The objective of this challenge was to read 5 classics during the last half of 2008. Trish also had participants nominate books that we thought would be future classics, and we were to choose one of those as a bonus book to the challenge. My nominee for this was The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman, and the book I chose to read was Life of Pi.
Of the classics I read, I absolutely loved all of them except Lolita. I grant that Nabokov is a great writer, and I would definitely like to read another work by him someday, but I didn’t expect to love the book and I didn’t. I was surprised at some of the comments I got on my review. The book is controversial after all. I’m not surprised some people like it as it does show Nabokov’s brilliance as a writer. However, I’m also entitled to not like the book. Just because I didn’t like this particular book doesn’t mean I won’t read another of his at a later date. I am glad that I read it so I can now cross this one off my list and move on.
As to the other classics, wow! Loved, loved, loved them. So glad I finally read Dracula this year. That’s been on my list for a long time. And of course I loved the Anne books and will be reading at least two more of the series next year. I plan on reading the last book of Kristin soon as well.
My five classics:
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
- Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery
- Kristin Lavransdatter II: The Wife by Sigrid Undset
My bonus book:
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel