Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Back To The Classics 2018 Signup

The idea is to read twelve classics over the next year corresponding to categories listed below. It's hosted by Karen at Books and Chocolate (what a lovely combination!) and it sounds like fun, so I'm trying it this year.

I'm sure I'll futz with the selections I've made--probably all year long--but here are the categories and the tentative choices I've matched against them:

A 19th Century Classic: Silas Marner by George Eliot

A 20th Century Classic: The Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch

Well, I was going to (still intend to?...) read The Death Of Virgil, but got distracted by:

Yevgeny Zamyatin's We

A Woman Author: Adam Bede by George Eliot

A Classic in Translation: Jean-Christophe by Romain Rolland
--I've been reading some other WWI stuff lately

A Children's Classic: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

A Crime Classic: Trent's Last Case by E. C. Bentley

A Travel Classic: A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain

A Single Word Title: Romola by George Eliot
--Hmmm....I seem to have a yen to read George Eliot this year

A Classic With A Color In The Title: Black Arrow by R. L. Stevenson

A Classic By An Author New To Me: The Leopard by Giuseppe Tommasi di Lampedusa

A Classic That Scares Me: Dracula by Bram Stoker
--A lot of people pick long books for this one; but I'm easily scared by scary things. Hence Dracula!

Reread A Favorite Classic: Tom Jones by Henry Fielding, or Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

Well, both of those still sound good, but I got to this one first:

Charles Dickens' The Mystery of Edwin Drood


  1. Great list! I have read Dracula and there was one bit in particular that made my skin crawl. I haven't read Romola or Adam Bede so I am curious to know about them. Also haven't heard of The Black Arrow! Thanks for signing up!

    1. Adam Bede & Romola will be new to me, too. I just reread Middlemarch & I was wondering, why haven't I read all the rest?...

      Double thanks for hosting!