Monday, December 10, 2012

Announcing.... Back to the Classics Challenge 2013!!




You asked for it....   so here you go!  I am now formally announcing the Back to the Classics Challenge 2013!!  This is the third year in a row for this challenge, and I hope that you are ready!  

I am making a few small changes this year, including requiring less categories to complete.  Wait, did I say *requiring*?  Yes, I did.  This year will feature 6 required  categories that all participants must complete.  Then, I will have additional categories that those super-motivated participants can choose to complete if they'd like.  All reviews must be linked on the appropriate pages again, and those will be listed on the left hand side of this page.  When you've finished, you will also need to link a wrap-up post.  Everyone who completes the 6 required categories and the wrap up post will be entered to win a $30US Amazon.com gift card or choice of book(s) from The Book Depository.  Any one who completes 3 categories from the optional list will earn one additional entry into the prize drawing.  Any one who completes all 5 categories from the optional list will earn two additional entries into the prize drawing.

  • All books must be read in 2013.  Books started prior to January 1, 2013 are not eligible.  Reviews must be linked by December 31, 2013.
  • E-books and audio books are eligible!  Books can count for other challenges you may be working on.
  • If you do not have a blog, you may link your review from Goodreads or other publicly accessible online format.  
  • Please sign up for the challenge using the linky below BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 2013. Please link to your sign-up announcement post (if possible/applicable)
  • You do not have to list your books prior to starting the challenge, but it is more fun that way :)  You can always change your list at any time.  You can read the books in any order (including mixing in the optional categories at any time)
  • You can decide to attempt the optional categories at any point (you can also bow out of the optional categories at any point as well).
  • Please identify the categories you've read in your wrap up post so that I may easily add up your entries for the prize drawing!  

THE CATEGORIES:

The Required Categories:
  1. A 19th Century Classic
  2. A 20th Century Classic
  3. A Pre-18th or 18th Century Classic
  4. A Classic that relates to the African-American Experience - This can be an African-American author, or a book relating to slavery, civil rights, or African-American culture.
  5. A Classic Adventure
  6. A Classic that prominently features an Animal - This can feature animal characters or animals in the title (real or imagined)
Optional Categories:

    A.  Re-read a Classic
   B.  A Russian Classic
   C.  A Classic Non-Fiction title
   D.  A Classic Children's/Young Adult title
   E.  Classic Short Stories - collection must include at least 3 short stories by the same author, or at 
                                              least 3 stories collected together by genre, time period, etc.

As in years past, I just want to take a moment and let you know that especially for the purposes of this challenge, I do not subscribe to any set definition of a Classic. I think that anyone looking to participate in this challenge already has their own personal definition that works best for them.  If you are choosing to include a title that you feel may be questionably described as a Classic, please just explain your position in your review.  

As always, I hope you have fun with this Challenge!  Good Luck!  

Sign up here:


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72 comments:

Annette said...

I will be posting a review on Les Miserables this week in order to complete the 2012 requirements.
For the 2013 A Classic Adventure, Becky at Becky's Book Reviews and I plan to do a buddy read of Treasure Island....should be fun.

Sarah Reads Too Much said...

That does sound fun! Great job on this years challenge and good luck next year!

Annette said...

Thank you Sarah!
By the way in February I'll be hosting a Russia in February Challenge, for anyone that is interested. It certainly pertains to A Russian Classic under the additional options.

Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories said...

Excited to try out this challenge this year!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

I love the categories and the whole optional/required set up. I'll work on my sign up post and link back as soon as it is up. So excited!

geoffwhaley.com said...

Do re-reads count for the non-re-read categories? I may have just misread it a few times trying to find it. I feel like I won't re-read unless I do the re-read extra option, but just wanted to make sure.

Sarah Reads Too Much said...

Geoff - You can re-read for anything, especially if you have a book in mind for a category that you really want to read even though you've already read it before. But you obviously MUST re-read any book for that category.

Mabel said...

Great categories this year, Sarah. :-)

Sarah Reads Too Much said...

Thank you!

Risa said...

Oh! I'd love to complete all of them! All except the African-American category....and that's because I have absolutely no idea of this part of literature. Any suggestions? I have The Help on my list. But I'm not even sure it can be considered a contemporary classic, can it?

Risa said...

Oh wait! Never mind. I just realised Harper Lee would fit perfectly! All set. Now I just need to sign up. Will need a day or two for that. :)

Adnams said...

I am in. Not finished this years yet but I am determined to do next years a lot quicker.

aardvarkian.com said...

I'm looking forward to this challenge.

Allie said...

Yay! I'm excited for this challenge! I think this and Adam's challenge are the only two I am signing up for this coming year. I fail at completing challenges, so maybe this will help.

thisblogblank said...

This sounds like a lot of fun. Too bad I can't read my own book - I'm the only African American author I know. :)

Elisabeth said...

I wish I had known about this year's challenge! I suppose I can join in on next year's, and I even have a book blog so that'll be perfect. I don't how to link up, though...

Roof Beam Reader said...

