This month's prompt from Katherine is a series of questions to be answered...
Of all the classics you've read this year is there an author or literary movement that has become your new favourite? Which book did you enjoy the most? Or were baffled by? Who's the best character? The most exasperating? From reading other participants posts which book do you plan to read and are most intrigued by?
Most of the authors I read this year were already favourites whose work I wanted to read more of but of the authors who were new to me one stands head and shoulders above the others. With my love of Victorian literature and all things British I can't quite believe I'm going to write this but joining my Hall of Favourites is John Steinbeck and East of Eden is probably the book I enjoyed the most. I think part of the reason is because I began it with doubts that I would like it and to find I loved it was so unexpected.
I'd never given much thought to Literary Movements before we did the prompt earlier in the year. I had just read Howards End by E.M.Forster and since then I've been exploring the Bloomsbury Group. I wouldn't say it's a favourite literary movement but it has been interesting and I have finally read Virginia Woolf - Mrs Dalloway.
There are so many wonderful characters it's impossible to choose only one. A few I loved are Gabriel Oak in Far From the Madding Crowd, Maggie Tulliver in The Mill on the Floss , Samuel and Lee in East of Eden and Mina Harker in Dracula.
Then there are the memorable but not so loveable like Mrs Proudie and Rev. Slope in Barchester Towers.
The most exasperating character has to be Lily Bart in The House of Mirth.
One of the books I'm most looking forward to reading is Dr Zhivago by Boris Pasternak which I added to my Classics Club list after reading Jean's review. She also has a review of The Master and Margarita - that one intrigues me but I'm not sure I'll like it as it sounds very strange. It does look as though Russian literature will be on the agenda for next year.