depends on which I go to first.)
6. A Classic Novella: Metamorphosis by Franz Kalfka
7. A Classic with a Person's Name in it - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark (This one may not qualify; however it fits the 50 year qualification as it was published in 1961. Ok just barely. I will find a substitute if it is disqualified)
8. A Humorous or Satirical Classic - Penrod by Booth Tarkington (This is a difficult category for me. I do not like satire and don't usually drift toward comedies. In addition, the titles I would have chosen were written too recently.)
11. A Classic Children's Book - Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
12. A Classic Play - This is the only category that stumps me. I just haven't been able to choose. If I can't come up with one Shakespeare is a fall back. I will choose and post it later.
Here it is. I am excited and can't wait to get started. Ideally, I will do one a month but more than likely I will get on a kick and do two or three. I do plan to participate in two or three more challenges so that may define reading patterns more clearly then.
Luckily, I have a stack of books from the library for the end of the year. I won't be tempted to cheat and begin early. I don't want to be disqualified from my first challenge.