Thursday, December 11, 2014

Back to the Classics Challenge 2015

via Books and Chocolate

Thinking I have room for another year-long reading challenge, I am joining this one.  Many of my choices are surpluses from other challenges: if I had multiple books listed in a category, they were inserted here so that every book has a better chance of being read. I don't want any book to feel excluded, in case books have feelings. 

The rules: HERE!

The categories and my choices (as I hope to cover all twelve):

1.  A 19th Century Classic - Dracula (1897), by Bram Stoker

2.  A 20th Century Classic - The Grapes of Wrath (1939), by John Steinbeck

3.  A Classic by a Woman Author - Persuasion (1927), by Jane Austen

4.  A Classic in Translation - La Fortune des Rougon (1871), by Émile Zola 

5.  A Very Long Classic Novel East of Eden (1952), by John Steinbeck

6.  A Classic Novella -- Metamorphosis (1915), by Frank Kafka

7.  A Classic with a Person's Name in the Title - Robinson Crusoe (1719), by Daniel Defoe

8.  A Humorous or Satirical Classic - Lord of the Flies (1954), by William Golding

9.  A Forgotten Classic - A Journal of the Plague Year (1722), by Daniel Defoe

10.  A Nonfiction Classic - Life on the Mississippi (1883), by Mark Twain  Cannot finish

11.  A Classic Children's Book - Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame (1908)

12.  A Classic Play - "A Doll's House," by Henrik Ibsen (1879)


Fanda Classiclit said...

Ruth, you wrote "Dracula by James Fenimore Cooper" for the 19th century category! :D
Great choices, by the way...
For the play, if you don't feel like reading Shakespeare, may I suggest one of Oscar Wilde's? Importance of being Ernest is hilarious, or An Ideal Husband for its wittiness (and more conflict than Importance).

Lois Tinúviel said...

I second Oscar Wilde's plays but I do love Shakespeare. :)
Have fun with this challenge!

Ruth said...

Opps! I had The Last of the Mohicans listed prior, then changed it. Thanks for catching it.

As for the plays: I did read the Importance of Being Ernest, and saw the film. I have to read it again for my WEM plays. I thought of listing it, but I wanted to do something different. Maybe I'll look into An Ideal Husband.

Ruth said...

Thanks! OK, I will look deeper into Oscar Wilde's plays.

o said...

East of Eden - man, I must get around to reading this! I loved Grapes of Wrath so much. I don't have it listed for my 2015 challenges, but I might actually get round to it this month.

Secret Garden and Wind in the Willows are wonderful - I think Wind in the Willows is my absolute favourite! It's rather influenced by The Odyssey if I remember correctly.

Hurrah for Zola! :D

Karen K. said...

Great choices! I love Zola -- do you mean "The Fortunes of the Rougons"? Haven't read that one yet, but I've liked or loved nearly everything I've read by Zola. (Except Nana.) Bleak House and Persuasion are also favorites, and East of Eden is wonderful.

I'm also planning on something by Oscar Wilde, though I'm also thinking about Richard III.

Thanks for signing up for the Back to the Classics Challenge!

Jillian said...

Or, you could do A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen:

"How snug and nice our home is, Nora. You’re safe here; I’ll keep you like a hunted dove I’ve rescued out of a hawk’s claws. I’ll bring peace to your poor, shuddering heart.”

(1879) :-)

Jillian said...

East of Eden is EXCELLENT. & if you haven't read A Secret Garden you will like it, I think. One of my favorites.

Ruth said...

I need to find a place to put East of Eden. It's over 500 pages, so I have to keep it separate from Bleak House, if I choose to read it, which I do want to do. I may have to do it toward the end of the 2015 b/c Grapes of Wrath is over 600. I have to plan out my reads b/c I don't have a lot of time. : (

WITW is a fun read, and I want an excuse to read it to my younger ones. I had no idea it had some Odyssey effects. More of a reason to choose it b/c we are doing Greek history this year.

Ruth said...

Yes, I mean that title. I wanted to start from the beginning of Les Rougon-Macquart series.

I never cared for plays until now. I've started looking at all possibilities. Who knows! I may have found a new favorite genre.

Ruth said...

When my 15-year old was in 4th grade, we read Secret Garden together, and I did love it. I dreamed of having a garden just like that one in the story. Of course, I live in the desert, so...that's that.

Cleo said...

Oh good, so we'll be reading Persuasion together! I can't wait to read East of Eden but I'm not sure if I'll get to it this year. Robinson Crusoe is a great favourite of mine. You have a great list of books there. Now I have some more ideas for 2015!

Carol said...

I had no idea what to pick for the satirical/humorous classic so I'll keep Catch-22 in mind.

Ruth said...

Carol, Here's Goodreads' list of popular satire books, in case you want to keep looking: I almost put Animal Farm on mine.

Ruth said...

Thanks! Yep! We'll be reading Persuasion together. And me, too, on East of Eden. Cannot wait!

Carol said...

Thanks Ruth. We listened to Animal Farm on audio a couple of years ago & thought it was hilarious.

Jillian said...

I just joined. No idea if I'll actually make it beyond a week! :P

Lory said...

Your list looks quite exciting. Just posted mine!

Ruth said...

I ordered a copy of this for my iCloud. I read the summary and thought, "Oh, that's me."