Classics Challenge

I noticed this link for a Classics Challenge while browsing other book blogs, and I think this is one I can actually do. I’m already about a third through Little Dorrit and I’d like to keep one “heavier” book going at a time even if I mixed in lighter fare like mysteries. That approach seemed to work with Tess of the D’Urbervilles, and Love in the Time of Cholera.

I think I’ll opt for the “Classic Snack”, which means four by the end of October, with a modern classic bonus. Here’s the tentative list:

classicssmall1. Little Dorrit, by Charles Dickens

2. 1984, by George Orwell

3. Moll Flanders, by Daniel Defoe

4. The Mayor of Casterbridge, by Thomas Hardy

Bonus: Atonement, by Ian McEwan (which feels like cheating since I’ve been dying to read it)

If I were recommending a classic to a beginner it would have to be something light–a personal favorite is The Catcher in the Rye, which I first read in seventh grade, but for someone older you can’t go wrong with Jane Austen. Other modern classics are Penelope Fitzgerald’s books, or The Secret Life of Bees.

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