Yes, you may be thinking – Anna, how many challenges are you taking on this year? However, since they mostly all have to do with reading classics, I think they fit.
Basically, this is the challenge. You need to read one book from each category.
Here are my ideas of what I think I shall read for this challenge.
1. 19th Century Classic
The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
2. 20th Century Classic
1984 by George Orwell.
3. Classic by a Woman Author
Either Persuasion or Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen will go here. I have both left to read on my list of Austen’s novels to finish.
4. Classic in Translation
I am planning to read Anna Karenina this year, but this could also count for #7, so we’ll see if I move it to #7 or count it for both! Perhaps a Dostoevsky here instead.
5. Classic Comic Novel
My dad loves P. G. Wodehouse, so I hope to try one of his this year!
6. Classic Tragic Novel
See #4 for Anna Karenina. I will try to find something else for this category as I’d like to try and do a different book for each category.
7. Very Long Classic
See #4. Or perhaps Dickens, like David Copperfield.
8. Classic Novella
Maybe I’ll try giving Heart of Darkness another try. Or maybe not.
9. Classic From the Americas
TBD. I read a bunch of Brazilian works last year, so I may continue on that streak, or ask my Argie friend for a recommendation.
10. Classic From Africa, Asia, Or Oceania
TBD again. I may ask my Aussie friend for a recommendation, or look for something from Africa or Asia since I am very unversed in that area of fiction.
11. Classic From a Place You’ve Lived
It’s hard to find old Canadian classics and I’ve already read Wacousta, so I’m thinking I will try to go search up Susanna Moodie’s Roughing It in the Bush.
12. Classic Play
I’ve been meaning to read The Importance of Being Earnest for a while now. This is my year.