Classics Reading Challenges
2. A 20th century classic: any book first published from 1900 to 1971. All books must have been published at least 50 years ago; the only exceptions are books which were written by 1971 and posthumously published.
3. A classic by a woman author.
4. A classic in translation, meaning any book first published in a language that is not your primary language. You may read it in translation or in its original language, if you prefer.
5. A classic by BIPOC author; that is, a non-white author.
6. A classic by a new-to-you author, i.e., an author whose work you have never read.
11. A travel or adventure classic (fiction or non-fiction). It can be a travelogue or a classic in which the main character travels or has an adventure.
1. A 19th Century Classic -- Our Exploits at West Poley, by Thomas Hardy
2. A 20th Century Classic -- For Two Thousand Years, by Mihail Sebastian / The Woman With Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic (Phillippines), by Nick Joaquin
3. A Classic by a Woman Author. -- The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, by Selma Lagerlof
4. A Classic in Translation.-- The Man Who Sold a Ghost (Chinese legends)
5. A Classic by a Person of Color. -- Jonah's Gourd Vine, by Zora Neale Hurston
6. A Classic by a New Author. -- Lorna Doone, by R. D. Blackmore
7. New Classic by a Favorite Author. -- A Writer at War, by Vasily Grossman
8. Classic with an Animal. -- The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame
9. Children's Classic. -- The Midnight Folk, by John Masefield
10. Humorous/Satirical Classic. -- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, by Mark Twain
11. Travel or Adventure Classic. -- Mules and Men, by Zora Neale Hurston
12. Classic Play. -- The Tempest, by Shakespeare
We also have Erica's second year of the Reading Classic Books Challenge.
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:
2) Read a classic by a POC and/or with a POC as the main character: Jonah's Gourd Vine, by Zora Neale Hurston
3) Read a classic that is not written by a Global North author: The Woman With Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic (Phillippines), by Nick Joaquin
4) Read a classic in translation: Season of Migration to the North, by Tayeb Salih
5) Read a classic by a new to you author: For Two Thousand Years, by Mihail Sebastian
6) Read a classic Sci/Fi or Fantasy: The Drowned World, by J. G. Ballard
7) Read a classic written before 1800: The Man Who Sold a Ghost (Chinese legends), the Popol Vuh
8) Read a classic written by an LGBT author and/or with an LGBT main character:
Jonah's Gourd Vine, by Zora Neale Hurston9) Read a classic written by a woman: Plum Bun, by Jessie Redmon Hughes
10) Read a classic written by a Nobel Laureate: The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, by Selma Lagerlof
11) Read a classic nonfiction: Mules and Men, by Zora Neale Hurston
12) Read a classic that has been banned or censored: Minutes of Glory and Other Stories, by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
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.