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.
Fantastic lists! I’m glad you’ll be joining us for the challenge!
Great selection. I recommend Sense and Sensibility, it is one of my favorites as well as The Princess Bride.