Karen of Books and Chocolate (doesn’t that sound like a great combination!) has a Back to the Classics Challenge going on for 2015 and I thought I’d take on the challenge. I had already decided that I wanted to read more books this year but I wasn’t exactly sure what categories of books I would include.
I’m not particularly well read, I’m sorry to say, even after homeschooling for, it seems like a lifetime. Considering I followed the methods of Charlotte Mason with my children, it is rather pathetic just how poorly read I am. If you know anything about Charlotte Mason you know it means reading lots of living, classic, ageless books. I have read far too few of them, in fact, only a fraction of the books my children read as they were homeschooled through high school. Hence, they are much better read than I am and so I decided that now that I’m a retired homeschool mom it is high time I catch up with them, or at least make the attempt. So when I read about Karen’s challenge I thought it would be just the nudge I needed to get reading.
So, here are my plans, so far:
1. A 19th Century Classic: Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
2. A 20th Century Classic: Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
3. A Classic by a Woman Author: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
4. A Classic in Translation: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
5. A Very Long Classic Novel: ??
6. A Classic Novella: The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
7. A Classic With a Person’s Name in the Title: Villette by Charlotte Bronte
8. A Humorous or Satirical Classic: The Battle of the Books by Jonathan Swift
9. A Forgotten Classic: The King’s General by Daphne du Maurier
10. A Nonfiction Classic: ??
11. A Classic Children’s Book: Roverandom by J. R. R. Tolkien
12. A Classic Play: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Some of these books can fit into several categories which means I may sort them differently as I work through them and/or discover different books I’d rather read along the way.
I’ll keep you posted as I read!