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January 5, 2011

back to the classics challenge
posted by soe 11:03 pm

I know I need to wind up the 2010 reading season, but it’s time to start some new reading challenges. Here’s the first one, which runs from now until the end of June:

Back to the Classics Challenge 2011

The goals to complete:

1. A Banned Book
2. A Book with a Wartime Setting (can be any war)
3. A Pulitzer Prize (Fiction) Winner or Runner Up
4. A Children’s/Young Adult Classic
5. 19th Century Classic
6. 20th Century Classic
7. A Book you think should be considered a 21st Century Classic
8. Re-Read a book from your High School/College Classes

Now to choose the books: I’ve been contemplating Wilkie Collins’ A Woman in White for a while, which would work for #5. For #3, I could go for Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead (which I own) or perhaps The Shipping News (since I liked the movie). Maybe The Westing Game for #4?

Got any suggestions?

Category: books. There is/are 8 Comments.

This is a great challenge. I may try it but I’m not sure I can finish 8 books by June. Maybe I can double up like reading To Kill a Mockingbir for 1 and 8.

Comment by Hillary 01.06.11 @ 3:35 pm

Ooh- this is a nice challenge! I very much recommend a Woman in White- it’s a great mystery and I can’t believe I didn’t read it until just a few years ago. And you know my opinion on The Westing Game. I might join you for this- and I’m definitely on for summer (children’s book) reading again this year!

Comment by Mikaiya 01.11.11 @ 12:12 pm

Ha. Apparently I read the Moonstone, not Woman in White. But either would be a superb choice… 😉

Comment by Mikaiya 01.11.11 @ 1:20 pm

Thank you so much for joining the Challenge! I’ll put up a “update” posts on the 15th of each month- can’t wait to see what you choose to read!

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@Hillary: Do it! You’ve got some major events coming up in the next year, so it seems like if you can combine some of the categories, it’d be doable.

Comment by soe 01.13.11 @ 12:31 am

@Mikaiya: I picked up The Westing Game at the library last night. And I bet A Woman in White will be just as good as The Moonstone; both seem to be equally recommended. Ooh! And I’m glad you’re participating, too.

@Sarah: Thanks for organizing this challenge. I’m really looking forward to it!

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