Yet another reading challenge! Yay! I love classics–I burned through quite a few last year, sadly, so I can’t read them for this challenge. It’s good that there are so many from which to chose!
1. A 19th Century Classic — any book published between 1800 and 1899: The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins (1859).
2. A 20th Century Classic — any book published between 1900 and 1965. Just like last year, all books must have been published at least 50 years ago to qualify as a classic. The only exception is books that were published posthumously but written at least 50 years ago.): The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner (1929).
3. A Classic by a Woman Author: The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton (1905).
4. A Classic in Translation. As in last year’s category, this can be any classic book originally written or a published in a language that is not your first language. Feel free to read it in its original form if you are comfortable reading in another language: Madam Bovary, Gustave Flaubert (1857).
5. A Very Long Classic Novel — a single work of 500 pages or longer. This does not include omnibus editions combined into one book, or short story collections: The Way We Live Now, Anthony Trollope (1875).
6. A Classic Novella — any work shorter than 250 pages. For a list of suggestions, check out this list of World’s Greatest Novellas from Goodreads: The End of an Affair, Graham Greene (1951).
7. A Classic with a Person’s Name in the Title. First name, last name, or both, it doesn’t matter, but it must have the name of a character. David Copperfield, The Brothers Karamazov, Don Quixote — something like that. It’s amazing how many books are named after people: Adam Bede, George Eliot (1859).
8. A Humorous or Satirical Classic. Humor is very subjective, so this one is open to interpretation. Just tell us in the review why you think it’s funny or satirical. For example, if you think that Crime and Punishment and funny, go ahead and use it, but please justify your choice in your post: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, Laurence Sterne (1759).
9. A Forgotten Classic. This could be a lesser-known work by a famous author, or a classic that nobody reads any more: Sartoris, William Faulkner (1929).
10. A Nonfiction Classic. A memoir, biography, essays, travel, this can be any nonfiction work that’s considered a classic, or a nonfiction work by a classic author: In Cold Blood, Truman Capote (1965).
11. A Classic Children’s Book. A book for your inner child! Pick a children’s classic that you never got around to reading: The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien (1937).
12. A Classic Play. Your choice, any classic play, as long as it was published or performed before 1965: The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde (1859).