Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Classics Challenge 2009

I love a when I saw the Classics Challenge for this year, I just had to join.

I picked these books to read:

1. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
As a true blue historical fiction reader fanatic, I had planned to read this book from the get-go.

2. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Funny enough, I have never read this book even though Hemingway is one of my favorite authors.

3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Everytime I go to Starbucks Cafe in Barnes and Noble in Florence, I would look at the posters of the great classics. One of them was A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I told myself that one day I was going to read it. Well, that one day will come soon enough.

4. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath. Enough said.

5. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Bloom
Ten Bloom recounts her horrific days in a Nazi concentration camp in this book.

6. Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I love I chose this book which starred Doyle's best known character - Sherlock Holmes.

As a bonus selection, I chose The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I once saw my friend Christy reading it. I've read Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns and I was completely blown away. If you haven't read it, you should.

For a future classic, I suggested Little Bee by Chris Cleave. The novel stayed with me for days after I read it. Suzanne of Chick with Books did a review if you want to read it. We both enjoyed the book so much that we went on and on about it. LOL. Reading that book felt like riding an emotional roller coaster. The book was funny that I had to laugh out loud, but some parts were so sad and terrifying that I just wanted to cry. There was also a portion of the book where I felt just as vindictive as Little Bee. The book had so much impact that it was unforgettable. It was excellent and will forever stay in my book collection.

If you would like to join the Classic Challenge of 2009. Check it out. You don't have to have a blog to sign up. You just have to love reading. Have fun! See you there!


  1. Tale of Two Cities is my least favorite book of all time! You'll have to let me know what you think about it.

  2. Aw. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it. I'll keep you posted.

  3. You know what?This post of yours has just made me decide what to do next.I am going to book out The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway.We have a public holiday in SA on Monday but maybe the library is open.

  4. Hey, Yvette. I have Old Man and the Sea in my collection but I just never got around to it. Let me know what you think of it when you finish.

  5. Thanks for letting us know about the classics challenge! I'm going to check that out because I do love the classics, but tend to put them on the bottom of the list.... Oh and you are going to LOVE the Kite Runner! Someone lent it to me and I didn't think I would enjoy it, but I was SO wrong! I cried and felt all sorts of emotions- I made my hubby read it too! I have A Thousand Splendid Suns to read too...