Because it is the time of year for lists…

It is the time for resolutions, dreams, and book lists. Book list creation is probably my favorite part of the new year. I am already participating in a rather ambitious 50 classics challenge with  The Classics Club, but to add to the excitement I thought I would join another exciting book reading club, the Literary Movement Reading Challenge hosted by Fanda Classiclit. I am pretty excited about this, because it will force me to diversify my reading list and read older and more challenging works. I tend to be a very mid range girl. Most of the novels I have read could fall into the Victorian-Existentialism periods. That is about to change. 

Without further ado – The Literary Movement Reading Challenge 

January        Medieval – Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich 
February      Renaissance – Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
March           Enlightenment – Candide by Voltaire 
April             Romanticism – Ivanhoe or Waverly by Sir Walter Scott 
May              Transcendentalism – Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson 
June             Victorian – Bleak House by Charles Dickens 
July              Realism – A Doll House by Ibsen 
August         Naturalism – Maggie, A Girl from the Streets by Stephen Crane 
September   Existentialism – The Plague by Albert Calmus 
October        Modernism – Something by William Faulkner 
November    The Beat Generation or The Bloomsbury Group – A Room With a View by Virginia Wolfe 
December    : Post-Modernism – Catch 22 by Joseph Heller 

I came up with some tentative titles for every month, but none of them are hard set. In fact, for the early and later periods I was having a hard time finding books I really wanted to read. PLEASE offer suggestions if you have any. 

Follow along while I brave works from every major literary period and write my thoughts on the blog. Or better yet, join the club and read along with me!

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

2 thoughts on “Because it is the time of year for lists…”

  1. The only one of these that I've completed is Emily Dickinson's collected poems (and maybe Dr. Faustus but I don't remember if I read the whole thing), but I was assigned to read Ivanhoe in my Romanticism class and did not care for it. I did not even make it that far. Partly because it's long, partly because it was at the end of the semester, and partly because it just wasn't for me. However, many of my classmates liked it and I think you might, too. But if not, the other books that we read in that class were Agnes Grey, Frankenstein, and the Castle of Otranto, all of which I liked okay.

    For Medieval, you might consider reading some of the original King Arthur legends. I had a class where we had to read a lot of those and I really enjoyed it. =)


  2. Thanks for the suggestions Emily! Emily Dickinson happens to be my only reread on the list. She is my all time favorite poet. I tried Ivanhoe a while ago and had a very hard time with it. I suppose I am hoping this time around goes better, if not I may switch gears and try The Last of the Mohicans (then again, that is another book I tried to dive into but failed to find enticing). I may look up those other works you mentioned as I am having a hard time deciding what to read for the romantic category.


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