Thursday, 4 March 2010

Classics Challenge 2010 Reading List

I’ve needed to get my reading list out for the Classics Challenge 2010 for a while now. I’ve been saving up my classics for this, especially since I’m going for the Classics Feast. Some of them I’m dreading, some I’m looking forward to. I’m sure I’ll pick up a few more on the way too. Plus, I still need to decide on a Future Classic. Ooo! I see The Name of the Rose is on the list. I think I might just read that. I liked the movie and books are usually better, plus I love mysteries, so there you go! Almost feels like cheating.

I’m looking forward to reading:
Tristram Shandy – Laurence Sterne
Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens
A Room With a View – E.M. Forster
The Voyage Out – Virginia Woolf
The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco

Neutral/have no idea how they will be:
The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Death of Ivan Ilyich – Leo Tolstoy

Am dreading:
The Old Curiosity Shop – Charles Dickens (this one is an audio book which is inexplicably narrated by an American. It just doesn’t seem right somehow.)
Dombey and Son – Charles Dickens (Another audiobook. I didn’t realize this one was narrated by my all time least favourite narrator Fredrick Davidson. The man recorded under several names and I didn’t realize it was him until it was too late. I’ll be listening to this one on fast mode to compensate for the over-exaggerated drawl the drives me up a pole.)
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky (I tried to watch the movie once and it was really dreadful, in the sense of the story being fairly horrifying. I’ll be saving a cheerful book as a treat for finishing this.)

Bleak House – Charles Dickens

Finally, I’d also like to nominate Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimen as a new classic. It’s such a good book. I’ll be reading this one too, regardless of counting or not counting. I might even use it as my treat after Crime and Punishment.

The Classics Challenge runs from April 1st to Sept. 30th, so you still have plenty of time to sign up and participate!


Scrabblequeen said...

I feel myself being sucked into this reading vortex....should I struggle?

mel u said...

great list-I just completed The Name of the Rose a couple of days ago and really liked it a lot

Trish said...

So glad you're joining again, Melinda. you might just be my most loyal and enthusaistic participant. :)

Woman in White is fantastic. I loved Our Mutual Friend, but it's a long one. i haven't read any of the others on your list, but I hope you like them!! I've heard interesting things about Tristram Shandy.

Lula O said...

Great list! I'm reading Bleak house this year, and W in W again. Cranford is a fun one. The Mayor of Casterbridge?? Good luck with that one.