Thursday, December 13, 2012


As you may have noticed, I'm not particularly good at keeping up with challenges. The Baking with Julia challenge began strong, but it became increasingly difficult to find an audience to enjoy the wonderful creations, as many either needed to be eaten right away, or simply would not transport well to work. (But the talented Sarah is keeping up, more or less, and her family is loving her for it!)

So it's with a bit of an "eh" attitude I'm approaching Carrie's Reading to Know 2013 challenge. I'm not interested in the children's books, but it's probably about time I read some of the adult classics, just for the sake of broadening my experience. To make things even less stressful, I've decided to commit only to those books that can be obtained 1) in a Kindle edition, and 2) for less than $1.

This leaves me with four books:

February - The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
April - No Name, by Wilkie Collins
October -The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
December - A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens

I've already downloaded them. Now to put them on my calendar (I've already subscribed to Carrie's feed, as she will put out reminders as well). The object is to read the book, then post a review.

While the June and August selections either don't excite me or are not available on Kindle, I do think it would be a good idea for me to consistently read a classic every other month.

So, Gentle Readers, do you have any suggestions? Keep in mind my guidelines above (portable and cheap), as well as the fact your choice needs to be widely considered to be a classic (to define that a bit more, well, definitively, let's say that anything first published during my lifetime - 1959 or later - is ineligible. In fact, you could say the last two centuries are off limits).

Leave your suggestions in the comments; I'll let you know which ones I chose.

Reading to Know - Book Club


Sherck said...

For what it's worth, most of the older classics, because they are in the public domain, can be found for free--they might not be in Kindle format, per se, but they should be in a format that the Kindle could read.

Moby Dick by Herman Melville -- can be tough going at times, but definitely one of the classics. I loved it the last time I read it (which was back in college).

Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson -- I don't remember much except that I liked it, and it's about a small town in Ohio that I grew up just down the road from.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain -- some have called it THE American classic.

Diane said...

I loved Huck Finn, more so than Tom Sawyer.

I've read a few of the "input by volunteers" books - pre 1920-something published date I think are the copyright free ones - and I'm just anal enough that the errors unnerve me. I will do a search for free stuff, though.

Winesburg, Ohio sounds interesting.

Joy Foucault said...

I can't say that they are in kindle availability but the following are certainly all on my bookshelf for lending and my top picks! ( in order)
1. The Count of Monte Cristo
2. The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit
3. The Good Earth
4. The Jungle

I have lots more, but are my tops. :)

Diane said...

Of the three - Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask, I think Count was my favorite.

The middle two look interesting; I read primarily for escape, so The Jungle wouldn't be at the top of my list.