Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Back to the Classics Challenge 2011

Get Ready for the "Back to the Classics Challenge 2011"!  I am constructing this challenge to encourage myself to read more Classic Literature...  you know, all those books that we want to read "someday".  Well, the time is now.  I hope you will join me!

This challenge is open to anyone who would like to participate.  You can join in at any point.  If you do not have a blog of your own, please feel free to update using the Comments section of this post.  I will start a separate page on this blog to track my own progress, and you can feel free to comment there as well.  This is intended to be a stress-free challenge, and therefore I am giving a 6 month time frame for completion.  The Challenge will be open from January - December  2011.  You can list you book choices before the challenge starts, or as you go along....  whatever works best for you.


The goals to complete:
  1. A Banned Book
  2. A Book with a Wartime Setting (can be any war)
  3. A Pulitzer Prize (Fiction) Winner or Runner Up:  a list can be found here
  4. A Children's/Young Adult Classic
  5. 19th Century Classic
  6. 20th Century Classic
  7. A Book you think should be considered a 21st Century Classic
  8. Re-Read a book from your High School/College Classes

Feel free to use books in this Challenge toward other challenges as well (I know I will be), but please try to choose 8 different books for these goals.  

Good Luck to everyone!  

Edited to add:   as of February 19, 2011 - the Challenge end date has been changed from June 31 to December 31st.

60 comments:

Willa said...

Great challenge!! I've signed up and can't wait to get started!

Ben said...

You know what? I might just be up to the challenge. I'm in.

Willa said...

I just wrote a post about the challenge - hope you will get lots of people signing up for it!!

aworldinthemselves said...

I just discovered your blog and am excited to participate in this challenge!

Teacher/Learner said...

Sarah, this is a fantastic idea for a challenge! I am in :)

Music4Betty said...

Sounds like fun!

I am hosting a Christmas classic Read-a-Long if you are interested. Check it out :)

Brenna said...

Oh I like it! I think I'm going to sign up!

Melody said...

All right, I'm in! I think this could work nicely with some of my goals for next year. Thanks for hosting!

Brenna said...

Yay I just signed up and blogged about it. Super excited! Great idea for a challenge.

Karenlibrarian said...

I have so many classics on my to-read list, this should inspire me to keep digging away at it.

L.L. said...

This looks just lovely! Those 52 in a year challenges are too much for my student self, and I'm excited for the different categories. Great challenge!

Mel said...

I look forward to taking part in this Classics challenge. I have so many in my TBR pile and they so often get shoved to the bottom.

Thanks for coming up with it. The different categories really make it interesting.

Beth said...

I'm looking forward to participating- this is actually my first challenge! Thanks. can't wait!

Jillian said...

Thanks for hosting this! :-)

Susan said...

Whoops, I got my post all set up but forgot to add my blog to the linky link. Doing that next! Thanks for coming up with this challenge. It'll be fun!

vikk simmons said...

Great idea and I already have a few ideas for my book choices. Shared this on my fanpage and on Twitter.

baffledbooks said...

I'm brand new to blogging and have never done a challenge before so I'm really looking forward to participating, thanks!

Katie Edwards said...

Just signed up and looking forward to it. Have posted about it on my blog. Got a few ideas kicking about already, but nothing final as yet.

Cindy said...

Looks great! I've just signed up!

Nadia said...

This sounds great! I've just signed up and can't wait to dive into those classics :)

LifetimeReader said...

Sounds terrific! I'm looking forward to reading all the posts!

Grilsgood said...

This one wil be harder for me, i am a newest best seller reader...lol. But i did read a couple of Steinbeck's this year as well as a few classics, so we will see

Veronica said...

Looks like a great challenge. I'm looking forward to it.

. said...

My first challenge!

Dan said...

This is a good idea. There are lots of classics I've wanted to read but just haven't gotten around to them. A goal and a deadline, and people watching my progress, is just what I need.

Angela said...

what a great idea. I have been working on it already this year so this goes right alway with what I am doing anyway...lots of fun.

Book Loving Mommy said...

Great challenge! I have been wanting to read more classics but just haven't had the time. Now I will make the time!

Rachel said...

What a great challenge!

TwoBibliomaniacs said...

Very excited about the challenge! I just posted my choices…

Danielle said...

Yay! :) I can't think of a 21st century one... :(

Penny said...

I'm excited bring on 2011

ordinaryaddictions said...

Yay, this is super exciting!

Viola said...

I'm looking forward to this challenge! All of your challenges look interesting.

ThisIsMOC said...

I accept!

terri-maree said...

I cannot wait to get reading for this challenge!!

Jennifer said...

Oooh, this sounds fun! It will be a great way to read all those books I never seem to get around to.

Tina said...

As an English teacher, I'm excited to do this! Reading is such a pleasure for me; however, sometimes, especially during the school year, I find myself just rereading what I teach and rarely delving into books just for sheer fun and for the prospect of sharing with my students, co-workers, and friends. Thanks for the inspiration!

Risa said...

This is my kind of challenge....I love it! Thank you for hosting this!^_^

Suzanne said...

I just selected my books for this challenging challenge. Thanks for hosting.

Asha said...

Sounds like a very good fun challenge! :)

Peppermint Ph.D. said...

can't resist...so many books already on my TBR shelves that fit the criteria!

Risa said...

Hey there, Sarah! I've signed up again with my wordpress account as I'm moving from blogger.:)

Risa

Abbie Burch said...

This is a great idea. I'm planning my list now!

Jennifer said...

Oh, I just found this and I will be signing up!

listeningtothesilence said...

I love classics, so this is perfect for me.

The Book Bee said...

Great Challenge idea, can't wait to get started.

mostlyhere said...

Great challenge, I'm in!

Rasberryswrlgirl said...

Signed up. Thanks for hosting.

mikaiya said...

I'm in for this! Thank you for hosting.

Jamie said...

Just signed up!! :)

Kat said...

I'm in

Z. said...

Seems like a fun challenge :)

TMH said...

Sounds like fun! And I defiantly need to do it. I probably won't be able to start till after March because of school.

Katy said...

Better late than never :)

Kaysey said...

This is going to be FUN!!! :D Now that I'm in college, I have less time to read :( , so this is an excellent way for me to start reading regularly again. :)

mellierock said...

I've seen this challenge mentioned in a couple places and it sounds like fun. Can't wait to see what everyone chooses!

A Year in Books said...

I'm in! I like how structured the challenge is, and I'm already eagerly picking out the books to suit the different requirements :)

Cold As Heaven said...

Cool challenge. I'm a big fan of the Classics. Signing up right now >:)

Cold As Heaven

lovenpeacee said...

I've started late, but I'm ready. :D

Stephanie said...

Looks like fun! I'm a bit late to the game, but I've already fulfilled many of the requirements without specifically trying, so why not go the distance!

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