I’ve been thinking about what I want to read in 2011. I’m almost finished with the last of my fun holiday reads, and then I’ll be ready to delve into something more meaty. I think I’ll start with the Back to the Classics Challenge, hosted by Sarah Reads Too Much. In an effort to save money (and to get more out of our library), I’m choosing to only read books that I already own but haven’t read yet. Below are the categories and the books I will probably pick:
- A Banned Book: not sure – maybe American Psycho
- A Book with a Wartime Setting (can be any war): The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies
- A Pulitzer Prize (Fiction) Winner or Runner Up: I’m torn between The Shipping News, The Poisonwood Bible, Middlesex, and The Road
- A Children’s/Young Adult Classic: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- 19th Century Classic: Emma by Jane Austen
- 20th Century Classic: The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (this may be a little ambitious)
- A Book You Think Should Be Considered a 21st Century Classic: how do we know it should be a classic if we haven’t read it? I’m not sure how to pick this one.
- Re-Read a Book From Your High School/College Classes: maybe The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse (again, ambitious). I did grow to love it, though. And clearly, this will be a book I own and have read already.
Participants have until the end of June to complete the challenge, so I should go ahead and get started (and so should you, if you want to sign up!). I’m open to suggestions or help with the ones I’m still pondering.
Here are some other novels I’m planning to read this year:
Little Bee – Chris Cleave
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan
Just Listen and the upcoming What Happened to Goodbye – Sarah Dessen
This is Where I Leave You – Jonathan Tropper
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Flying Changes and Ape House – Sarah Gruen
The Help – Kathryn Stockett
The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson (as I’ve already read the first book)
Thoughts? Did you love or hate any of these?