Classics Reading Challenges

Huzzah, Karen at Books and Chocolate has decided to go for another year of the beloved Back to the Classics Challenge!  The categories this year are:


1. A 19th century classic: any book first published from 1800 to 1899

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.

7. New-to-you classic by a favorite author -- a new book by an author whose works you have already read. 

8. A classic about an animal, or with an animal in the title. The animal can be real or metaphorical. (i.e., To Kill a Mockingbird).

9. A children's classic. 

10. A humorous or satirical classic.

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. 

12. A classic play. Plays will only count in this category.
 
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 --   
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.  --

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. -- 
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. --  
11. Travel or Adventure Classic. --  Mules and Men, by Zora Neale Hurston
12. Classic Play. -- 


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:

1) Read a classic over 500 pages: Lorna Doone, by R. D. Blackmore
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)
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: 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.

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