Back to the Classics 2019

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Hosted by Karen@Books and Chocolate, this challenge always looks like fun, so this year I thought I would join in as it will also help me organise my reading a little.  All I need to do is read one book in each of the following categories:

  1. 19th Century Classic: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  2. 20th Century Classic, before 1969: The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
  3. Classic by a Women Author: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  4. Classic in Translation: If This is a Man by Primo Levi
  5. Classic Comic Novel: Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
  6. Classic Tragic Novel: House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  7. Very Long Classic (500+pages): Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  8. Classic Novella (less than 250 pages): Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
  9. Classic From the Americas: Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  10. Classic From Africa, Asia or Oceania: Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner
  11. Classic From a Place You’ve Lived: Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
  12. Classic Play: To Be Decided (if I ever get there)

These are my ideas for the moment but any of them could change. My main worry is that there are too many long reads here and I’ll just never finish!

26 thoughts on “Back to the Classics 2019

  1. That’s a great list, many of which I’ve read in the deep distant past (or in some cases fairly recently!) Gaudy Night is quite chunky but absolutely impossible to put down, I find! And of course I’m in favour of Crime and Punishment… 😀 Good luck!

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  2. I love your list! I’ve been wanting to read more Dickens, and of course Northanger Abbey is an old favorite. I’ve been wanting to read Dorothy Sayers now that I’m turned on to mysteries.

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  3. Oh good, I’ve never read anything by Edith Wharton and am a bit nervous of Crime and Punishment, so will be interested to read your thoughts – no pressure!

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  4. I’ve only read three of these (A Tale of Two Cities, Northanger Abbey, and Grapes of Wrath), but I loved them all! Hopefully that bodes well for the rest of your list!

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  5. Yey, great that you also are joining this year!

    Gaudy Night is one of my favourites so I hope you’ll get around to it. There are some plot threads in it that starts in earlier novels so if that is important too you you may want to start with Strong Poison and Have His Carcase. Unfortunately those are notably weaker (more generic golden age crime) so I only recommend them if you really enjoy crime fiction. If not it makes more sense to skip directly to the much more interesting Gaudy Night (I read it before the other novels by accident and it worked fine).

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