So many book challenges, so little time

I could’ve sworn that I said I wasn’t going to join anymore challenges. But who can resist? I still have Carl’s R.I.P. challenge coming up in September and now Trish is hosting The Classics Challenge. I really don’t read enough classics, so I’m joining. I’ll just think of this as an extra credit project for school. The challenge starts July 1st and ends December 31st of this year. I plan on reading five classics and a book I think will become a classic. I’m going to pick five from my list:
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (one of my favorite books)
Grimm’s Fairy Tales
I am Legend – Robert Matheson
anything by Jane Austen
Dracula – Bram Stroker
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett (all-time favorite)
Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett
The Sea, the Sea – Iris Murdoch
Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
My modern classics:
Something wicked this way comes – Bradbury
The Known World – Edward P. Jones
Wit: a play – Margaret Edson
I am no one you know – Joyce Carol Oates
On Beauty – Zadie Smith
Classics Challenge Meme
1. My favorite classic is… a four-way tie between To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Of Mice and Men, and East of Eden by Steinbeck, and last but not least is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
2. The classic I had the hardest time finishing is… Crime and Punishment. I got to the fourth page of the introduction, looked at how many pages I had left, and closed the book forever.
3. I would recommend… (see #1) … to someone who don’t read classics because all four books has made me fall in love with literature even more. All are so simple in language. They seem as if they took no time to write. Only the best writers can make writing look so easy.
4. To me a classic book is one that… makes me want to reread it right after I finish it. It also makes me want to carry it around for a few days after I finish it, just to have its presence near.
5. The type of relationship I have with classics… needs to be better.

4 thoughts on “So many book challenges, so little time

  1. I love your answer to #4 and I had to laugh at your note about Crime and Punishment–which is a whole 4 pages more than I got into! I tried to read Brothers Karazamov, but only got to the first page. Poor Dostoevsky!

    I’m glad you’ll be joining is!

  2. I don’t like books where the introduction takes forever to read. I know I could skip it, but I always feel compelled to finish it! I don’t blame you for dropping that one.

  3. I love all four of your favorite classics! I haven’t read The Secret Garden in years, but I read it many times when I was younger! Dracula is really good–but really creepy too! I am also planning to read The Known World for the bonus book.

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