Karen at Books and Chocolate hosted the Back to the Classics Challenge this year (and she's hosting again in 2015!) and as usual it was my favorite challenge of the year. I'm a big fan of classics and had a great year completing the required categories and challenging myself with the optional categories. I read in all the required categories, and three out of the five optional ones.
- An American Classic - The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton - I loved this sad, beautifully written story.
- A Classic Mystery, Suspense or Thriller - Mystery Mile, by Margery Allingham - finally read this classic mystery; wonderful country home setting, definitely Golden Era style.
- A Historical Fiction Classic - Waverly, by Sir Walter Scott - my nemesis; I can't seem to get my act together to get this one read. Another year where it sat on the shelf.
- A Classic That's Been Adapted Into a Movie or TV Series - East of Eden, John Steinbeck - I liked it so much I read it twice this year--once in the summer and once in the fall.
- Extra Fun Category: Write a Review of the Movie or TV Series adapted from Optional Category #4 - still haven't watched either the James Dean version or the Jane Seymour version but hope to soon.
Other classics read in 2014 include the following:
The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath
South Riding, by Winifred Holt
Howards End, by E.M. Forster
Highland River, by Neil M. Gunn
The Watsons, by Jane Austen
Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen
A Midsummer Night's Dream, by William Shakespeare
The Merry Wives of Windsor, by William Shakespeare
The Pickwick Papers, by Charles Dickens
And, I'm almost done with A Passage to India, by E.M. Forster.
I'm looking forward to signing up for Back to the Classics Challenge for 2015...just need to work on my list!