When I started my blog here, I did it because I had a plan to read a classic novel once a month for the following year.
I managed, I believe, seven out of the 12 books, which really wasn’t too bad. Of course, the blogging itself led me to a much wider community that I certainly wasn’t expecting to find.
Which is wandering off-point a bit, but as sporadic as I’ve been with blogging, it’s comforting to know that you’re all “out there” somewhere. J
Anyway. In 2010 I had a go at reviving that personal challenge, with a bit of a diversity reading challenge. I read … one and ¾ books. I think.
However, I see that as no impediment to have another go. I’ve gone for – I hope – a fairly broad mix, even though I’ve interpreted ‘classic’ fairly loosely.
January: Waiting by Ha Jin
February: Persuasion by Jane Austen
March: Anna Karenina by Leonard Tolstoy
April: A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
May: The Matriarch by Witi Ihimaera
June: Orlando by Virginia Woolf
July: The Sparrow/Children of God by Maria Doria Russell (re-read)
August: Evening is the Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan
September: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishigiro
October: Travels With Myself and Another by Martha Gelhorn
November: The Woman in White by Wilke Collins
December: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri