Back to the Classics Challenge 2012

Here it is not even the end of November, and I’ve made my first resolution:  to read more classics.  Please read this post for more information about the reading challenge, hosted by Sarah of Sarah Reads Too Much.  It’s a great reason for me to read books I’ve been meaning to read for ages.  Please join in. 

I’ve included my prelimary list of nine picks below.

  • Any 19th Century Classic:  David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • Any 20th Century Classic:  Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre
  • Reread a Classic of Your Choice:  Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky translation)
  • A Classic Play:  The Tempest  by William Shakespeare
  • Classic Mystery/Horror/Crime Fiction:  The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • Classic Romance:  Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (Lydia Davis translation)
  • Read a Classic that has been translated from the original language to your language:  The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass
  • Classic Award Winner:  The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor (1972 National Book Award for Fiction)
  • Read a Classic set in a country that you (realistically speaking) will never visit:  Petals of Blood by Ngugi wa Thiong’o (Kenya)

Happy reading!