Although I have some semi-ambitious goals for how much I will read in 2021, I don’t feel compelled to attach myself to any particular challenges–except for Karen’s Back to the Classics challenge! This one is always fun, and after finally reading all 12 categories last year, I want to see if I can do it again. I’m also hoping to improve on 2020 in one way: reading more books that are actually on my Classics Club list. Of course, the way these things go, some shiny classic will probably pop onto my radar and distract me from my good intentions, but as long as I’m reading, it’s good!
This year’s categories:
- A 19th century classic.
- A 20th century classic. and posthumously published.
- A classic by a woman author.
- A classic in translation.
- A classic by BIPOC author; that is, a non-white author.
- A classic by a new-to-you author, i.e., an author whose work you have never read.
- New-to-you classic by a favorite author — a new book by an author whose works you have already read.
- A classic about an animal, or with an animal in the title.
- A children’s classic.
- A humorous or satirical classic.
- A travel or adventure classic (fiction or non-fiction).
- A classic play.
I don’t have any specific plans at this point – there’s so many possibilities!
If I’m to stick to my Classics Club list, the play would likely be from Anne Carson’s translation An Oresteia, which I was supposed to read for a Classics Club spin in September, but didn’t get to. I don’t think I have anything humorous or satirical on my list, but I do have several P.G. Wodehouse on my shelves, so that’s a good possibility. Several people have listed The Leopard as their likely classic about an animal or with an animal in the title, and it’s on my Club list, so possible.
The category that’s a new-to-you classic by a favorite author is interesting. I still have several unread Elizabeth Gaskell I could read, or, there’s The Sound and the Fury, which I think I’ve pledged to read the last two years. Maybe this will be the year?
More likely than not, the 2021 challenge reading will be like 2020: I’ll end up reading books that strike my interest and slotting them in where they fit. And hopefully that only means one or two books to deliberately seek out at the end of the year.
Looking forward to a new year of classic reading!