Monday, November 24, 2008

Classics Challenge completed!

I didn't think I'd be able to finish this one, but only because I set totally unachievable goals for myself! The Classics Challenge, hosted by Trish from Trish's Reading Nook, had several options. I chose to read five classics from 3 different countries. Originally I wanted to read more challenging ones like some Polish classics as well as War and Peace, but I ended up with the following:

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (England)
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne (England)
The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery (Canada)
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (United States)
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (Canada)

So I cheated myself since all three countries are English-speaking and I didn't really branch out. Plus four of the five are children's books! But the one adult book, The Great Gatsby, didn't really appeal to me so I think I won anyway. ;-)

As part of the challenge, we had to recommend a book that we thought would end up being a classic and also read one of the other participants' recommendations. I read three from the possible classics list:

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Giver by Lois Lowry

I loved them all!

Thanks Trish for hosting, it's been fun!

7 comments:

Lezlie said...

Good for you! At least you had fun with it, even if your original goals went by the wayside. There's always next year! :-)

Lezlie

joanna said...

Yep - you're my inspiration, I'm determined to finally read War and Peace! :-)

Lezlie said...

Oh, my! I better make good plans next year to keep that title! :-) Seriously though, War & Peace is worth the time and energy. It's a great, great book!

Lezlie

Trish said...

Yay for finishing the challenge! Come back by next month because I'll have a place for you to link this post to and you'll be eligible for the prize drawing! Thanks for joining us and I hope you'll join again next year.

Nymeth said...

I say that children's classics count too! Congratulations on finishing :)

joanna said...

Trish - hopefully I'll remember!

Nymeth - I'm glad you think so. :-)

Trish said...

Joanna - The Mister Linky is now up. Sorry for the delay--but pop by and put in this link to be entered for the drawing!!