Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Back To The Classics Challenge 2012

PhotobucketThis sounds like a fun challenge for next year. It's being hosted by Sarah at Sarah Reads Too Much. I haven't done a year long challenge before and I really enjoyed choosing my books which are as follows:

Nineteen Century Classic      
Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope. I haven't read any Trollope before and have been meaning to. This is the first in the series of the Palliser novels.

Twentieth Century Classic
Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald. This has been on my TBR shelf for a while now, so it's a good reason to get it down.

Re-read Classic
Wuthering Heights. It's been a while since I read this, so it's due a re-read.

Classic play
A Midsummer Nights Dream by William Shakespeare. I never read plays and I very very rarely go to the theatre so this will stretch me a bit I think.

Classic Mystery/Horror/Crime
A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle. I'm working my way through Agatha Christie's books at the moment and I suppose I could've used one of those. But I've been wanting to read some Holmes since the I saw the BBC production with Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock.

Classic Romance
Tristan and Isolde. This was the hardest one to pick. I don't read a lot of romance. No idea how this one will go.

Translated Classic
Anna Karenina. I think the only Russian novel I have ever read is Crime and Punishment, so I felt this was a good opportunity to read another one.

Classic Award Winner
The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter. Winner of the John Llewellyn-Rhys Prize in 1968.

Classic set in a country you will realistically never visit.
Tales From The Thousand and One Nights. I've been wanting to explore this book since watching Richard E Grant's tv programme about the tales.

So, there's at least some of my reading sorted out for 2012.


  1. Good luck with this. I have yet to decide whether I am going to take part in any challenges or just see how the mood takes me.

  2. Great Selection!!! I still have to decide what to pick for each category - the hardest will be the reread as I have read so many wonderful classics already!

  3. I am a big fan of the Sherlock Holmes canon. I also would recommend 'The House of Silk' by Anthony Horowitz. This pastiche captures the essence of the Holmes canon.

    Check out my review .