Three Classics Challenge

November 28, 2011 Whitney Reading Challenge 5 Comments

Its that time of year, not for Cyber Monday  but for reading challenges.  I’ve already signed up for a few myself but have been waiting diligently for a classics challenge, and as luck would have it I found not one but two!

A Classics Challenge Hosted by Kathrine at November’s Autumn

For this challenge the reading of seven classics are required, three of which can be rereads, this fits in perfectly with my yearly rereading of a few classic novels (ahem P&P)

Kathrine says:
“I’ve organized this challenge to work a little like a blog hop. I hope
this will make it more interactive and enjoyable for everyone.

Instead of writing a review as you finish each book (of course, you can
do that too), visit November’s Autumn on the 4th of each month from
January 2012 – December 2012.

You will find a prompt, it will be general enough that no matter which
Classic you’re reading or how far into it, you will be able to answer.
There will be a form for everyone to link to their post. I encourage
everyone to read what other participants have posted.”

participants are also asked to create a list of seven potential books/authors to read during 2012.

  1. Something by Jane Austen
  2. Something by the Bronte Sisters
  3. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  4. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  5. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  6. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  7. The Marie Antoinette Romances by Alexander Dumas

  1. Challenge runs from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.
     Books started before January 1st do not count, and all
    links/reviews/comments for each category must be posted in the correct
    place by December 31st.  Feel free to join in at any time, but the end
    date is December 31.
  2. Please feel free to use books in this Challenge toward any other
    Challenge you may be participating in. However, you must read a
    different book for each category of this challenge.  Audio and e-books
    are allowed.
  3. Please sign up for the Challenge using the linky list (or comment
    section if you do not have a blog/website).  If you would be so kind,
    please spread the word about this challenge by creating a post on your
    blog/website and link back to this sign up page.
  4. Once the Challenge has begun, you will see a new bar on the left
    hand side of this blog.  This will list the places for you to
    link/comment your reviews of the book you have read for each category as
    well as a “wrap up” page.  I will not be doing monthly check-in posts
    this year.  I will probably do a “Half Way” post in June.  These will be
    important because….
  5. THERE IS A PRIZE THIS YEAR!  People who complete the
    challenge (and I will check that all categories are completed!) will be
    entered into a random drawing for $30 worth of books (Book Depository
    will be used for an International Winner).  I may have other prizes as
    well.  Make sure you are following me via GFC, Email,  Twitter, or Facebook/Networked Blogs so you are in the know!
  • Any 19th Century Classic
  • Any 20th Century Classic
  • Reread a classic of your choice
  • A Classic Play
  • Classic Mystery/Horror/Crime Fiction
  • Classic Romance
  • Read a Classic that has been translated from its original language to your language   –
    To clarify, if your native language is NOT English, you may read any
    classic originally written in English that has been translated into your
    native language.  
  • Classic Award Winner  – To clarify, the book should be a classic which has won any established literary award.  
  • Read a Classic set in a Country that you (realistically speaking) will not visit during your lifetime  – To Clarify, this does not have to be a country that you hope to visit either.  Countries that no longer exist or have never existed count.

Edit:  Since I last posted I’ve joined a third classics challenge and I’ve decided to tag it on to this entry.

Essentially, the Classic Double Challenge will encourage you to read one older book (classic) and a newer book that relates to the older one in some way
(BTW, can be any reading level from MG to Adult.)  This is best
understood by examples, which I’ll post below.  I’ve also compiled an anything-but-complete list of some examples
for further perusal.  You do NOT have to pick something from the list. 
I’m leaving the choices to your discretion – if you think there is some
sort of connection between the books, go for it!  
Levels of Participation:

: You read 2 related books.

Medium: You read 4 books (2 sets of related books).

Large: You read 6 books (3 sets of related books).

Super Size: You read 8 books (4 sets of related books).

I’m participating in the first level of participation (read 2 related books).
My books are:
  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen & Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

5 responses to “Three Classics Challenge

  1. I love Elizabeth Gaskell, W&D is my favorite of her works. 🙂 Looking forward to your thoughts on it. Haven't read any Oscar Wilde yet but he's on my list for the future.

    I'm also participating in Sarah's Classics challenge. Thank you for joining Whitney!

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