I don’t like to stress myself too much when it comes to reading but I enjoyed catching up and discovering new classics throughout 2018; therefore, I’ve decided to sign up for another round. So, I’m joining the ‘Back to the Classics Challenge 2019’ organized by
1. A 19th-century classic – any book published between 1800 and 1899.
I think I should start getting rid of some major holes in my knowledge of classic’s authors. So I think I will finally attempt to read something from Charles Dickens.
2. A 20th-century classic – any book published between 1900 and 1969.
Not to stray too far from some of my favorite genres, I should include some classic science fiction works. It might be Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451.”
3. A classic by a woman author
After a brief search of classic female authors, I have chosen Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca” (or it could be any other of her books).
4. A classic in translation
I like that this year some categories have a geographical component. So I thought to mix it up even more and search for some classic Scandinavian literature. I’ve landed on Knut Hamsun’s novels for now.
5. Classic Comic Novel.
I think humor is so subjective that I always struggle to find funny novels (until I have picked up something totally random and end up finding it hilarious). Therefore, I’ll leave my options for the classic comic novel open for now.
6. Classic Tragic Novel.
If comic novels are too difficult to find, tragic ones might be too many to choose from. However, I have read quite a few of those already and I’m not aiming to re-read something just yet. Therefore, I could go for something like John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men.”
7. Very Long Classic.
If I get around to it, I have Ayn Rand’s books in my reading wishlist already. I just might have a go at “The Fountainhead.”
8. Classic Novella.
How about a bit of horror for the autumn/winter season? Sometimes I like to expand my reading horizons genre-wise, so I think it might be worth trying to read something like Henry James’s “The Turn of the Screw.”
9. Classic From the Americas (includes the Caribbean).
I think I should pay some respect to Latin American authors by reading Julio Cortázar’s “Hopscotch.”
10. Classic From Africa, Asia, or Oceania (includes Australia).
This one is easy. I discovered Nevil Shute’s books in the last year’s challenge and I’m looking forward to reading some more. Both “On The Beach” and “The Chequer Board” are already on my reading wishlist.
11. Classic From a Place You’ve Lived.
I think it will require a bit of research; therefore, I’ll keep my options open for this category. All I know is that I will need to choose something related to London or Dresden – both cities where I have lived the longest besides my hometown.
12. Classic Play.
Oh no, not the plays! I might just go local or take something from Russian classics. I really can’t say. It’s one of my least favorite forms of literature, but I’ll do it if it remains the last category on the list before the year is out 🙂