I have, for some nonexistent reason, challenged myself to the Back to the Classics Challenge, which is where you read nine different works of literature that have deeply influenced the writing world or in some other way can considered “classics.” Coincidentally, there are also nine categories.
- Any 19th Century Classic (I chose Moby Dick by Herman Melville)
- Any 20th Century Classic (Breakfast of Champions, by Kurt Vonnegut)
- Reread a classic of your choice (A Farewell to Arms by–well, you should know this one)
- A Classic Play (Peer Gynt by Ibsen)
- Classic Mystery/Horror/Crime Fiction (And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie)
- Classic Romance (Sense and Sensibility)
- Read a Classic that has been translated from its original language to your language (Cousin Bette by Balzac)
- Classic Award Winner (One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)
- Read a Classic set in a Country that you (realistically speaking) will not visit during your lifetime (The Master and Margarita byMikhail Bulgakov, because it’s likely that I’ll never visit Russia, nor do I ever want to)
I hope that didn’t mess up my formatting…wait for it…wait for it…
And no, it didn’t! Yaay!
Anyways, you should check this awesome Eevent, too, because not only is it fun, it also has a prize, so I am told, and the thingamajiggery with more info on it happens to be located at http://www.sarahreadstoomuch.com/2011/11/announcing-back-to-classics-challenge.html, the link of which should probably be incorporated into the text better, but I really don’t feel like doing that, so I’ll just include a second link here, which will take you to the blog of my dearest friend Faith Geek, who is also participating in the challenge and who is pretty darn cool.