tirsdag den 12. december 2017

Klassiker-udfordring - Back to the Classics

     Mangler man en god undskyldning for at læse bøger?  Uglemor gør i hvert fald af og til. Men næste år bliver det anderledes. Den gode  Queen of Carrots har gjort mig opmærksom på en udfordring. Den originale, hvor man kan melde sig til, ligger her: Books and Chocolate
12 forskellige bøger på 12 måneder. Det foregår på engelsk, derfor er resten også på engelsk.

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 If you are looking for a good excuse for reading 12 books in 2018, then look just a bit further. The good Queen of Carrots has fund the perfect excuse: Back to the Classics, 2018.
The original post, with rules and a Linky, can be found here: Books and Chocolate 
I'll follow the Queen of Carrot's lead inasmuch as I'll only pick books from our shelves. This should not pose a big problem. We have zillions of books. And as the Queen too, if I began a book, read it from page one over again.

There's more rules than what I cite here, the most important being no reading before January 1st 2018, and all books to be written (not necessarily published) at least 50 years ago.

I'll grasp a d12 on the first of every month and let chance tell me which category is up for this month.
This list will grow, as I go looking for books on the shelves in the Owlery and at bloggers' posts. 

My book list - to be updated as I fill in the holes. I'm too lazy to get up, so titles are given, but authors only when I'm sure of them.

1. A 19th century classic - (published 1800 - 1899). Alice in Wonderland I only read parts of it. Never the whole book.

2. A 20th century classic (1900 - 1968). Glasperlenspiel by Hermann Hesse. I read some of it over 20 years ago. It was a tour de force in ingenuity. I wonder if it stands the test of time?

3. A classic by a woman author. Hard one, I seldom ever notice the authors' sex and often not even the name. I'll have to go and look actively for a woman, and I hate this "turned upside down sexism". This is according to me an irrelevant criteria for the choosing of books.
Maybe I'll just leave this one out, then I'll have omne month's slack for unforseen happenings.
- After looking at other participants' list, I found it! A Wrinkle in Time. I like science fantasy, it sounds intriguing and is written by a lady: Madeleine L'Engle. Now hoping, that my local library has this book (or can find it somewhere in the national library-book-staches)

4. A classic in translation. Easy ;) I have loads of classics in Danish and English. I just have to pick one. Ivanhoe, War and Peace ... Loads I never read.

5. A children's classic. Alle vi børn i Bulderby by Astrid Lindgren. The title means: All us children of Bullerby.
- or maybe try reading Winnie the Pooh in English. I read a few chapters in Danish some years ago.

6. A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction.
I'm not an avid reader of whodunnits, but I have some Australian ones written long ago. They're describing the Australia of days gone by in a charming way. The Battling Prophet is my choice - Author: ____________ (to be filled in)

7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction. something Japanese, sea-faring or Australian again.

8. A classic with a single-word title. Erm, wonder whether it is the English or the Danish title, that counts? The Odyssey (Odysseen/Οδύσσεια) is one word in Danish and Greek, but I believe two in English. I read that one when I was 12. Time for a re-read. In Danish, not Greek.

9. A classic with a colour in the title. We have lots and lots of books with a colour in it. The Purple Pterodactyles and A Study in Scarlet come to my mind.
- Sir Gawain and the Green Knigth, or
- The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle.

10. A classic by an author that's new to you. Looking at the shelves picking one at random. Difficult, I don't know if I've ever read something by that autor before as I'm bad at names. Decision: If I don't remember the name, that author is new to me!

11. A classic that scares you. Dr. Zivago! I have begun reading ... 7 times, maybe more. It is such a slow starter.

12. Re-read a favourite classic. The Lord of the Ring I suppose .. I have many, many books that fit in this category.

5 kommentarer:

  1. Uglemor,

    As I read your post, I started thinking about what I'd read if I took up this challenge. I'm tempted to join in!

    1. Sue Elwvis,
      That's how I began as well. It's contagious. Welcome aboard.

  2. Oooh! I like the idea of the D12! May steal that.

    1. You're welcome to it. I hope you have a D12 at home. We've been playing Dungeons & Dragons for at least 30 years so we have all manners of strange dice lying around.

    2. Yes, we play D&D too and have lots of dice . . . although finding the right one at a given moment is still a challenge.