YOU GUYS. I didn’t do any reading challenges this year – I wanted to focus on re-reading, which I mildly succeeded at. So I’m SO FREAKING EXCITED to sign up for 2012 Challenges. I really enjoyed it in 2010, and I feel like overall 2011 hasn’t been as good of a reading year, so maybe it’s challenge-related, hmmm?
So THIS challenge is all about the classics, and it’s hosted by Sarah Reads Too Much. Here’s the details:
Here are the nitty gritty details:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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….
- 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 languange - 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.
Here’s my tentative list… I may change my mind. I do that alot.
19th Century Classic – Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (1847)
20th Century Classic – My Antonia by Willa Cather (1918)
Re-read a Classic – The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Classic Play – Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Classic Mystery / Horror / Crime – The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Classic Romance – Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Classic That’s Been Translated to English – Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (originally Spanish)
Classic Award Winner – The Color Purple by Alice Walker (1983 Pulitzer Prize)
Classic Set In A Country I’ll Not Be Going To - A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
Some of these are quite hefty… I have a feeling I’ll be regretting that. But I’m already excited! BRING IT 2012!