Linda, I cannot believe I’m here! I thought I would not want to do a challenge again (since at one point in the year I just wanted to read what I wanted to read, 🙂 ). But the friends, the lists, the thrill, were too hard to resist. I love book lists, even if to just get excited with the possibilities.
|Another picture of my dear friend Heather’s books|
COMPLETED 1. A 19th Century Classic – Any (or many, -grin) books by Galdós, probably Miau. I ended up reading
COMPLETED 2. A 20th Century Classic – Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton. It was first published in 1948. If I run out of time, I’d swoop this for my book club title,
COMPLETED 3. A classic by a woman author.
COMPLETED 4. A classic in translation. The Prince, Machiavelli. I changed it for
4. Farewell to Arms by Heminway in Spanish.Yes, I’m that weird.
COMPLETED 5. A classic by a non-white author. Can be African-American, Asian, Latino, Native American, etc.
I also listened to
5.b El Coronel no tiene quien le escriba, which could also go in this category.
COMPLETED 6. An adventure classic – Tom Sawyer, or Adventures with a Texas Naturalist (not so much a ‘known classic’, but hey, it was written and published in 1947 by Roy Bedichek). I read to my family
6.a Wild Animals I Have Known by Seton, Ernest Thompson, 1898
6. b and Around the World in 72 Days, by Nellie Bly.
COMPLETED 7. A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic. I will re-read any of this: 1984, Brave New World, or Fahrenheit 451. I ended up re-reading my adolescence favorite title:
COMPLETED 8. A classic detective novel. The Nine Tailors, Dorothy Sayers. (Because it’s a title I owe, and it will be my second title with Lord Peter and Harriet Vane.) There is a book I want to read in this category, but I don’t owe it (why is it all the books I don’t have are the ones I desperately want to read), it’s by a Swedish Swiss (thanks to the person who told me in the comments) author, and I’ve heard they deal with this genre in a very different way we are used to. I don’t know if I’ll end up getting it). I‘ve added The Pledge, Durrenmatt, Friedrich (but I finished it in December!) I ended up reading,
COMPLETED 9. A classic which includes the name of a place in the title. The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I love Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter and his books for children, so it’s time I give him more attention. I’m moving
COMPLETED 10. A classic which has been banned or censored.
10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. The reasons for it to be banned are the racial content, profanity, and references to rape have caused many to challenge the book and have the novel removed from school libraries and classrooms. It may not be suited for children.
COMPLETED 11. Re-read a classic you read in school (high school or college).
I may be more ambitious and read The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann again, I don’t know what 2016 will bring.
COMPLETED 12. A volume of classic short stories. The Martian Chronicles, by Bradbury. This one could go in the fantasy category. I started reading it again, but stopped at a few pages, so I’ll wait for 2016 and read it for this category, or do ’10 Cuentos’ by Borges.
12. I read 22 Great Classic Stories, Unabridged.
And this is my 2016 Back to the Classics WRAP UP POST.