This is challenge is themed on books published during or prior to 1964. For some of the categories, I will be overlapping with other challenges (because I’m not terribly ambitious!), but there are new to-read books on this list that I’m also looking forward to.
- ✓ A 20th Century Classic:
The Castle (1926, Kafka). Alternative: 1984 (1949, Orwell) or The Great Gatsby (1925)The Old Man and the Sea (1952, Hemingway)
- ✓ A 19th Century Classic:
The Masterpiece (1886), ZolaLord Jim (1899–1900, Conrad)
- A Classic by a Woman Author: A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (Wollstonecraft)
- ✓ A Classic in Translation: The Brothers Karamazov (Dostoyevsky)
- A Wartime Classic: For Whom the Bell Tolls (Hemingway) – Spanish Civil War
- A Classic by an Author Who Is New To You: Beneath the Wheel (Hesse) – subject to change, though I’ve been wanting to read Hesse for a while now
- An American Classic: The Scarlet Letter (Hawthorne) – being a Hawthorne fan who hasn’t read Scarlet Letter is just awkward
- A Classic Mystery, Suspense or Thriller: does Frankenstein count?
- A Historical Fiction Classic: Mutiny on the Bounty (1932). I read the Bounty Trilogy many years ago and enjoyed it – high time for a re-read!
- A Classic That’s Been Adapted Into a Movie or TV Series: The Last of the Mohicans (Cooper) – set in 1757, pub. 1826
- Extra Fun Category: Write a Review of the Movie or TV Series adapted from Optional Category #4 – must be a separate blog posting from #4