One of the two challenges I took part in this year was the Back to the Classics Challenge, in which the participant had to read books that matched twelve pre-set categories. There’s a $30 Amazon.com prize on the line:
- Complete six categories, and you get one entry in the drawing
- Complete nine categories, and you get two entries in the drawing
- Complete all twelve categories, and you get three entries in the drawing
I only finished eight of the twelve books. Technically, nine of the books, but I just finished the The Metamorphosis and haven’t had a chance to do a write-up on it. Despite failing somewhat, it was still fun to participate. These things tend to prompt me to pick up books that might have otherwise wasted away on the shelf for years.
- A 19th Century Classic – The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
- A 20th Century Classic – The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
- A Classic by a Woman Author – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- A Classic in Translation – Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
- A Very Long Classic Novel – For Whom the Bell Tolls by Earnest Hemingway
- A Classic Novella – The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
- A Classic with a Person’s Name in the Title – Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- A Humorous or Satirical Classic – A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
- A Forgotten Classic – The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle
- A Nonfiction Classic – Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson
- A Classic Children’s Book – A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde
- A Classic Play – The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
My favourite of the bunch was To Kill a Mockingbird, although I really enjoyed most of them. The biggest dissapointment for me was A House of Pomegranates, but I think I had the wrong expectations going in on that one.
I’ll be signing up for the 2016 challenge in a couple days as well. I completely forgot about challenges this last month, so I’ll have a quick look for others that look interesting.