I think some of this year's categories are pretty challenging. Here they are:
1. 19th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1800 and 1899.
2. 20th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1900 and 1970. All books in this category must have been published at least 50 years ago. The only exceptions are books that were published posthumously but were written at least 50 years ago.
3. Classic by a Woman Author.
4. Classic in Translation. Any classic originally written in a novel other than your native language. You may read the book in your native language, or its original language (or a third language for all you polyglots). Modern translations are acceptable, as long as the book was originally published at least 50 years ago. Books in translation are acceptable in all other categories as well.
5. Classic by a Person of Color. Any classic work by a non-white author.
6. A Genre Classic. Any classic novel that falls into a genre category -- fantasy, science fiction, Western, romance, crime, horror, etc.
7. Classic with a Person's Name in the Title. First name, last name or both. Examples include Ethan Frome; Emma; Madam Bovary; Anna Karenina; Daniel Deronda; David Copperfield, etc.
8. Classic with a Place in the Title. Any classic with the proper name of a place (real or ficitonal) - a country, region, city, town, village, street, building, etc. Examples include Notre Dame de Paris; Mansfield Park; East of Eden; The Canterbury Tales; Death on the Nile; etc.
9. Classic with Nature in the Title. A classic with any element of nature in the title (not including animals). Examples include The Magic Mountain; The Grapes of Wrath; The Jungle; A High Wind in Jamaica; Gone With the Wind; Under the Volcano; etc.
10. Classic About a Family. This classic should have multiple members of the same family as principal characters, either from the same generation or multiple different generations. Examples include Sense and Sensibility; Wives and Daughters; The Brothers Karamazov; Fathers and Sons; The Good Earth; Howards End; and The Makioka Sisters.
11. Abandoned Classic. Choose a classic that you started and just never got around to finishing, whether you didn't like it at or just didn't get around to it. Now is the time to give it another try.
12. Classic Adaptation. Any classic that's been adapted as a movie or TV series. If you like, you can watch the adaptation and include your thoughts in your book review. It's not required but it's always fun to compare.
Head on over to see the rest of the rules! I don't have anything picked out ahead of time -- I'll just aim at finishing all 12. This is a great challenge and a favorite of mine, so I'm excited about getting started. And this is a really fun list of categories!
1. A 19th Century Classic -- The Uncommercial Traveller, by Charles Dickens
2. A 20th Century Classic -- Red Cavalry, by Isaac Babel
3. A Classic by a Woman Author. Subtly Worded, by Teffi
4. A Classic in Translation.-- The Dark Child, by Camara Laye
5. A Classic by a Person of Color. -- Passing, by Nella Larsen
6. A Genre Classic. -- The Metal Monster, by A. Merritt
7. Classic with a Person's Name in the Title. -- Oroonoko, by Aphra Behn
8. Classic with a Place in the Title. -- Akenfield, by Ronald Blythe
9. Classic with Nature in the Title. -- Virgin Soil, by Turgenev
10. Classic About a Family. -- The Fortunes of Richard Mahony, by Henry Handel Richardson (Ethel)
11. Abandoned Classic. -- The Golden Bough, by Sir James Frazer
12. Classic Adaptation. -- Stories of M. R. James