So I decided to set myself a reading challenge for 2019 and I’m naming it #TheClassic6.
Very simple really. I have chosen 6 classic novels and I plan to read them in 2019.
I only recently branched out into YA but the YA I read is still the genre I gravitate to the most and that genre is fantasy. Although I do love and always will love a good romance and I’ll fight anybody who gets snobby about it!! So in 2019 I want to broaden my reading scope. You will also notice that I have procured beautiful editions of all these books because I’m first and foremost a cover ho’, I’ve added the links to where you can buy them in case anyone out there loves their fancy editions as much as I do.
What are the 6 books I’ve chosen I hear nobody ask? 😀
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – I love this book but it should be noted that I have yet to read a single thing written by Oscar Wilde that I don’t love. There is a lot of bias here as he is, in my opinion, the greatest Irish writer that there ever was but I don’t care.
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley – One of the first ‘big’ classics I ever read. I think a lot of it was wasted on me at the time and since I reread my favourite (Dracula) last year and got even more out of it I thought I should revisit this one now that I’m SO MUCH older!
4 long awaited:
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov – This was recommended to me by a work colleague last year. The recommendation went like this: ‘This book has a talking cat. You would love it.’ 😀 So I added it to my TBR. I’m kind of scared of Russian literature, mostly because of the length of some of the ‘greats’ like War and Peace and Anna Karenina by Tolstoy so I tend to avoid them all but this looks like something that will really suit my tastes so I want to give it a go. Also, as mentioned, talking cat!
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – This book has been on my TBR since forever. My dad quotes this book at us all the time. He also does this thing where instead of saying he is going to bed or into another room he will say loudly ‘I think I will retire to read some Jane Eyre.’ So weird. Anyway it’s about time I read it and I got a beautiful edition to encourage me to pick it up sooner rather than later.
Dune by Frank Herbert – Is Dune one of those books that makes people question what a classic truly is? For me this is a classic because it is a classic in the sci-fi genre and I’ve heard it being talked about forever. Now I’m not actually sure how this is going to go and I suspect I might struggle with it but I’ve always wanted to try it so this is the year for it.
Bleak House by Charles Dickens – My first Dickens and it’s this beast. Go big or go home right? I’m not even sure why I chose this one. I probably should have started with A Christmas Carol or something but I like the idea of the ‘first detective’ novel. I’m going to be honest though. I am terrified of this book. It’s daunting because of the page count and because of the author. This book is also the reason this challenge is called The Classic 6 and not The Classic 12. I suspect it’s going to take me some time to get through it!
So there we have it. I plan on updating my progress here, Instagram and Twitter so please feel free to follow along or pick your own 6 and join in using the hashtag!