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Classic Literature Challenge

Another book challenge:

Although I’ve been an avid reader almost all my life, this is one area where I’ve been a bit negligent. I managed to avoid most of the reading I was supposed to do in high school (thanks to Cliff’s Notes), and now there are a lot of books I feel I “should” have read, but I haven’t. So, I would like to read more of them.

I like to make my goals quantifiable when possible (so I know when I’ve completed one) . . . so, I’m going to challenge myself to read 12 classic novels (one per month this year, unless I get speedy and read them more quickly).

I’m planning to start with “Phantom of the Opera,” which I checked out from the library earlier this afternoon.

ETA: A LIST (or the start of one, anyway)! :)

Phantom of the Opera
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Scarlett Pimpernell
Northanger Abbey
Jane Eyre
Oliver Twist
Portrait of a Lady
Around the World in 80 Days


Jan. 9th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
I've got Henry James's Portrait of a Lady in my TBR Challenge list, if you have a mind towards trying that one. I figure classics tend to go better if you can share 'em with others...
Jan. 9th, 2007 05:26 am (UTC)
What's it about? In general, I mean. I've heard the title, but there is absolutely no spark of recognition in my head about the subject matter. But yeah, I'll read along with you if you start it at a time when I'm not slammed.

Also, I'll definitely let you know when I start reading "Read Mars," so we can read together if it happens at a time when you're not slammed. :D

I'm doing all right on the TBR thing, btw. I started one of the books on my list this evening. (One of the thin ones, just to make sure I get January out of the way, since I'm getting a tiny bit of a late start). Whee!
Jan. 9th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
Umm...quite honestly, I'm not too sure. I just know it's been on my "classics to read" list for a while. I skimmed the cover blurb and it looks your standard Austin-esque plot about class and relationships, but the main character is an american in England. Might be an ex-pat hook for you there? It's quite a sizeable tome, as most classics are, but it's supossed to be one of the greats.

btw - cute typo on "read mars" ;) Challenge or no, let me know when you start that, and I'll get back into it myself.

I think I've narrowed down my choices for reading this month, but I'm holding my thinnest book in reserve if I get in a pinch :) I'm wading through a (luckily low-pressure) backlog of promised books right now - heavy stuff like Under the Banner of Heaven. They're good reads, but slooooooow. I'm hoping to be able to toss my January TBR into the mix sometime next week. whew!
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