2016 Classics Challenge

2016 classics challenge

This is the page that I’m going to update for the 2016 Classics Challenge hosted by Pretty Books. I’ll update this page whenever I complete a book on my list and when I post a review of any of the books I’ve read.


Updates:

the mysteries of udolphoThe Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe

Started: 2nd January 2016
Completed: 15th February 2016
Rating: 4/5
Genre(s): Gothic/Classics
Review: Read it here
Other comments: Very long and very descriptive.

The MonlThe Monk by Matthew Lewis

Started: 5th January 2016
Completed: 26th February 2016
Rating: 4.5/5
Genre(s): Classics/Horror/Gothic
Review: Read it here
Other comments: A truly bloody Gothic tale that is thrilling and terrifying.

ZofloyaZofloya: or The Moor by Charlotte Dacre

Started: 28th February 2016
Completed: 14th March 2016
Rating: 4.5/5
Genre(s): Classics/Gothic/Romance
Review: Read it here
Other comments: An excellent book about the taboos of female sexuality and female autonomy.

Northanger AbbeyNorthanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Started: 1st April 2016
Completed: 9th April 2016
Rating: 3/5
Genre(s): Classics/Gothic/Romance
Review: Read it here
Other comments: I dislike this book. I appreciate the writing but the plot is not for me.

Frankenstein 1818Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Started: 10th April 2016
Completed: 15th April 2016
Rating: 4.5/5
Genre(s): Classics/Gothic/Romance/Science Fiction
Review: Read it here
Other comments: This is the 5th time I’ve read this book and I still love it. It was great fun to read it again.

The VampyreThe Vampyre by John Polidori

Started: 18th April 2016
Completed: 23rd April 2016
Rating: 4/5
Genre(s): Classics/Gothic/Horror
Review: Read it here
Other comments: The title story is very short but incredibly entertaining. I also enjoyed the other stories in the collection.

A Slip Under the MicroscopeA Slip Under the Microscope by H. G. Wells

Started: 24th April 2016
Completed: 24th April 2016
Rating: 3.5/5
Genre(s): Classics/Science Fiction
Review: Read it here
Other comments: Not what I expected from Wells. I didn’t enjoy it as much the other book I’ve read by him, The Time Machine, but it was still good.

DuchessThe Duchess of Malfi by John Webster

Started: 8th May 2016
Completed: 10th May 2016
Rating: 4/5
Genre(s): Classics/Renaissance Tragedy
Review: No review
Other comments: This is a collection of John Webster’s plays but I only focused on The Duchess of Malfi.

antonio's revengeAntonio’s Revenge by John Marston

Started: 14th May 2016
Completed: 15th May 2016
Rating: 4/5
Genre(s): Classics/Renaissance Tragedy
Review: No review
Other comments: I read Antonio’s Revenge for my dissertation. It was incredibly interesting and I can’t wait to start writing about it.

a pair of silkA Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin

Started: 26th May 2016
Completed: 26th May 2016
Rating: 3.5/5
Genre(s): Classics
Review: Read it here
Other comments: Five short stories, including the title story, for just 80p. I enjoyed three out of the five but the two about race were uncomfortable to read. They’re an interesting representation of views on race in the late 1800s though.

Brave New World coverBrave New World by Aldous Huxley

Started: 10th June 2016
Completed: 11th June 2016
Rating: 4/5
Genre(s): Science Fiction/Dystopian Fiction/Classics
Review: Read it here
Other comments: I used to hate this book but I really enjoyed reading it this time. I don’t know why my opinion changed so dramatically but I think it’s because I didn’t have any expectations of what the book should be like. I just accepted it for what it was.

Jekyll and HydeThe Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Started: 13th June 2016
Completed: 13th June 2016
Rating: 4.5/6
Genre(s): Classic/Horror/Science Fiction
Review: Not yet posted
Other comments: I’ve always loved this book. It’s fantastic. I love the fact that Stevenson wrote the story in about 6 days and there’s differing versions of the history behind his frantic writing: some people claim that he was on drugs at the time while the official story, from his wife, was that Stevenson was ill. Interesting fact either way.

The Picture of Dorian GrayThe Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Started: 8th July 2016
Completed: 8th July 2016
Rating: 5/5
Genre(s): Philosophical fiction/Classics
Review: Read it here
Other comments: I love this book. I think this is probably the 8th or 9th time that I’ve read it and it just never gets boring.

come closeCome Closer by Sappho

Started: 17th August 2016
Completed: 18th August 2016
Rating: 4/5
Genre(s): Classics/Poetry/Classical Poetry/Mythology
Review: Read it here
Other comments: This wasn’t what I expected but it was enjoyable. I think I expected a more coherent collection. I’d love to read more of Sappho’s poetry now though.

animal farmAnimal Farm by George Orwell

Started: 30th August 2016
Completed: 30th August 2016
Rating: 5/5
Genre(s): Classics/Political satire
Review: Read it here
Other comments: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was much shorter than I expected but Orwell is such a fantastic writer and it was the perfect length.

man in the high castleThe Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

Started: 6th October 2016
Completed: 7th October 2016
Rating: 5/5
Genre(s): Classics/Alternate History/Science Fiction
Review: Read it here
Other comments: This is a really fantastic interpretation of what the world would have become if the Axis Powers had won World War II.

the-last-manThe Last Man by Mary Shelley

Started: 15th October 2016
Completed: 16th October 2016
Rating: 5/5
Genre(s): Classics/Science Fiction/Post-apocalyptic
Review: Not yet posted
Other comments:  This novel is considered to be the first post-apocalyptic novel and it’s fantastic.

circles-of-hellCircles of Hell (Little Black Classic) by Dante

Started: 23rd October 2016
Completed: 23rd October 2016
Rating: 3.5/5
Genre(s): Classics
Review: Not yet posted
Other comments: This is a small section from Inferno which is part of Dante’s the Divine Comedy.


The books I’m aiming to read in 2016 are:

  1. The Monk by Matthew Lewis
  2. Zofloya by Charlotte Dacre
  3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  4. The Vampyre by John Polidori
  5. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Steveson
  6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  7. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  8. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  9. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
  10. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  11. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  12. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

I do want to read more Classics than the ones that I’ve listed here so watch out for some random reads…


Updated: 28th October 2016