I completed my very first book blog challenge! I participated in the Classics Challenge hosted by Trish. I read six classics and a bonus. When first signing up for the Challenge, Trish asked us to share a book that we thought would become a future classic. She listed these recommendations on the sidebar and we could choose to read one of these for a bonus. Below is a list of the books that I read for the Challenge.
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (as future classic bonus)
Besides Pride and Prejudice, these books were all first-time reads for me. I think my favorite out of the new books would have to be The Woman in White. I loved the mystery and the twists and turns that the novel took. It also had an incredible cast of characters. My least favorite was The Turn of the Screw. I think my expectations let me down on this one. Every review I had read mentioned how scary it was, and I just didn't find it frightening. It was slightly haunting and has an ambiguous ending, but I didn't feel any emotional connection to the story.
I love reading classics, so I wasn't surprised by how much I enjoyed this challenge. If Trish decides to host again, I will be sure to join in the fun.