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Summer Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

August 1, 2007

For the Summer Reading Challenge, participants could choose any number of books to read between June 1st and August 1st. I decided to make it into another classics challenge and chose ten books from England and France. After a last-minute rush, I finished all but one of the ten classics I chose to read for the summer reading challenge with no substitutions…
The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
Candide by Voltaire
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orzcy
Emma by Jane Austen
Les Liasons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (I didn’t get around to reviewing it, which is weird, because I loved it)
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (I didn’t review it, because I didn’t really enjoy it)

I started Evelina, but I really don’t like epistolatory novels, so I knew I wouldn’t finish it in time.

The best book: I can’t choose! There’re about five tied-the Bronte, Balzac, Orzcy, Austen, and Trollope.
What book could I have done without? Candide by Voltaire. Ugh.
Any new authors? Several: Anne Bronte, Balzac, Orzcy, Trollope, and de Laclos.
Books I did not finish: Evelina, because I just ran out of steam. I plan to get to it eventually.
What did I learn from this challenge? How cool Trollope was! He’s like Dickens, only more my style. :)

(Note: thanks to Nyssaneala for the idea to have questions!)

One Comment leave one →
  1. Pour of Tor permalink
    August 5, 2007 4:35 pm

    What a great set of books to have gotten under your belt! I too loved The Woman in White when I read it for my oral exams. I have been meaning to get to Balzac (and also “The Scarlet Pimpernel”) for years – perhaps I should add Balzac and Orczy to my Unread Authors list.

    I am filled with admiration that you got through all of these classics (some of them hefty tomes!) in a couple of months!

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