Reading Classic Books Wrap-up and 2021 Sign-up

 I really like Erica's Broken Spine blog, and this year she ran a Reading Classic Books challenge that was fun to do.  I got all 12 done, and here they are:

1) Read a classic over 500 pages: The Fortunes of Richard Mahony, by Henry Handel Richardson (Ethel)
2) Read a classic by a POC and/or with a POC as the main character: The Dark Child, by Camara Laye
3) Read a classic that takes place in a country other than where you live: Virgin Soil, by Ivan Turgenev
4) Read a classic in translation: A Tempest, by Aime Cesaire
5) Read a classic by a new to you author: Subtly Worded, by Teffi
6) Read a book of poetry: Four Quartets, by T. S. Eliot (didn't get a post done on this one)
7) Read a classic written between 1800-1860: The Uncommercial Traveller, by Charles Dickens
8) Read a classic written by an LGBT author and/or with an LGBT main character: Passing, by Nella Larsen
9) Read a classic written by a woman: The Mysteries of Udolpho, by Ann Radcliffe
10) Read a classic novella: Oroonoko, by Aphra Behn (only 80 pages)
11) Read a classic nonfiction: The Golden Bough, by Sir James Frazer
12) Read a classic that has been banned or censored: Red Cavalry, by Isaac Babel 

Now Erica is planning the 2021 version, which changes up some of the categories: 

1) ALL books must have been first published 50 years ago or earlier
2) Books must be read between January 1st and December 31st
3) Books may be used for up to two prompts

The Challenge Prompts:

1) Read a classic over 500 pages
2) Read a classic by a POC and/or with a POC as the main character
3) Read a classic that is not written by a Global North author
4) Read a classic in translation
5) Read a classic by a new to you author
6) Read a classic Sci/Fi or Fantasy
7) Read a classic written before 1800
8) Read a classic written by an LGBT author and/or with an LGBT main character
9) Read a classic written by a woman
10) Read a classic written by a Nobel Laureate
11) Read a classic nonfiction
12) Read a classic that has been banned or censored

So I'm looking forward to doing this one again!  Erica has a Goodreads group for the challenge, but is also moving over to Storycorps, which is admittedly a better site.

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