Classics Challenge 2012

2012 Classics Challenge
2012
Classics Challenge
I’m aiming to read one classic book per month this year. I’ve been wanting to read more classics anyway (I only read two in 2011) and I think that a quantifiable goal will help me achieve it. As per usual, I will be reviewing each book, but I’d like to emphasise that they won’t be detailed, analytical essays. I didn’t take an English Literature degree for a reason! I’ll be talking about whether or not I enjoyed the book.

I’m really looking forward to this challenge because there’s quite a few books that I’ve been meaning to read but ‘didn’t have time’ or chose genre fiction instead, whereas now I have a good excuse to fit them into my reading schedule. The first classic I will be reading is Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

Classics Read in 2012

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
★★★ • GoodreadsBuy

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
★★★★ • GoodreadsBuy

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
★★★★ • GoodreadsBuy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
★★★★ • GoodreadsBuy

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
★★★★★ • GoodreadsBuy

Sketches From a Hunter’s Album by Ivan Turgenev
★★★★ • GoodreadsBuy

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
★★★★★ • GoodreadsBuy

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
★★★★ • GoodreadsBuy

Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
★★★★★ • GoodreadsBuy

What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge
★★★★★ • GoodreadsBuy

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
★★★★★ • GoodreadsBuy

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
★★★★★ • GoodreadsBuy

Check out the 2013 Classics Challenge and 2014 Classics Challenge.

23 thoughts on “Classics Challenge 2012

  1. I loved Lord of the Flies. Frankenstein, Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde and Jane Eyre are all good. I have a few to read for uni so I’m reading classics anyway. Good luck!

  2. Oh, what Katy said! Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Jane Eyre are among my favorites! (I know I’ve stated this before in a previous post comment.) My home library is nearly a classics-only library. My brother, 16, jokes if he ever needs a book for school, he’ll just go to my room and grab it.

    Looking forward to your review of Lord of the Flies! I was surprised how much I liked it when I read it. As far as analytical essay v personal opinion/enjoyment – don’t worry. I’m studying literature and analytical essays are COMPLETELY different from personal opinions. Literature academics could praise a book up and down and then state that they did not like it, regardless. I did it all the time for class :)

    • Hopefully I’ll get time to add Jane Eyre to my list! I might have to read it over 2 months, perhaps?

      I added in the personal opinion v essay part mainly for Tumblr because the people who come across my reviews on their dashboard might not realise what they’re for, so I’m going to link back to the Classics Challenge post. I just want to avoid comments like “YOU DIDN’T ADDRESS THE MAIN THEMES”, ha. I’m not expecting to get any criticism on WordPress really since bloggers will probably not expect an essay anyway!

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