Below are the books I read in each category.
1. A 19th Century Classic: Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
2. A 20th Century Classic: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
3. A Classic by a Woman Author: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
4. A Classic in Translation: The Ladies Paradise by Emile Zola
5. A Very Long Classic Novel: The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
6. A Classic Novella: The Pearl by John Steinbeck
7. A Classic With a Person’s Name in the Title: Madam Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
8. A Humorous or Satirical Classic: Barbara Buncle’s Book by D. E. Stevenson
9. A Forgotten Classic: Doña Perfecta by Benito Perez Galdos
10. A Nonfiction Classic: An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope
11. A Classic Children’s Book: Roverandom by J. R. R. Tolkien
12. A Classic Play: The School for Scandal by Richard Sheridan
I wrote detailed reviews of each of the twelve books I read so I won’t repeat myself here, but I do want to say a few words about some of the books that stood out to me.
I discovered some wonderful books this year and I enjoyed almost all of them. I say “almost” because there was one that left me feeling blah when I finished it.
There were several authors that I met for the first time this year, and two especially that I hope to include in my 2016 reading; Anthony Trollope and Benito Perez Galdos.
If I had to choose my favorite book read it wouldn’t even be one of the “official” twelve. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope is probably the book I enjoyed most of all and had the most difficulty putting down. Even though I was pretty sure how it would end it didn’t diminish the book’s appeal. Definitely a book to put on your “to be read” pile.
At the other end of the spectrum, the book that ends up at the bottom of my list is Madam Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. That story was just plain depressing to me. I almost felt as if I’d wasted my time reading it. No offense to those out there who count this as a favorite. Different strokes for different folks as they say.
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather was almost poetic to me. She has such a beautiful way with words! I look forward to reading more of her books in the near future.
Of my original list of books to be read in the 2015 Reading Challenge I had only listed books for ten of the twelve categories. Two of the categories I was unsure about. But of those ten I only read three of my original choices! The other nine books I chose along the way.
I do plan to participate in the 2016 Reading Challenge and will be posting my potential choices in the next week or so. It will be interesting to see how closely I follow that list!