Huzzah! Karen at Books and Chocolate is hosting Back to the Classics challenge for the 9th year, and I couldn't be more pleased. While I have stacks of unread books, this is the one challenge that makes me dig deep and challenge myself.
Here is my tentative list--as always subject to personal whims as the year progresses.
1. 19th Century Classic: Barnaby Rudge, by Charles Dickens - one of two novels by Dickens that I haven't yet read.
2. 20th Century Classic: The Cruel Sea, by Nicholas Monsarrat - a novel about the Battle of the Atlantic during WWII.
3. Woman Author: Elizabeth and Her German Garden, by Elizabeth von Arnim - my first classic of the new year, and a tonic in the bleak midwinter.
4. Translation: Family Lexicon, by Natalia Ginzburg
5. BIPOC: The Big Sea, by Langston Hughes - fabulous memoir about the life of a poet as a young man.
6. Mystery/Detective/Crime Classic: Madam, Will You Talk, by Mary Stewart - I love Mary Stewart and this was recommended to me last year and it definitely fits the category.
7. Classic Short Story Collection: Best Short Stories, by W. Somerset Maugham - I loved the Painted Veil when I read it last year and vowed to read more Maugham.
8. Pre-1800 Classic: Camilla, by Frances Burney - part of my project to read what Austen read.
9. Nonfiction: Garden of the Gods, by Gerald Durrell - third in the trilogy by the author about his life growing up in Corfu between the wars.
10. Longest on your TBR: Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte - I looked at my GoodReads list and this is the classic that has been languishing the longest on my tbr list.
11. Set in a Place You'd Like to Visit: The Marble Faun, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - set in Rome, need I say more?
12. Wild Card: Phineas Redux, by Anthony Trollope - I treat myself to a Trollope a year, and this is next up in the Palliser series.
Looking forward to diving in. Happy Classics Reading!