I’ve finally finished a reading challenge…like REALLY finished it. Every category is checked off! The 19th Century Classic was the most difficult because I’ve realized that I only like Jane Austen, but re-reading one of my favorite authors would’ve been cheating.
So after putting off Jane Eyre and Little Women until next year, I finally picked The Time Machine (1895) by H.G. Wells. As a casual reader of science fiction, I figured it was time to read one of the first major (though only a novella) works in the genre. And I have to say, I didn’t hate it…but I didn’t LOVE it. While the Time Traveller’s adventure was interesting and I enjoyed reading ideas that I’ve seen built into other books I’ve read, it just didn’t grab me. What surprised me most though was how modern it felt. There were passages that startled me with how true they still are…ideas about nature, class, and technology.
While I didn’t love it, I’m glad I read it. And now I want to read The Map of Time by Felix J Palma even more.
Back to the Classics 2011 = COMPLETE!
- A Banned Book (The Giver)
- A Book with a Wartime Setting (The Killer Angels)
- A Pulitzer Prize (Fiction) Winner or Runner Up (The Age of Innocence)
- A Children’s/Young Adult Classic (The Secret Garden)
- 19th Century Classic (The Time Machine)
- 20th Century Classic (The Handmaid’s Tale)
- A Book you think should be considered a 21st Century Classic (A Visit from the Goon Squad)
- Re-Read a book from your High School/College Classes (The Great Gatsby)