Back to the Classics Challenge: March Check In

Check-in time!  Although I had scheduled this to come at a later date (once I had finished The Book Thief), I feel it's necessary to go ahead and provide a little update.

So, if you remember, Sarah (from Sarahreadstoomuch) asked us to choose one book from eight different catagories, all of which should be considered classics, and would need to be finished by June.  Eight books in six months.  Can't do it?  Don't fret - the challenge deadline has been extended to December; however, I'm still for shooting for the original deadline. 

An overview of my list: (Items in blue denote links to my reviews; bold and italics, currently reading.)

1. A Banned Book- The Jungle Upton Sinclair

2. A Book with a Wartime Setting (can be any war)- Suite Francaise  Irene Nemirovsky

3. A Pulitzer Prize (Fiction) Winner or Runner Up- The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton

4. A Children's/Young Adult Classic- The Magician's Nephew C.S. Lewis

5. 19th Century Classic- Dead Souls Nikolai Gogol

6. 20th Century Classic- The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath

7. A Book you think should be considered a 21st Century Classic- The Book Thief Markus Zusak

8. Re-Read a book from your High School/College Classes- Of Love and Other Demons Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Read: 2  Reading Now: 2  To be Read: 4

So far, things look good.  How about you?


  1. You know, I really need to read The Book Thief - I've heard some very good things about it, and will look for your review!

  2. Sarah, I, like you, heard so much about The Book Thief. So far I really like it. I'll sharing in the coming days!

  3. The Book Thief is on my TBR pile as well...pretty close to the top :)

  4. Great, it's a wonderful read. Sad, but inspirational.

  5. So far so good! I can't wait to hear your review of Dead Souls. I've been eager to read Gogol for awhile now but have yet to pull the trigger.

  6. I love your list -- very diverse, even though they're all classics. Good luck!

  7. You have all the best to read yet :) Lucky you!

  8. Col, Yes, I wanted to try and make my list as diverse as possible. Plus, I really wanted to tackle some titles that were intimidating. Thanks!

    Ben, The Jungle is staring me in the face. I'm not making the first move. It's gonna happen- but when? Actually, I'm looking forward to it. Along with Gogol. It's kind of exciting, really.

  9. Hi there. Just stumbled onto your blog.

    I recently fell in love with Wharton and look forward to Age of Innocence.


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