Now that I’ve finished the From the Stacks: Winter Reading Challenge, I’m ready to start another one (Am I crazy? Perhaps). This challenge is to read 5 classics during the months of January and February. A classic is a slippery thing to describe, so I’ll just say it has to be a renowned book, and the person who started this challenge said it should be at least 50 years old. I came across the challenge on Lotus Reads, but it was started at A Reader’s Journal So, without further ado, here are my 5 classics:
The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton. This seems a fitting choice for this challenge, because awhile ago, I was trying to fit more classics into my life, and this is one of the books I had chosen, yet it got shoved onto the bookshelf and forgotten.
Henry and June – Anais Nin. Does anyone remember the movie to this book? That Blockbuster wouldn’t carry it, because it was rated NR (two women kissing each other) and yet they would carry movies that were so disgustingly violent. That’s when they lost my business forever. I’m spiteful that way. Doesn’t seem to have hurt their business any, though. Anyway, I’ve heard that Nin is an amazing writer, and I already own the book, so this is as good a time as any to get started.
Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert. I’ve actually read this book before, but I checked with the powers that be, and a reread is OK. I think I was in high school when I read this the first time…and I suspect that the wisdom or world knowledge or whatever that comes with being 41 will give me a very different perspective than that of an 18 year old. I’ll let you know.
East of Eden – John Steinbeck. This one squeaks in at over 500 pages, so I’m going to use it for the Chunkster Challenge as well. Ted told me that this book was one of the first books he remembers ever reading and just LOVING. I read the Red Pony in Jr. High (hated it) and The Grapes of Wrath maybe 5 years ago (loved it), so I’m ready.
Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica – Zora Neale Hurston. I’ve only read one of her books before, “Their Eyes Were Watching God”, but it was pretty darned good. This book sounds pretty intriguing…I hope it doesn’t scare the crap out of me.
So now you know what I’ll be doing in January and February. I hope that’s enough time for 5 books, especially since one of them is a ‘chunkster‘. Wish me luck.