I'm in! I'm only doing two year-long challenges in 2013, also. I might do some shorter challenges throughout the year, depending on what comes up (although, those are usually considered "Events", I guess).

Sarah Reads Too Much said...

Elisabeth - Can you see the Linky box above the comments and below the other blog's names/links? All you need to do is type your name/blog's name in the first box and then copy and past the URL address of your blog or your post about the challenge in the second box and hit enter. It should be easy, but only if you can see that box :)

Aarti said...

Oh, how fun! I would love to participate but EVERY SINGLE TIME I sign up for a challenge, I fail it. And then if I don't sign up for challenges, I realize later that I technically qualified. So I think I'll participate in this unofficially - reading six classics next year shouldn't be too hard :-) What a great challenge!

Patty said...

thanks for hosting this challenge Sarah!

Sue Wargo said...

I cannot make heads nor tales of the Mr. Linky thing to sign up. I have a blog. and how do I do it. Thanks.

Sue Wargo said...

got it finally...

Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories said...

Ok so technical question, I was looking at Dante's inferno for the pre-18th century classic. Amazon has one in "modern English", will that still qualify as reading the classic? I hope so cause it is easier for me to understand than the Longfellow translation. Also is the century based on when the book was published or when century it was set in? trying to figure out my books and I am doing the monthly keyword challenge too is I hope some will fulfill both challenges. So excited to get started! C'mon 2013!

Sarah Reads Too Much said...

Tanya - Go ahead and read the modern translation! You can easily note that in your review. Sometimes I think it is better to be able to understand what you are reading, and not just fumble through the old words. As for the century categories- that would be when the book was first published. You can read more recent publications/translations of the work, but the century refers to when it was first published by the author. Hope this helps!

Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories said...

great, thanks Sarah. i was hoping you would say that about reading the modern translation. I did quite enjoy the sample I had downloaded. I am going to give Dantes Inferno a try then for January. it will also fulfill the Monthly keyword challenge for fire for January and has been on my to-read list for awhile. yippee!!

Erica Nicholas said...

Looks fun! I listed all of my books out too. :D

Cat said...

Thanks for hosting - looking forward to participating.

Bev Hankins said...

I'm back for more! One question: for the short stories category, would a book of fairy tales count (say, Andersen's Fairy Tales, for instance)?

hells-librarian said...

I'm in - I really need the motivation to write about what I'm reading. Looking forward to reading everyone's reviews. :-)

Sarah Reads Too Much said...

@Bev Hankins - LOVE that spin on it! Go for it and great idea!

Darlene said...

I did terribly on this year's challenge! I'm signing up again and hope to do better.

Thanks again for hosting!

Bev Hankins said...

Thanks, Sarah! I'll update my list to add the Fairy Tale collection.

GothicVamperstein said...

I probably "need" this challenge, mainly because I got too many classics in my TBR shelfs(!). :-P

Elida said...

I have now entered, but I have not finished my reading list yet. Hopefully I will have it published before January 1st. Thank you for this wonderful challenge:-) Merry Christmas!

Susan said...

I love this challenge. It's been good for me. I hope I make it through again this year!

Brandyn said...

There's definitely a dearth in my normal reading habits in regards to the classics so I'm going to give this a shot this year.

clawsomemanno said...

I've already been planning to read a classic each month but categorising them sounds like a lot of fun! It seems to be a great challenge!

jmisgro said...

so excited for this challenge....hope that I can find books that I have not read!!

Amanda Howell said...

Can any of them cross over? For example can you read the same book for the 19th century challenge, and the Russian classic challenge? Or the same book for the re-read & children's classic?

Sarah Reads Too Much said...

I'm sorry Amanda, but you do need different titles for each category of this challenge. Feel free to cross over titles with other challenges though!

Amanda Howell said...

Alright now worries! I got it figured out. I don't have a blog I can do this with at the moment (I'm revamping my site/blog), but I did a Pinterest pin detailing what I intend to read.

Hannah @ Once Upon A Time said...

Just signed up! Will decide what to read as I go. About time I got back to the classics and got caught up a little.

Dalene @ A Date with a Book said...

Excited to participate, glad you decided to do it again. This will be my first time. I'm not sure what I'm reading yet, but excited to get a few read. Thanks!
http://datesbooks.blogspot.com/2012/12/back-to-classics-2013-challenge.html

Gretchen said...

Hi, I've just signed up for the challenge. My book choices will be somewhat spontaneous. Looking forward to this.

JaneGS said...

Looking forward to joining this challenge and chatting about classics all year! I mostly have my list in order, leaving room for inspiration and out-and-out stealing of others' book lists!

Kristina Marn said...

Thanks for hosting this challenge. I love reading classics and you picked some really fun categories. I'm looking forward to participating.

Stesha Heats said...

So glad to be attacking some of those classics that have been hanging out forever! This is just the motivation I need! Thanks for hosting.

kikiann11 said...

I'm so excited to be participating this year!

Sue Wargo said...

