More Classics…

I mentioned this is in my first post of the year, that with temptations and much hand wringing I have given in and decided to participate in yet another Reading Challenge (I seem always to forget that I have a highly stressful day job and reading is not the  primary vocation of my life…Sigh! If only things could be reversed! If wishes were horses and all that!) Anyway, Lois at You, Me and a Cup of Tea is holding a fabulous reading event called The 12 Month Classics Challenge. She is extremely flexible about the rules, her only guiding principle being, read and enjoy good Classics over the next 12 months. She has set some wonderful themes for each month, which affords variation and destroys any sense of sameness or monotony. It was this theme of the month thing that really got me hooked and convinced me that I NEED to be a part of this. Therefore without any further ado, I bring you the themes for The 12 Month Reading Challenge along with my selections for the month –


  • January-A classic you’ve always wanted to read- Start the year off with a bang! 1984 by George Orwell
  • February-A classic you’ve always dreaded reading- Get that book out of the way… and who knows! You may end up loving it! The Fortune of the Rougons or La Fortune des Rougon by Emile Zola
  • March-A classic you’ve been recommended- We all have those The Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti
  • April-A classic you’ve seen the movie/miniseries/TV show of- If you’re like me you’ve probably seen quite a few film versions before being able to read the book. It’s time for that book to get read! I am not much of a TV/Movie watcher so this one was tough, except I just recollected having watched The Murder at Rue Morgue a couple of days ago and thinking it would read better. Therefore The Murder at Rue Morgue by Edgar Alan Poe
  • May-An American classic –  Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
  • June-A British classic –  Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
  • July-A European classic (non-British) The Dolls House by Henrik Ibsen
  • August-A modern classic- Up to your interpretation – The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
  • September-A children’s classic – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis (This one is especially for you Cleo and your devotion to CS Lewis)
  • October-A classic by a female author – O Pioneers by Willa Cather
  • November-A classic by a male author- Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
  • December-A classic written under a pseudonym- If you don’t know which books were written under pseudonyms here’s a few names to help you out. Jane Austen wrote her books under a pseudonym (by a lady) as did the Bronte sisters (published their books under male pseudonyms), George Elliot (real name Mary Ann Evans) and Agatha Christie also wrote a few books under the Pseudonym Mary Westmacott.  Men who also have written under Pseudonyms are Mark Twain (real name Samuel L. Clemens) and Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson). I’m sure there’s more out there but there’s a few to start you out. – Out of Afrika by Isak Dinesen aka Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke

So that’s list and the plan…Some books I have been really looking forward to reading and some which I have been dreading! But this challenge is a good place to get me started and finish some books that have been on my TBR forever! Hang around and I will keep you all posted of my endeavour!

17 thoughts on “More Classics…

  1. Good luck! I definitely want to read more classics as well and doing a challenge seems like a good way to do it. Feel slightly embarrassed that I still haven’t read a Bronte book despite owning three!

    1. Doing a challenge, does get one to read stuff that one would not usually venture into…Don’t worry about not reading Bronte, there are loads of famous author’s I have not read…the world is filled with books and we cannot possibly have read all! Besides while I love Jane Eyre, I give Wuthering Heights i a large berth! 😉

  2. This sounds like an easy challenge, but I will be responsible and not add anything more to my plate …. (yes, I’m acting completely out of character! 😉 ). I’m so happy that you’ll be reading a Zola and the first in the Rougon-Marquart series! Can I join you in July for The Dolls House? It’s on my CC list. You can’t go wrong with Cather and Out of Africa was a wonderful read. And yes, Lewis and his quotes seem to pop out of my head at such unexpected times. I hope you’re able to read his The Great Divorce one day. It’s an easy read but is particularly fascinating. And just to shock you, I didn’t actually read all the books of Narnia until a couple of years ago (I think I’d only read half of them until then). Did you at least gasp? In any case, I’m glad finally read them all.

    Give Wuthering Heights a large berth?!!! But what about the rooooomance??? (Sorry, I couldn’t resist! 😉 )

    1. Cleo …responsible about reading?????Ok! I will take your word for it! I am quite anxious about Zola; have not liked too many French authors in the past (namely Flaubert and Hugo) but Zola is considered very different from the two, so let me tread on! Of course you can join me for Ibsen…Dolls House has been on my TBR for ever and I think its high time I read him! I loved My Antonia so am really excited about O! Pioneers! I loved the movie Out of Africa so am really interested in the book! I will try and read The Great Divorce of these days …but I am SHOCKED! You did not read Narnia like until recently???? My God! How did you manage that? Now I don’t feel tooooo bad of having never read even a single Narnia! (Hah! you did not see that one coming!) If Wuthering Heights is romance, then I don’t want any…give me a Fritzwilliam Darcy or Captain Alex Randall any day…calm, loyal and noble loves to passionate, madness and violence!! If the latter is romance, I am becoming a Nun!

      1. I dislike Flaubert so far, but I LOVED Les Miserables (the only Hugo I’ve read if you don’t count his poetry). Even his ramblings about the sewer system in Paris were interesting.

        Re: Wuthering Heights ….. I see that I was able to raise your blood pressure …. 😉

      2. I need to re-visit Hugo….have not read him in a decade! Flaubert is beyond me even if I re-read him, like I did a year ago! Wuthering Heights…OMG!!!!

  3. Ah, I didn’t see this challenge last October. : ( Like I need more reading challenges.

    I tried reading Out of Africa, but I stopped b/c it is nothing like the movie!!! (I love the movie.) But I won’t give up on it, and I expect to try it again in the next few years. It’s really beautiful writing about Africa, but there was nothing of the relationships that the author had, which is what I really wanted.

    1. Hahhaaaa…Ruth I have to agree! We don’t need another reading challenge in our lives, but this was an indulgence. 😉 i saw the movie (Out of Africa) like a zillion years ago and loved it and hence I thought of reading the book. Let me see what I can find…:)

  4. That does look like a fun challenge. I read Arrowsmith last year and *loved* it. I also read Out of Africa and found it… weird. I’ll be interested to hear what you have to say about it.

    1. I heard of Arrowsmith at an impressionable age of 14 when an doctor uncle of mine told me that this novel and Citadel showed the profound struggle of doctors everywhere. i have read Citadel many times since then and loved it….but never got around to Arrowsmith! Needless to say, I am REALLY looking forward to it! You and Ruth are giving me similar vibes of Out of Africa…I will give it a shot and then see! Will keep you posted for sure! 🙂

  5. A very nice variety! Have you read Lion Witch and Wardrobe before? I never read it as a kid but read it as an adult several years ago. If you can manage it, have some of the candy “Turkish delight” on hand when you start the book. It will add the atmosphere 🙂

    1. hahhhaaa! thank you for the heads up on Turkish Delight! Will surely have it around. I have never read the LIon, The Witch and the Wardrobe, so I am really excited about it!

  6. I’ve only read a few of these but you can’t go wrong with Dickens or Lewis. I only discovered Cather and Garcia Marquez last year (different novels than yours), but I loved em both. Enjoy.

    1. Dickens I swear by. I have not read any Lewis so I am really looking forward to it! And Marquez has been on my list for FOREVER! I cannot let another year pass without reading him!

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