Wednesday, December 28, 2011


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.

My list:

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


Violet said...

Good Luck! If at first you don't succeed, etc. :)

Unknown said...

Definitely a wide interpretation of classic ;) (but good luck anyway!)

Kailana said...

I started out the year reading classics, but I have fizzled a bit the end of the year. I need to try harder...

Care said...

I will plan on Sparrow with you in July...

Maree said...

Violet and Tony: Hheh, thanks :-)

Kailana: That's my aim too :D

Care: Ooh yes please!!!!!

Kristen M. said...

That's a very ambitious list, especially with assigning just one month to A Suitable Boy. ;) But you are making me want to read Persuasion again!

Maree said...

Kristen: It may bleed over - lol. You should join me re-reading Persuasion!