- Go to your blog.
- Pick twenty books that you’ve got left to read from your Classics Club List.
- Try to challenge yourself: list five you are dreading/hesitant to read, five you can’t WAIT to read, five you are neutral about, and five free choice (favorite author, rereads, ancients — whatever you choose.)
- Post that list, numbered 1-20, on your blog by next Monday.
- Monday morning, we’ll announce a number from 1-20. Go to the list of twenty books you posted, and select the book that corresponds to the number we announce.
- The challenge is to read that book by January 5, even if it’s an icky one you dread reading! (No fair not listing any scary ones!)
- Chaim Potok, 1972, My Name is Asher Lev.
- Pensees, Pascal
- Lawrence Sterne, Tristram Shandy.
- Divine Meditations, John Donne
- Gunter Grass, The Tin Drum
- Mohandas Gandhi, My Experiments with Truth
- Henry James, The Wings of the Dove
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust.
- Omar Khayyam, The Rubaiyat.
- Confucius, The Analects.
- Moa Martinson, Women and Appletrees.
- Murasaki Shikubu, The Tale of Genji (abridged).
- “The Crucible,” Miller
- Naguib Mahfouz, The Cairo Trilogy
- Shakespeare: Henry V
- Junichio Tanizaki, The Makioka Sisters
- Cesar Vallejo, Los Heraldos Negros
- John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
- Mario Vargas Llosa, The Time of the Hero or another work.
- Feodor Dostoevsky, Russia, Brothers Karamazov
|Roll that D20 and pick a title!|
There are a whole lot of scary titles on this list, to be honest. Henry James--scary because really really long. Pascal--scary because I have no idea what I'd be getting into. Dostoevsky: scary because super-long and I'm a little full of Russian lit anyway. Mahfouz--have you seen the Cairo Trilogy? I've been giving serious thought to switching that title out for something by the same guy, but shorter. Anything by anyone Spanish--just scary. Grass--Tin Drum is long and guaranteed to be strange.
At the same time, there are some titles I'd like to put on the list but can't because I haven't yet figured out how to get them. The Australian lit I listed doesn't seem to be held at any libraries nearby--there's got to be a way to get them, I just haven't put enough time into it yet--otherwise I would put them on and count them for the Australian lit event that I couldn't join because reality got in the way. I thought about putting the Dream of the Red Chamber on, but I need to order it for work and I haven't actually done that yet (we have two works of criticism but not the actual text--odd). I actually have ordered Mia Couto's Sleepwalking Land (to my great surprise, Mia Couto is not a black African woman, but a white Portuguese-African man) but I don't know if it will show up in time. And some titles are just so extremely long and medieval or otherwise heavy-duty that there's no way I could read them in the time.