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    The Classics Challenge 2008

    The challenge runs from July 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008. The challenge is to read five classics, and there is a bonus round of reading a modern classic suggested by other participants. For the sake of clarity, I am going to define classic as books before World War II with a bit of leeway for any book before 1970. Since I already read and own a lot of classics, this should not be too difficult. Here are possible selections I may read:

    • Summer by Edith Wharton
    • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Death In Venice by Thomas Man
    • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Random Harvest by James Hilton
    • Plays by Anton Chekhov
    • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
    • Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
    • The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
    • Bleakhouse by Charles Dickens
    • Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
    • Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
    • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
    • Don Quixote by Cervantes

    I am not going to read all of these, but I have found it impossible to determine when I will read which book.

    As for my selection for modern books that will be classics. I think a few have already been mentioned by other participants, and many just seem obvious. Here are a few that I’ve thought of just now (which may be amended later):

    • The Princess Bride by William Golding
    • His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullaman
    • Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
    • The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman
    • The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams
    • The Giver by Lois Lowry
    • Life of Pi by Yann Martel

    That is a lot of series, but those things tend to last well.