The Classics Challenge hosted by November's Autumn was the only one I finished in 2012 (although I never wrote a wrap-up post...). This year, she hosts the Turn of the Century Salon, not a challenge, more of a monthly get-together to read and talk about works created between the late 1880s and the early 1930s.
For January, an introductory post.
What draws you to read the Classics?
The chance to learn about times long past. The very cheapest and most comfortable way of time travelling since I don't own a blue box.
What era have you mainly read? Georgian? Victorian? Which authors?
I don't think I have specialised in a certain era. I've read my share of Victorian authors because I enjoy Victorian Gothic fiction and because I like the whole era very much.
What Classics have you read from the 1880s-1930s? What did you think of them?
The first one I have ever read from that time is Dracula, I think I was about ten years old. I loved it then and I love it still. I've read a lot of William Somerset Maugham and he's one of my favourite authors, mainly for his short stories.
Name some books you're looking forward to read for the salon and which authors do you hope to learn more about?
Once again: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Maybe this year, I'll actually do it. I want to re-read Virginia Woolf's Orlando. And maybe I'll read Parade's End... because I'm a Cumberbatch fangirl, I admit it.
Siegfred Sassoon and E.M. Foster I want to learn more about. I've only ever read about Sassoon when I read about WWI, but I never read much of his actual work. E.M. Foster - I only saw a couple of the movies made from his books and while they all were excellent, I never read the actual books. I want to read A Passage to India in particular since I have developed an interest in India and the British Raj in particular.
1. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
2. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster