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6 Month Update: Classic Book Reading Plan for 2015

backtotheclassics2015BUTTONI am joining others in an online book reading club. In fact I am joining 2! This first one is a Back to the Classics Challenge hosted by Karen’s Books and Chocolate.

I haven’t read many classics in my life, so I am excited about changing that deficit. Below are the categories and what books I think I will read.

  1. A 19th Century Classic  Moby Dick (1851) by Herman Melville. I am currently reading this on my Kindle. THIS BOOK WAS SUCH A STRUGGLE TO READ THAT I STOPPED HALF WAY AND READ A DIFFERENT BOOK FOR THIS SLOT: THE WOMAN IN WHITE (1859) BY WILKIE COLLINS  I READ IT IN JUNE 2015. Free on Kindle.
  2. A 20th Century Classic A Princess of Mars (1917) by  Edgar Rice Burroughs (Kindle). MY DAUGHTER & I READ THIS OUT LOUD TO EACH OTHER IN JUNE 2015. Free on Kindle.
  3. A Classic by a Woman Author The Secret Adversary (1822) By Agatha Christie  I READ THE SECRET ADVERSARY IN FEBRUARY 2015. Free on Kindle.
  4. A Classic Novella Heart of Darkness (1960) by Joseph Conrad. I READ THIS IN FEBRUARY 2015.
  5. A Classic Children’s Book Pollyanna (1913) by Eleanor H. Porter (Kindle). READ IT IN JUNE 2015. Free on Kindle.
  6. A Classic with a Person’s Name in the Title Nicholas  Nickleby (1838) by Charles Dickens (Kindle). FINISHED JULY 2, 2015. Free on Kindle.
  7. A Nonfiction ClassicThe Innocents Abroad a travel book by Mark Twain (1869) FINISHED READING THIS JULY 22, 2015.
  8. A Forgotten Classic— Joseph Andrews (1742) by Henry Fielding. FINISHED READING JULY  25, 2015.
  9. A Humorous or Satirical Classic— Gulliver’s Travels (satire) by Jonathan Swift (1726). FINISHED READING JULY 29, 2015.
  10. A Classic in Translation The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis. It was first composed in Latin ca.1418-1427. Still reading – will finish in 2016.
  11. A Classic PlayThe Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams (1944). FINISHED READING AUGUST 23, 2015.
  12. A Very Long Classic Novel— War and Peace (1869) by Leo Tolstoy (Kindle). Free on Kindle.Still reading – will finish in 2016.

2 NOTES: 6 of the above books are available for free for e-readers. . . . Article originally published 2.12.2015.

Your Turn . . .

  • Do you read many classics? Tell us your favourite book.
  • Do you have a suggestion for one of my empty spots?
  • To join us in the classic reading adventure, go here for more information.

Related Posts . . . Reading to Know Classics Book Club 2015 . . . This blogger/reader has some good ideas for each category. As does this blogger. And one more blogger with great titles is here.

I am participating in the Austen in August Reading Challenge. It will be my first time to EVER read an Austen book.

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Reading to Know Classics Book Club 2015

bookclubThe 2nd book club I am taking part in is this Reading to Know Classics Book Club hosted by Carrie at Reading to Know. Information for the other book club is here.

I came across this list in February so I obviously missed reading the January selection. So I will start with February. Although I will probably come back to the January selection after I’ve read the other books.

I have already read 6 of these books, but it will be fun to reread them because after all they are classics. And because I have read them before, I will hopefully have more to contribute to the discussion.

January – Any Lucy Maud Montgomery title of your choosing, held in conjunction with the Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge (discussion hosted by Carrie)

February – Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad (Discussion hosted by Heather from Don’t Let This Universe Forget You).

March – The Pursuit of God, by A. W. Tozer (Discussion hosted by Shonya from Learning How Much I Don’t Know). I read this every year or two.

April – 1984, by George Orwell (Discussion hosted by Annette from This Simple Home). I read this in high school. I wanted to reread it, but could not get a copy from the library. I should recheck.

May – Christy, by Catherine Marshall (Discussion hosted by Stephanie from Simple Things). I read this a LONG time ago. The thickness of the book and the small print was a deterrent this time.

June – The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Discussion hosted by Amy from Hope is the Word). I read this every year or two.

July – Any Narnia book (or book about Narnia or C.S. Lewis) of your choosing. Hosted in conjunction with the Chronicles of Narnia Reading Challenge (Hosted by Carrie at Reading to Know)

August – Laddie; a true blue story, by Gene Stratton Porter (Discussion hosted by Heather from Lines from the Page). This is the first time I’ve read it and enjoyed it a lot. I look forward to reading this with my grand daughter.

September – The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis (Discussion hosted by Barbara from Stray Thoughts). I read this every year or two.

October– The Hound of the Baskervilles (Discussion hosted by Sky from Circus Caravan of My Thoughts on Things). I’ve already read this in the past several years and didn’t want to reread it.

November – Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales. Feel free to read one or all, as you please. (Discussion hosted by Rebekah from Bekahcubed)

December– The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope (Discussion hosted by Tammy from Bluerose’s Heart)

Your Turn . . .

  • Have you read all the above classics?
  • Is there one you are really wanting to read?
  • Now that you have all the information, why don’t you join us?

Related Post . . . Classic Book Reading Plan for 2015

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