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Yet Another Reading Challenge: Back to the Classics

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.

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