So originally I had posted that I was doing an urban fantasy (think "Supernatural") reading challenge. And I got to thinking about that, and decided that one of my goals is to read more...classical/difficult/challenging books this year. I couldn't choose an adjective. Anyway, so I stumbled along this challenge at books, books, books and it better suits my personal goals for 2011.
My desire to read more classics is directly related to my reading of A Thomas Jefferson Education. How can I best educate my children? By educating myself. I love that philosophy. If I could've just stayed in college forever, I would have.
I think it's best for me to choose some titles. Whether I stick with them or not is another thing. But I need something to start from. I see a lot of people doing this challenge have listed Austen books, but being a stickler (she's Regency, not Victorian), I am not listing any of her's. Which is a shame, because I still need to finish Emma, and I am currently reading Persuasion. Oh well.
Because I am a chicken, I am reading at the Sense & Sensibility level, which is 1-4 books.
1. Bleak House (Dickens) -- My friend Mike gave me this book in 1995. I still haven't read it. But that all changes this year.
2. Wuthering Heights (E. Bronte) -- One of my all-time favorites. I might read it first, for momentum.
3. The Picture of Dorian Gray (Wilde) -- I have always wanted to read this one. And I want to see the movie. Which means I have to read it first.
4. The Princess and the Goblin (MacDonald) -- Because I just know I should read this book.