Thursday, December 11, 2014

Back to the Classics Challenge 2015


First post and first reading challenge! I am so excited to participate in this reading challenge from Karen's Books and Chocolate blog.

You can find more information about the challenge at her blog, but the general idea is to read a classic from twelve different categories in 2015. I have put my preliminary choices below, but, truthfully, will probably change my mind at least twelve times before next January! My competitive instincts have been aroused (I can't help it; we get them installed when we pass the bar) so I'm aiming to complete all twelve categories. This is also a great chance to make some progress through my Kindle (and real) to be read pile.

I can't wait to get started; I'm almost sad that I have to wait until January 1, 2015 to begin.

My (preliminary) picks:

1. A 19th Century Classic -- The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
2. A 20th Century Classic -- The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton - completed 4/12/15
(The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton)
3. A Classic by a Woman Author -- Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
4. A Classic in Translation -- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
5. A Very Long Classic Novel -- Middlemarch by George Eliot
6. A Classic Novella -- The Awakening by Kate Chopin
7. A Classic with a Person's Name in the Title -- Mapp and Lucia by E.F. Benson
8. A Humorous or Satirical Classic -- Tom Sawyer, Detective by Mark Twain
9. A Forgotten Classic -- The Home-Maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
10. A Nonfiction Classic -- Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
11. A Classic Children's Book -- The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
12. A Classic Play -- King Richard III by William Shakespeare


  1. So many great books on your list!! The Home-Maker is great, also Middlemarch, and House of Mirth is one of my all-time favorites. Thanks for signing up for my challenge!

  2. The House of Mirth is one of my top favourites! I've rarely seen such subtle and believable character development as I saw with the main character, Lily. As for Shakespeare, I just finished Richard II and LOVED it.

    Have a great classics challenge!

  3. I haven't finalised my list yet but yours looks good. I also like Edith Wharton and I'll be doing a Shakespeare play also. Enjoy your reading.

  4. Congratulations on starting your book blog! And joining your first challenge! I've done this one before and really liked it. I may have to do it again. Best of luck to you.

    I am also a lawyer who blogs about books, so I know who fun both can be!