Classics Reading Challenges

 Hooray, Karen at Books and Chocolate has decided to run her Back to the Classics Challenge for another year!  Here are the categories:

 
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 1972. All books must have been published at least 50 years ago; the only exceptions are books which were written by 1972 and posthumously published.

3. A classic by a woman author.

4. A classic in translation.  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. Any book published by a non-white author.

6.
 Mystery/Detective/Crime Classic. It can be fiction or non-fiction (true crime). Examples include Murder on the Orient Express, Crime and Punishment, In Cold Blood.

7. A Classic Short Story Collection. Any single volume that contains at least six short stories. The book can have a single author or can be an anthology of multiple authors. 

8. Pre-1800 Classic. Anything written before 1800. Plays and epic poems, such as the Odyssey, are acceptable in this category. 

9. A Nonfiction Classic. Travel, memoirs, and biographies are great choices for this category.

10. Classic That's Been on Your TBR List the Longest. Find the classic book that's been hanging around unread the longest, and finally cross it off your list!  

11. Classic Set in a Place You'd Like to Visit. Can be real or imaginary -- Paris, Tokyo, the moon, Middle Earth, etc. It can be someplace you've never been, or someplace you'd like to visit again.

12. Wild Card Classic. Any classic you like, any category, as long as it's at least 50 years old!

 

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 --  "We Never Make Mistakes," by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  3.   A Classic by a Woman Author.  --
  4.   A Classic in Translation.--  The Chess Set in the Mirror, by Massimo Bontempelli
  5.   A Classic by a Person of Color. -- Suns of Independence, by Ahmadou Kourouma
  6.   Mystery/Detective/Crime Classic. -- The Honjin Murders, by Seishi Yokomoto
  7.   A Classic Short Story Collection. --The Eternal Husband and Other Stories, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  8.   Pre-1800 Classic. --
  9.   A Nonfiction Classic. --   
  10.  Classic Set in a Place You'd Like to Visit. -- The Treasure Chest, by Johann Peter Hebel
  11.  Classic That's Been on Your TBR List the Longest. --  The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas a Kempis
  12.  Wild Card Classic. -- 


Erica at The Broken Spine is hosting her 3rd classic books reading challenge!  And this time she's splashing out; there are bonus categories, and there is BINGO!  I love me a bingo card.  Here's the deal from Erica:


The Rules:

  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 by an Indigenous author
  2. Read an LGBTQIA2+ classic
  3. Read a classic by a BIPOC author with a BIPOC main character: Suns of Independence, by Ahmadou Kourouma
  4. Read a translated classic:  The Chess Set in the Mirror, by Massimo Bontempelli
  5. Read a classic by a new to you author: "We Never Make Mistakes," by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  6. A classic that has been adapted (Page to Screen)
  7. Read a classic written by a woman
  8. Read a classic nonfiction
  9. Read a classic on your shelf the longest: The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas a Kempis
  10. Read a classic with a one-word title
  11. Read a classic written during the Harlem Renaissance
  12. Read a classic by a West Asian author

Bonus Prompts:

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