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!


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! :-)


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!


Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity 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.

Ana S. 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 @ Love, Laughter, Insanity 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!!