Gathered my pile and starting my challenge with Wilkie Collins "The Moonstone." I've always wanted to read it so onward I go. Good luck everyone

Jane said...

This sounds like a great challenge! Thanks for hosting!

Dana (aka Smiley88) said...

I'm excited about this challenge and am ready to start my first classic for the year. I think I'll read Pride & Prejudice - a book my 15-year-old niece was reading over Christmas break.

Logan E. Turner said...

Thanks for hosting! This is going to be fun!

Kimberly Hawks said...

Excited to get started :)

ChrissiReads said...

I don't know if my comment worked, but I can't wait to get started with this challenge.

25of8 said...

Hope to read a lot more Classics with this challenge!

-Asha

bibliophiliac said...

I'm very excited to participate again this year. Last year I completed 6 books on the challenge, so this year's modified requirements may make it easier for me. Even if I don't complete the challenge, I love to participate.

Sangita Mazumder said...

I have a question here. Shall I submit the link of my blog/review after reading each book? I couldn't find any such linky in the entire post.

Sarah Reads Too Much said...

Hi Sangita! On the left hand side of the blog are all the links to the posts where you can link your reviews.

leahinjapan said...

OK. I love the idea that you have so many people interactive and posting to your blog. People are involved and it is a real "salon"!
But I also am having trouble with Mister Linky. Can you advise me? I am alone here in Japan so no savvy English-speaking bloggers around me! Help!

leahinjapan said...

Please help me figure Mister Linky out!

Karen K. said...

I posted my announcement but completely forgot to sign up through Mr. Linky! Eek! Better late than never, I guess.

Courtney said...

I meant to comment on this before but never did:

The Phantom Tollbooth is my FAVORITE BOOK EVER. Like, most favorite book in the history of me every reading anything.

I still have the copy I got at a book fair in 2nd grade. Sigh. You will love it.

The Readingista said...

I love this challenge. There are not enough events with the classics and would love to list you on Book Blog 411. I could list it myself, but would appreciate you filling out the form so I have the important information.

Jenna said...

I'm delighted I'm not the only classic nerd out there.

In 2012 I decided to read a classic a month, purely for fun, and ended up completing your 2013 challenge by happenstance. I know this doesn't count, but here's what I read, by category. Most of these I'd recommend, except for Robinson Crusoe. I'd have left him stranded on that island, with his diary(!)

19th century classic = Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
20th century classic = My Antonia, by Willa Cather
18th century classic = Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe
African-American experience = Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
Adventure = The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas (very important: must read Penguin Classics unabridged translation by Buss)
Involving an animal = The Reivers, by William Faulkner
Non-fiction = The Places in Between, by Rory Stewart
Young adult = Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson

Others I read in 2012 included Rebecca, which I see you have on your to-read list (loved it - also check out the movie, which is in the public domain on You Tube). After Pride and Prejudice last year I now want to read more Jane Austen. Much to my surprise, I didn't care for either Hammett (The Maltese Falcon) or Chandler (The Big Sleep), though I'm glad I tried them. I adored Wide Sargasso Sea and The Grapes of Wrath.

This year I'm reading an award winner every month, either fiction or non-fiction. At the moment I'm deep into The Looming Tower, by Lawrence Wright (Pulitzer Prize). This year I'd like to read a play, some Poe, and maybe Gulliver's Travels. Somehow I think Jonathan Swift might be more appealing than Defoe.

So interesting to see everyone's selections. I'll be checking in for inspiration for sure. :-)

auzzi said...

I was just wondering, instead of reading a book in the African-American category, could I change it to a book that relates to the Canadian-Chinese experience? I am Canadian and the experiences of Chinese immigrants is closer to my cultural and national history than is the experience of African-Americans.

Sarah Reads Too Much said...

Hmm... the thing is, while I am American, I am not African American so the idea was to experience something outside myself. While I realize a good many participants are African American - I think everyone can gain something by reading about either slavery, segregation, civil rights, etc. especially with this year being a big anniversary of The (American) Civil War. So while I will ask you to stay closer to the given category this year - you've given me a great category to include for next year! Thank you!

auzzi said...

The reason why I wanted to read something about the Chinese-Canadian experience is because there IS a history of racism and segregation in regards to how Chinese immigrants were (and to some extent, continue to be) treated in Canada (just think of how the railroad was built). Respectfully, I am going to continue with my Chinese-Canadian category because I already have the perfect book (sitting in my bookshelf for far too long...)

Janeebb said...

I've never done a reading challenge online before, and I'm extra excited to try this one out!

Laura S. said...

I'm getting a bit of a late start in signing up, but this challenge looks right down my alley! Classic literature is my favorite "genre." Thank you for hosting this challenge!

4everdramatic said...

I'm excited to join this challenge even though I'm starting late. I've been meaning to read a lot more classics. :-)

Lexi said...

I'm so excited to start this challenge. I feel like i'm starting too late in the year though. Only about 5 months of the year left...But i'll make an effort to get it done. When passion is involved anything can happen right?! :)

mave said...

Just in time! Thank you for hosting!

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