As mentioned on Monday – I’ve found two reading challenges for 2012. The first is the Mount TBR Reading Challenge which you can read about here.
The second challenge I found, also thanks to Heather at Between the Covers is the:
Back to the Classics Challenge 2012 is hosted by Sarah of Sarah Reads Too Much. The challenge is fairly simple: nine books, nine categories. The categories (and the books I plan to read are below. The books may change, but the categories won’t.
- Any 19th Century Classic – Villlette, Charlotte Bronte (also part of the Mount TBR Challenge)
- Any 20th Century Classic – 1984, George Orwell
- Reread a classic of your choice – Mansfield Park, Jane Austen
- A Classic Play – Lysistrata, The Acharnians and The Clouds, Aristophanes
- Classic Mystery/Horror/Crime Fiction – Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie (not sure it counts, but she made an impact – also part of the Mount TBR Challenge)
- Classic Romance – Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
- Read a Classic that has been translated from its original language to your language – Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
- Classic Award Winner – The Color Purple, Alice Walker (also part of the Mount TBR Challenge)
- Read a Classic set in a Country that you (realistically speaking) will not visit during your lifetime – Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak
Aside from my own selection of two Russian novels – I’m quite excited for this challenge. Overall I think it has a wide variety, but I think it would be great to add a “pre 19th Century Classic” (or even older) to the list. I thought about the ancient epics (like ) but most people I looked into seem to have included at least one, mine is I’m happy with the list I’ve chosen, but books three and nine may change. (Two Russian books is a lot, especially the tomes those two are!)
If you think you might be interested check out the rules after the jump or check out Sarah’s blog.
The nitty gritty details:
- Challenge runs from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012. Books started before January 1st do not count, and all links/reviews/comments for each category must be posted in the correct place by December 31st. Feel free to join in at any time, but the end date is December 31.
- Please feel free to use books in this Challenge toward any other Challenge you may be participating in. However, you must read a different book for each category of this challenge. Audio and e-books are allowed.
- Please sign up for the Challenge using the linky list (or comment section if you do not have a blog/website). If you would be so kind, please spread the word about this challenge by creating a post on your blog/website and link back to this sign up page.
- Once the Challenge has begun, you will see a new bar on the left hand side of this blog. This will list the places for you to link/comment your reviews of the book you have read for each category as well as a “wrap up” page. I will not be doing monthly check-in posts this year. I will probably do a “Half Way” post in June. These will be important because….
- THERE IS A PRIZE THIS YEAR! People who complete the challenge (and I will check that all categories are completed!) will be entered into a random drawing for $30 worth of books (Book Depository will be used for an International Winner). I may have other prizes as well. Make sure you are following me via GFC, Email, Twitter, or Facebook/Networked Blogs so you are in the know!
- Any 19th Century Classic
- Any 20th Century Classic
- Reread a classic of your choice
- A Classic Play
- Classic Mystery/Horror/Crime Fiction
- Classic Romance
- Read a Classic that has been translated from its original language to your languange – To clarify, if your native language is NOT English, you may read any classic originally written in English that has been translated into your native language.
- Classic Award Winner – To clarify, the book should be a classic which has won any established literary award.
- Read a Classic set in a Country that you (realistically speaking) will not visit during your lifetime – To Clarify, this does not have to be a country that you hope to visit either. Countries that no longer exist or have never existed count.