Back to the Classics

The Required Categories:
  1. A 19th Century Classic – Shirley  by Charlotte Bronte
  2. A 20th Century Classic –The Handmaid’s Tale   Margaret Atwood
  3. A Pre-18th or 18th Century Classic –Moll Flanders  by Daniel Defoe
  4. A Classic that relates to the African-American Experience –A Lesson Before Dying  by Ernest J. Gaines
  5. A Classic Adventure- The Oregon Trail   by Francis Parkman
  6. A Classic that prominently features an Animal –  Animal Farm  by George Orwell
Optional Categories:
    A.  Re-read a Classic- Tale of Two Cities  by Charles Dickens
   B.  A Russian Classic-  Anna Karenina  Leo Tolstoy
   C.  A Classic Non-Fiction title- TBA
   D.  A Classic Children’s/Young Adult title Robinson Crusoe  by Daniel Defoe
   E.  Classic Short Stories- Four Short Stories by D. H. Lawrence

When I wrote about my reading plan for this year, I got response from some very avid readers out there and found an interesting challenge I want to try on Sarah Reads Too Much. She has chosen 6 categories and 5 more optional categories to help us read the classics. So the above are my tentative choices for her challenge!



Anyway I have made a start by reading Charlotte Bronte’s book. And I ordered most of what I didn’t have on hand. I’m sure I can come up with a non-fiction classic but do you have suggestions for a young people’s classic? Something exciting that I missed reading so far? Now all I have to do is figure out how to link my book reviews to Sarah’s blog!

Sarah will make a gift of a $30 certificate to one lucky blogger so check it out! You have to apply before  September 2013!  Which books would you choose? Happy reading!

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Oregon Trail

Animal Farm


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. beckynielsen
    Jan 11, 2013 @ 20:59:13

    Diary of Anne Frank is the most immediate one that comes to mind, of course. I never read by think I need to The Last Days of Socrates; how old do the books need to be to be considered classic – I think of Tuesdays with Morrie, but that’s more recent (late 1990’s, I think). Oh, and the vet who wrote that series of books like All Things Bright and Beautiful? One I really enjoyed was No Picnic on Mount Kenya, written by Felice Benuzzi in 1953.

    Sounds like an interesting challenge!


  2. Grace @ Cultural Life
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 12:24:53

    For the children’s/Young Adult classic, have you read Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden or Little Women? Any one of those three would fit the category and are great stories too!


  3. Grace @ Cultural Life
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 12:25:53

    P.S. Just noticed you have me on your blogroll. Thank you very much! I haven’t got a blogroll on my blog at the moment but it is on my list of things to do. I’ll add you when I get around to creating one.


  4. Sarah S (@SarahReads2Much)
    Jan 19, 2013 @ 13:11:52

    Hi and thank you for joining the challenge! The Linky worked out just fine! As you read and post reviews of the great books you are reading, find the appropriate category on the left hand side of my blog’s home page. Clicking on the right category will bring you to the correct post on which to link your reviews – just as you linked your blog when you signed up. (You type you name as you want it to appear on the list for others to see, and then in the second box paste the URL of your post you want people to see when they click your name in the list). I hope this makes sense!


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