Thursday, December 14, 2017

Back to the Classics Challenge - 2018

I haven't participated in a challenge for ages but, for some reason, Karen's Back to the Classics Challenge called out to me right now. I have many unread classics on my TBR and I would love to get through a few of them next year!

Here are books I might read in each of the 12 categories:

1. A 19th century classic - any book published between 1800 and 1899.
Our Mutual Friend (Charles Dickens, 1865)

2. A 20th century classic - any book published between 1900 and 1968.
One of Ours (Willa Cather, 1922)

3. A classic by a woman author.
The Linwoods (Catharine Maria Sedgwick, 1835)

4. A classic in translation. Any book originally written published in a language other than your native language.
The Ladies' Paradise (Émile Zola, 1883, French)

5. A children's classic.
Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson, 1883)

6. A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction.
The Leavenworth Case (Anna Katherine Green, 1878)

7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction. The journey itself must be the major plot point -- not just the destination.
Three Men on the Bummel (Jerome K. Jerome, 1900)

8. A classic with a single-word title.
Emma (Jane Austen, 1816)

9. A classic with a color in the title.
The Red House Mystery (A.A. Milne, 1922)

10. A classic by an author that's new to you.
Lud-in-the-Mist (Hope Mirrlees, 1926)

11. A classic that scares you.
To the Lighthouse (Virginia Wolfe, 1927)

12. Re-read a favorite classic.
David Copperfield (Charles Dickens, 1846)

Well, I've ended up with two Dickens on here but that may change. Otherwise, I'm excited by this list. Half of the authors are women and that's great! I'm going to pull these books and put them together on my TBR and try to get to them earlier in the year. I was already planning on Our Mutual Friend and The Linwoods in January so I'm hopeful that I will make good progress.

Reading the past,

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Moving Forward with Tremontaine

You might remember that, back in June, I sang the praises of Ellen Kushner and Company's Tremontaine, a serialized story published by SerialBox. I read the omnibus version of the first season and fell in love with the swordfighters, the scholars, and the lovers. I wanted to continue with the story but I assumed that the seasons were just in audio form and on the web and I didn't know if I had enough listening/computer time to make much progress in the series. I also thought that you had to keep up with their schedule and I was already hopelessly behind. Luckily, SerialBox reached out and got me onto their app and I discovered that each episode is actually in audio AND print form and is available forever. There are even extras included, like posts from each author as the episode they penned airs -- and they are all archived. Now I've started listening to Season 2 (or reading when I forget my earbuds or only have a moment or two to fit in a scene) and I'm not feeling at all rushed, even though the story has already moved on to Season 3, episode 8. I can buy episodes ($1.59 each -- what a deal!) or whole seasons at any time and just download them when I'm ready. However, I still can't decide whether to binge or take my time and savor each episode, like I would with the choicest Kinwiinik chocolate.

And if I do happen to finally catch up, Serial Box has seven other stories going right now in all different genres. More than one of them has already caught my eye!

With a cup of heaven (or maybe a tomato pie),