Sunday, December 29, 2019

Reading Classic Books Challenge 2020

Because I always need a little push to keep me working on completing my Classics List, I have been looking for a related challenge. I found the Reading Classic Books Challenge at The Broken Spine hosted by Erica.

The rules are simple:
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

I have added books on my list that I may read for some of the topics.

The Challenge Prompts:

1) Read a classic over 500 pages
Charles Dickens – Bleak House (1853)
2) Read a classic by a POC and/or with a POC as the main character
Zora Neale Hurston – Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)
3) Read a classic that takes place in a country other than where you live
Christopher Isherwood – Goodbye to Berlin (1939)
4) Read a classic in translation
Vicki Baum – Grand Hotel (1929)
5) Read a classic by a new to you author
Madeleine L'Engle – A Wrinkle in Time (1962)
6) Read a book of poetry

7) Read a classic written between 1800-1860
Jane Austen – Sense and Sensibility (1811)
8) Read a classic written by an LGBT author and/or with an LGBT main character

9) Read a classic written by a woman
Nancy Mitford – The Pursuit of Love (1945)
10) Read a classic novella

11) Read a classic nonfiction

12) Read a classic that has been banned or censored
Ray Bradbury – Fahrenheit 451 (1953)


Cath said...

Good luck with this, Tracy. How nice that you'll have more time to do it next year.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Hello, Tracy! Your reading challenges have always been an inspiration and this one is no less. You keep raising the bar. I wish you luck! I went through your revised Classics List and found many books I hope to read eventually. I'm currently reading WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte, which, as I have been told, is not an easy read, and I agree.

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!

Margot Kinberg said...

Oh, this looks good, Tracy. I like the variety of categories, and it looks as though you're already far along on choosing a book for each one. I'm especially interested in what you'll think of the Isherwood, the Austen and the Bradbury.

TracyK said...

Thanks, Cath. I am looking forward to having more time for both reading and blogging... and a few other goals I have.

TracyK said...

Prashant, how good to hear from you. I agree that WUTHERING HEIGHTS would be a challenging read, I am not sure if I read it when I was younger (very young). I hope all is well with you and your family, and have a Happy New Year.

TracyK said...

Margot, I will be happy if I get all the books listed here read by end of year. When I have read the book by Austen I will have read all of her novels. Then maybe I will start over again.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

All well, Tracy — thanks! Too much on my plate both personally and professionally. Hopefully, 2020 will mark my return to blogging.

Clothes In Books said...

I have Grand Hotel in my TBR pile - having enjoyed another book by Baum a while back - perhaps I will get round to it when you read it!

TracyK said...

I meant to read Grand Hotel last year, Moira, so I hope it actually happens this year.

col2910 said...

Good luck, Tracy. I never knew the Bradbury book had been banned.

TracyK said...

It is interesting that Fahrentheit 451 had been banned, Col. I would not have guessed that either, but many books you could never imagine have been banned.