To keep things fun, I hosted a read-a-long of Cranford (read about it here) and a Dueling Monsters read-a-long for Frankenstein (read about it here). This was a great way to experience these classics and I'll definitely do it again for next year's 1% Challenge.
From my original list ...
- The Castle of Otranto (1764) - overly dramatic (but fun), you can definitely tell that gothic literature started here
- Evelina (1778) - lots of fun to read, sort of like Jane Austen's books
- Castle Rackrent (1800) - meh ...
- Cranford (1851) - I loved this book
- Frankenstein (1818) - sadly I was disappointed in this one
- The Time Machine (1895) - a strange but fascinating little story
- Wuthering Heights (1847) - one of my all-time favorite books
- Moll Flanders (1722) - the subtitle really says it all (click on the link to read it)
- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961) - odd but interesting
- Jane Eyre (1847) - another all time favorite
- Gone With The Wind (1937) - fantastic book
- The Last of the Mohicans (1826) - I started this but got caught up in a few other books - I do want to finish it though.
- The Lion of Flanders (1838) - I really wanted to read this but can't find a copy anywhere (for a reasonable price).
- An Interesting Narrative (1789) - I've heard this is rather boring ...
- The Charterhouse of Parma (1839) - I like the title but know nothing about this book.
- The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) - I really want to read this one but just didn't get to it.
This is a challenge that I will continue to participate in each year. I don't plan to read all the books on the 1,001 Books To Read Before You Die list but there are LOTS on the list that I would like to read. This challenge has led me to discover many absolutely wonderful books that I would otherwise never have heard of and also encouraged me to read classics that I've missed out on.
Are you taking part in this challenge this year? How are you doing with it? If you aren't, is it something you'd consider for next year? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this challenge.