This will be my third year participating in the Back to the Classics Reading Challenge hosted by Karen at Books and Chocolate. I am excited to begin and have a general idea of most of the books I hope to read. I’ve chosen titles for nine of the categories and of those nine three are authored by Anthony Trollope. Did I mention I’m a Trollope fan?
Only a few of these books actually reside on my bookshelves. I will likely buy several, and some I will read on kindle (not especially my favorite method of reading). I will probably also listen to one or two with the Hoopla app on my phone, while others will be checked out of the library.
3. A classic by a woman author ~ Maybe Jane Austen or Elizabeth Gaskell?
4. A classic in translation ~ Our Friend Manso by Benito Perez Galdos. My good friend Silvia introduced me to Galdos in the Fall of 2015. This will be my third title by him and I am looking forward to it.
5. A classic published before 1800 ~ The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith, published in 1766.
6. A romance classic ~ I’m going with Trollope again. He Knew He Was Right contains several romances. Looking at the cover below I’m guessing at least one of them doesn’t turn out too happily. But again, how can you go wrong with Trollope?
7. A Gothic or horror classic ~ I’m thinking perhaps Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.
8. A classic with a number in the title ~ Again, I’ve found a Trollope title that will fit, The Three Clerks. According to Wikipedia it is considered to be the most autobiographical of his works.
9. A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title ~ There are a number of books that would satisfy this category, but at the moment I’m thinking of The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be by Farley Mowat.
10. A classic set in a place you’d like to visit ~ This one is still very much up in the air.
11. An award-winning classic ~ Again, undecided.
12. A Russian Classic ~ One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
Of course there’s no guarantee that the books I listed above will be the books I actually end up reading, except for Trollope of course … (did I mention I’m a Trollope fan?) but no matter. The end result will be the same … a fabulous year of great reads!