Back to the Classics 2012

My favorite reading challenge of 2011 is back this year with more categories! Woo hoo! And even though I’m still working on the 2011 challenge, it’s time to sign-up for 2012 challenges. If you want to take a look at the rules and sign-up, check out Sarah Reads Too Much.

Here are this year’s categories with some thoughts on what I’m going to read:

  • Any 19th Century Classic – I still haven’t read a 19th Century classic for THIS year’s challenge, so I have NO idea. I own many titles from the century so I can choose from Jane Eyre (1847), The Count of Monte Cristo (1845), Little Women (1868), Great Expectations (1861), and many more.
  • Any 20th Century Classic – I’m probably going to stick with reading a Pulitzer Prize winner for this one simply because I do want to make progress on that project next year.
  • Reread a classic of your choice – Definitely The Hobbit. 
  • A Classic Play – I’m definitely going to read some Shakespeare! Perhaps Much Ado About Nothing.
  • Classic Mystery/Horror/Crime Fiction – I’ve been planning to read some old school Stephen King, maybe The Shining.
  • Classic Romance – Umm…suggestions?
  • Read a Classic that has been translated from its original language to your language - Oh boy…again, suggestions? Perhaps something Russian, Japanese? Tolstoy? Murakami? Garcia Marquez? Coelho?
  • Classic Award Winner – Again…probably something from the Pulitzer list. OR a National Book Award winner…decisions, decisions.
  • Read a Classic set in a Country that you (realistically speaking) will not visit during your lifetime – Again…suggestions?

0 thoughts on “Back to the Classics 2012”

  1. Thanks for signing up again!! I don’t have much in the way of suggestions yet, as I am still working on my list…. but I think I may read Anna Karenina for my translation….. I’m probably sticking to the Pulitzer list for my award winner too and for the Impossible Country? I may read The Stranger by Albert Camus…. really not sure – still – and I’ve had the longest to think about titles!

  2. Anna Karenina is very good — I’m currently reading it. But I think I picked Hugo for my translation. For a classic romance, I 100% recommend Jane Eyre! :-)

    I went with Ancient Greece for the final category (Homer), though some folks are picking a fantasy classic for that one. EX: Lord of the Rings. Since you’re reading The Hobbit, it could be a great follow-up, if you haven’t already read it.

    Little Women? AWESOME story. I’m making it my reread for this challenge. :-)

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