However, there are three that have been circulating around the blogs that I can't escape from. All are "classics" challenges. Usually, I stay away from them because I almost feel like I'm cheating.
BUT, I will be using them to read some titles I have been putting off. Plus, they seem like fun. How can I NOT join in?
For my own sake, and to give myself a bit of a challenge, I am going to try not to "double-dip" any of my selections for challenges. Meaning, if I can help it, all classics-themed challenges will have different titles.
Unless I lose my mind. And decide I need to do that. Then I will.
The Back to the Classics Challenge is hosted by Sarah at Sarah Reads Too Much. I linked directly to the sign-up if you are interested.
The goal of the challenge is to read 9 classics in 9 categories. Half the fun of this one is deciding what to read to fit each category!
Here are the categories:
- 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.
- Any 19th Century Classic: Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
- Any 20th Century Classic: The Sound and Fury by William Faulkner
- Reread a classic of your choice: My Antonia by Willa Cather
- A Classic Play: Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman
- Classic Mystery/Horror/Crime Fiction: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
- Classic Romance: Middlemarch by George Eliot
- Read a Classic that has been translated from its original language to your language - Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
- Classic Award Winner - Beloved by Toni Morrison (Pulitzer 1988) OR The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- Read a Classic set in a Country that you (realistically speaking) will not visit during your lifetime - Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The second challenge I am joining in on was created by Katherine over at November's Autumn (again, I linked directly to the sign-up post).
For this challenge, the goal is to read seven classics, of which only 3 can be rereads. What makes this challenge different, however, is the way that you participate. Here is the explanation:
"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."
Sounds like a blast to me!
It is especially awesome that you don't have to pick the classics ahead of time. But you know me. I like lists, so here are the seven I am counting on reading for this challenge:
- Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya: I continually give this one the eye when I stare at my bookshelves (who doesn't stare at their shelves, anyone?), so I think it is time to give this one a read.
- The Fall by Albert Camus: My first Camus was a complete failure (The Stranger), so I need to try again.
- Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe: I really liked Robinson Crusoe, so we'll have to see how this one measures up!
- The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald: I have mad love for Gatsby, which is probably why I have avoided all his other work. No more!
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: I know, this one is a reread and won't help me make any progress on my list, but who cares? :)
- Enemy of the People by Henrick Ibsen: I don't know much about this one, except that it is a play, but it should be a good read!.
- Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand: Another title I know nothing about, so I am looking forward to it!
This challenge has levels, going from 1-4 titles, all the way up to 11+!
While I am definitely behind on my Ancient texts for my project list, I think it might be best to stick with a lower number (hey, I'll be excited if I get one more read!).
The lowest level is Sophocles with 1-4 books being read.
Here are the titles I am considering:
- Medea by Euripedes
- Antigone by Sophocles
- Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
- The Trial and Death of Socrates by Plato
Let me know if you are participating in any of these as well!