Back to Classics 2022 Ideas 📚♥️🌿✨

My Reading Journal ♥️♥️♥️

Hello All! Booktube has got my head spinning about reading plans and lists. I’m definitely a mood reader, but it’s fun to challenge myself a bit with some specific books or categories 🐈 . However, all of these reading lists are just for fun. If I don’t meet them, I’m totally fine. I’m definitely someone who’s ok with abandoning a plan. 🤪 Karen at Books and Chocolate blog has been doing this challenge for awhile and I’m excited to challenge myself with some books from my shelves. I’ve tentatively penciled them into my reading journal above. Some of these also fulfill Chantel’s Read My Bookshelf Challenge, too. Here’s my list!

1. A 19th Century Classic ~ The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

2. A 20th Century Classic ~ Perelandra by C.S. Lewis (reread)

3. A Classic by a Woman ~ The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton

4. A Classic in Translation ~ Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

5. A Classic by BIPOC Author ~ Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings by Olaudah Equiano

6. Mystery, Detective, Crime Classic ~ My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

7. A Classic Short Story Collection ~ 40 Short Stories of Anton Chekhov

8. A Pre-1800 Classic ~ Cymbeline ~ by William Shakespeare

9. A Non-fiction Classic ~ Walden by Thoreau

10. Classic on Your TBR the Longest ~ TBD but probably a Charles Dickens or Larkrise to Candleford

11. A Classic Set in a Place I’d like to Visit ~ Romola by George Eliot {Florence, Italy}

12. Wild Card Classic ~ Notes from the Underground by Dostoyevsky

Some of my selections! 😍😳😄😂 And a few possible alternates -the Larkrise trilogy I may have had on my shelves longer than all my Dickens. This is VERY ambitious for me, but hey, as long as I keep it fun and DNF things if it gets stressful, it’ll be fine. I will be marking up/tagging each book and adding a quote or two to my reading journal. Have you read any of these? Any good ones? Duds? I’m mostly apprehensive about Wharton as she is depressing! Ha! 😜😅♥️ Happy Reading!

15 thoughts on “Back to Classics 2022 Ideas 📚♥️🌿✨

  1. I loved Walden. I read it in high school and remember daydreaming all through class about what things I’d bring to the pond if I had the same opportunity. I’m not a huge fan of Edith Wharton. Her stories alwys seem to tinged with bitterness. I don’t mind sad at all, but bitterness I can do without.

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    1. Yeah! I’ve read House of Mirth and it wasn’t my favorite. 😕However, I own a couple of her books and I do like her writing style even though she puts her characters through the ringer. I’d love to visit The Mount someday! I’ve started Walden SO many times and enjoyed it, so I’m excited to actually read it all. I had bought that version for myself for a birthday and it’s so pretty. 😍

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  2. I have read the Thoreau several times..I had a college Honors class dedicated to him…his experience not all as he wrote it.. but no less wonderful for me, Dante, Shakespeare, Du Maurier, and I have a beautifully illustrated set of the Larkrise that I have read for the most part. I loved each of these. Your selection for the year sounds enticing and also a bit daunting:-). I look forward to reading your take on each one of them.

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  3. In The Woodlanders, he captures how in remote places with no diversions people really live in each other’s pockets. The Custom of the Country brilliantly examines intercultural friction, esp in marriage and Undine is wonderful bad girl.

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  4. The only of these I’ve read is My Cousin Rachel and it’s my favorite du Maurier. It’s SO. GOOD. and the ending just begs for discussion. You’ve got me wanting to reread it now!

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  5. If Larkrise to Crandelford seems daunting for your challenge, would only counting the first of the trilogy, Larkrise, be more doable/still count? I counted just Larkrise towards my Classics Club reading challenge. I am doing the same with the first of the Kristin Lavensdatter series as well, because expecting myself to read ALL of those two series seemed too daunting, yet I felt like the individual books were still books in their own right, so I counted those towards my challenge and decided I would continue the series if I loved them. I would like to read Prelandra at some point… maybe this year!

    Here is my Back to Classics list, if interested! https://elle-alice.blogspot.com/2022/01/back-to-classics-2022.html

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