Challenge Link-Up Post: 20th Century Classic

Jan 26, 2012 by

Announcing.... The Back To The Classics Challenge 2012!

Please link your reviews for your 20th Century Classic here.  This post is only for the 20th Century Classic category.  If you do not have a blog, or anyplace where you post books reviews publicly on the internet, please write your mini-review/thoughts in the comments section.

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Announcing…. The Back To The Classics Challenge 2012!

Dec 26, 2011 by

Announcing.... The Back To The Classics Challenge 2012!Are you excited?  I am!!  I have had a lot of fun running the Back To The Classics Challenge 2011 – but I will admit that a learning curve was involved.  This is the second year of the Challenge, and I hope that this year’s categories interest and excite you.  There are some repeats, which I think you’d expect, but I’ve had a lot of fun choosing new categories.

Here are the nitty gritty details:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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….
  5. 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!
Let me know if you have any questions, or if I need to make any clarifications.
Now that is all out of the way, want to see the categories?  Sure you do!  Here they are:
  • 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 language   – 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.

Well, what do you think?  I’m hoping that something really appeals to everyone, and that maybe one of the categories will make you a little uncomfortable.  There are nine categories for twelve months.  Hopefully you will have enough time to finish without stress, or shying away from a longer/more difficult book because of time constraints.  You do not need to specify which books you plan on reading ahead of time, unless you’d like to.

So, go ahead and sign up with the Linky below or in the comments!  Please spread the word and share the fun….. Good Luck to Everyone!!

Edited to add:  There are questions about what counts as a Classic for the Challenge.  Hopefully, I’ve answered the question HERE.  Join the conversation!

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Back to the Classics Challenge 2012: What is a Classic?

Nov 26, 2011 by

This Challenge is getting some great attention already!  So many people are talking about it, Twittering about it… the enthusiasm is incredible.  So thank you for all that.  I love that you are as excited about this challenge as I am.   A few people have already formally signed up and posted book lists already.  You are already a step ahead of me!  But I’ll get there, I promise.  But in the meantime, I am seeing lots of comments and questions asking “Does this count as a Classic?”  “I want to read this, but I’m not sure if it is a Classic or not…”  Well, I am going to try and answer that here.  Try being the operative word here, because as most avid readers will tell you – just about anything is debatable, and the definition of a “Classic” is certainly no exception.

I created this Challenge last year to almost force myself into reading some of the great books out there that I hadn’t gotten to yet.  It worked for me.  I don’t want to lose that.  I have noticed that I am reading more and more new(er) release books lately, and I want to keep myself grounded in the Classics.  Therefore, I am continuing the Challenge.  Also, I really have a lot of fun with it – not to mention meeting new people & their blogs.

So, for the purpose of the Challenge – What is a Classic?  I think a basic working definition to use here would be any book that has left its mark on the world.  I want to say “literary world”, but that is not always exactly the case, is it?  It is a book that is remembered, or can conjure an image in anyone’s mind whether they have read it or not.  In most cases, these books are old.  But I also believe that some more recent works could be considered Classics, which is why I kept the “20th century Classic” category.

I really want this Challenge to be challenging and fun at the same time.  If you have a book that you want to read, feel that it is a Classic though maybe others might be on the fence about classifying it that way – argue your point.  In your review/comments on the book once you’ve read it, state your position and why it counts as a Classic.  Does that sound fair?  What do you think?

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Back to the Classics Challenge 2011

Nov 17, 2010 by

Classic Challenges

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.

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