In 2011 I was all anti-reading challenges. I think I burned myself out, since I’m not normally one for planning and deadlines and shit (that’s what work is for, and reading is not supposed to be work). But now that I’ve taken a bit of a break from them, I find myself intrigued by a few being offered for 2012. Absence must really make the reader grow fonder of reading with a group.
Or something like that.
So what caught my interest?
First, there’s the A Classics Challenge, hosted by November’s Autumn (and thank you to Andi and her post for tempting me with this). I really like the way this one is designed, with a monthly group question and the option to flake for several months. Okay, so that’s not the exact wording, but that’s how I choose to interpret it. I am all about the flakiness.
These are the classics I’d like to read in 2012, and bonus, most of them are already on my shelves:
- Agnes Grey – because Anne is the only Bronte sis I have yet to read, and I’ve been wanting to see how she compares to Emily (so not a fan of Wuthering Heights) and Charlotte (so far my fave, although considering her competition was Wuthering Heights, she got off easy).
- Don Quixote – yes, really. Maybe I’m tilting at windmills (har dee har har), but I’m going to give it a try.
- Little Women – I hope re-reads are okay. Since it’s been decades since I’ve read this, it’ll be as if I’m experiencing it for the very first time. So I figure that makes it allowable.
- Emma – I’ve made no secret of my apathy for Pride and Prejudice (even the “Now with Zombies!” version), but I’m determined to finish at least one Jane Austen book in my lifetime.
- Catch-22 – because it’s on the shelf. And I’ve gotta have me something modern to mix in with the oldies.
- The Stranger – ditto. Also, it’s short, which is an important consideration, especially with Don Q on the list.
- The Scarlett Letter – I read this in high school, but my recent reading of (and love for) When She Woke is inspiring me to read it again. Besides, I hardly remember it (a common theme with me). And no, I never saw the movie.
So that’s 7 classics. I think it’s doable, as long as I don’t start with Don Quixote. And if I psych myself out about Don Q, I reserve the right to replace him with Anna K, who is sitting half finished on the shelf (I promise I’d start back at the beginning).
One thing I do know…no way, no how, will I be reading War and Peace.
I’m also considering the TBR Pile Challenge, but I need to stare at my book shelves for awhile longer before I finalize that list. I realize I could take the easy way out and borrow Agnes G, Don Q, Anna K, Catch-22, The Stranger, and The Scarlett Letter from the above list, since they are all already in the house, but I’m also going to try very hard in 2012 to buy fewer books. I know, I should totally commit to the TBR Double Dare, but holy crap, that’s a bit scary. Baby steps, people.
Also. Whoa, this new blog theme has ginormous spaces between paragraphs! Does it bug you as much as it bugs me? That’s going on the list of things to figure out and fix.