Thursday, December 30, 2010

Back to the Classics Challenge- My Picks for 2011

One of my challenges for next year is the Back to the Classics Challege hosted by Sarah Reads Too Much.

Check out the link for details. Essentially you have 6 months to read 8 books. The categories are in bold. My choices are in italics.

I've begun my challenge reading! Books that I've finished and reviewed have a star and link below.

A Banned Book - Uncle Tom's Cabin
A Book with a Wartime Setting - All Quiet on the Western Front
*Pulitzer Prize (fiction) - To Kill a Mockingbird
Children's/YA - The Once and Future King
A 19th Century Classic - The Picture of Dorian Gray
A 20th Century Classic - O Pioneers!
A (book you think might be considered) a 21st Century Classic - The Sense of an Ending
Reread a book from High School/College Classes - Les Liaisons Dangereuses (in English)

That's it. I'll post as many reviews as I can. (I hope I get these all read!)


  1. Great list! I'll be reading A Picture of Dorian Gray this year as well, but for a different (!) challenge! Have fun!

  2. Lot's of great reading there. I've read To Kill A Mockingbird, and The PIcture of Dorian Grey- both fabulous, but completely different of course. I'd love to get to All Quiet on the Western Front, and Dangerous LIasons (heard great things about that). I half read Uncle Tom's Cabin, it was very good, I just ran out of time.

  3. Good luck :) I'm also reading To Kill a Mockingbird for this challenge under reread from h.s./college. It's been too long since I've read it & can't wait to read those amazing words again!

  4. Although it's manageable, Once and Future King seems to not be YA. I love it, and don't object to the classification, but do you really think of it as YA?

    I just learned we're going to be working with you again (March 19), and I wanted to check out your blog. Nice stuff.

  5. Hi again! I'm looking forward to the March event. Thanks for visiting my blog. It's a good question about Once and Future King--one I'll be able to answer better after I read it, I guess. I've seen it described as "children's fantasy," but reading descriptions it seems older than that. I've heard it described as something children and adults can enjoy. And since it was written long before the genre of "YA" was conceived as a marketing niche, I guess I squeezed it in there--kind of the way the Lord of the Rings gets squeezed in there now sometimes. But the books have been sitting on my shelf unread for 10 years or so, and this seemed like a good way to make myself read at least one of them.