classics challenge

This book blogging thing has opened me up to a whole new book-loving community online.  One site I’ve recently discovered is the Classics Challenge blog.  I’m signing up for the challenge, in hopes that it will help me to finally read a bunch of the classics that have been on my list anyway.  I’m going to attempt to tackle six classics between April 1 and October 31.  At the moment, my intended targets are (though not necessarily in this order):

Northanger Abbey (Austen – I’m halfway through this, but I’ve been away from it so long that I think I’ll have to start from the beginning again)
Catch-22 (Heller)
The Phantom Tollbooth (Juster — and yes, children’s classics count too!)
A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
Tender is the Night (Fitzgerald)
A Separate Peace (Knowles)

For my challenge “bonus” — a newer book that should be/will be a classic — I’m planning to read Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez). 

In spite of great intentions to read more classics, I always seem to get sidetracked by the many, many amazing contemporary books out there.  Maybe this challenge will help keep me on track and get this list of great works under my belt.

 If you want to join in, you can sign up at the Classics Challenge site, but keep us here at bookhopping updated on your progress too!

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~ by Molly on February 24, 2009.

4 Responses to “classics challenge”

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  2. I have Catch 22 on my list too 🙂

  3. I had to read A Seperate Peace in high school. I remember that Knowles used the phrase “idiosyncratic buttocks”- this is what happens when you let teenagers loose around literature. 😉

  4. Thanks for signing up for the challenge, Molly! I really liked Tender is the Night so I’ll be curious to hear what you think of it. Happy reading!

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