Since I started this blog, I have been following other book-loving bloggers that actually write posts about books. With some envy, I have noticed that many of them participate in different challenges, readathons, and whatnot. It looked like fun! So this year, I’ll try out my own strength at reading challenges. I have chosen ‘Back to the Classics Challenge 2018’ organized by
1. A 19th-century classic – any book published between 1800 and 1899.
I’m thinking about Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter.”
2. A 20th-century classic – any book published between 1900 and 1968.
I have my eye on this one for a while now, and I think it’s time make closer acquaintance with Gabriel García Márquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude” (I have heard so many good things that I have no idea why I haven’t read it yet).
3. A classic by a woman author
I’m planning to read one of Charlotte Brontë’s books.
4. A classic in translation
Well, this can be basically anything. I might tackle something from a Russian or a French author. I’ll need to think about it some more.
5. A children’s classic
Uhh, I don’t know (not my genre at all…). This will require more research!
6. A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction
I might re-read something from Agatha Christie. I used to love her books as a teenager. It might be time to revisit one of my old favorites that I’ve totally forgotten.
7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction
Again, not my usual genre of choice, but I might try reading Thor Heyerdahl’s “Kon-Tiki: Across The Pacific In A Raft.”
8. A classic with a single-word title
I might settle for Yevgeny Zamyatin’s “We.” Not that many books with one-word titles out there as I imagined.
9. A classic with a color in the title
I think I owe it to Anne to finally read L.M. Montgomery’s “Anne of Green Gables.”
10. A classic by an author that’s new to you
I think the options are endless with this one. I might pick a Latvian author to include some local literature in the challenge.
11. A classic that scares you
There are quite a few scary big books like Victor Hugo’s “Les Misérables” or Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina.” I’ll have to assess my stamina and endurance before jumping on this adventure.
12. Re-read a favorite classic
I won’t be original because one of my guilty girly pleasures is Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” Seriously, I don’t know how many times I’ve read the book or watched the BBC adaptation.
I have to confess that I hope to get through 6 categories in 2018 (especially if I have a go at one of the scary books) – that’s my realistic objective with all the other readings I’ll have to do. On the other hand, I might surprise myself if my chosen books turn out to be page turners. We’ll just have to wait and see the result at the end of this year! 🙂