The 12 Month Classics Challenge – 2016

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- One Hundred Years of Solicitude, 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!