Time for the next category in the  RWC 2017 Reading Challenge.

Category #6: A Book Written by a New-to-You Classic Author

This time of year tends to be a bit gloomy and rainy, which always makes me think of the weather at Thornfield Hall in Jane Eyre or the rough winters in Little House on the Prairie.

My own reading of the classics is severely lacking, which leaves me many options for this category! In fact, I only read Jane Eyre for the first time a couple of years ago.

“Classic” author is something you’ll need to define on your own. Books have been published for hundreds of years, but there are also more modern authors who may fit the designation for you.

Here are a few suggestions:

James Joyce

Perhaps Ulysses is a bit intimidating at 800+ pages, but I’m considering Dubliners (at a much more reasonable 300+ pages) for this category. This is a collection of short stories about “dear dirty Dublin” at the turn of the twentieth century.

 Mary Shelley

I’m not sure how I can rave about my love for Poe and Hitchcock when I haven’t ever read Mary Shelley and her much-lauded Frankenstein. Gothic thrillers are perfect for this time of year and this fictional monster seems like a nice escape from reality.

George Eliot

I don’t know a thing about Middlemarch, but the reviews are amazing. Plus, George Eliot has a fascinating story of her own. It’s time to check her out!

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Whether your favorite Sherlock is Cumberbatch, Downey Jr, or another, it’s worth checking out one of the original stories to see where it all began. There are about sixty in all, and Doyle also wrote almost 200 novels, plus poems, history books, and other short stories.

Virginia Woolf

I’ll admit I started Mrs. Dalloway once last year and had trouble getting into it. But I haven’t given up! I’ve also never read her very long essay, A Room of One’s Own, which seems relevant to my interests.

What will you read to complete this category? Leave a comment below with your thoughts about these or any I may have missed.

If you have suggestions for books that fit in future categories, let me know. I’ll include your name (and a link, if you like) when I share those suggestions.