Category Archives: Current Challenges

Back to the Classics Challenge 2016

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I’ll be giving the Back to the Classics challenge another go. The idea is the same as last year, to read a novel from each of the 12 challenges within the year. In this case, a classic is anything published over fifty years ago. I’d like to read all twelve, but even an incomplete list will garner entries for the… Read more »

2015 TBR Pile Challenge Wrap-Up

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Hey, I succeeded on this one! I knew I’d read at least twelve books from my to-read pile, but I’m happy to have specifically read twelve books from this list. I love making lists of books, but I often have trouble following those lists, as I tend to add books I feel I’ve been ignoring, which may or may not… Read more »

Back to the Classics Challenge 2015 Wrapup

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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… Read more »

2015 TBR Pile Challenge

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My second and final book challenge this year will be the 2015 TBR Pile Challenge. The goal is to read 12 books that have been on your shelf for at least an entire year. A noble ambition, I think, so here’s my proposed list: A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde For Whom the Bell Tolls by Earnest Hemingway The… Read more »

Back to the Classics Challenge 2015

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The Back to the Classics Challenge was a fun motivator when I participated a few years back, so it seemed like a no-brainer to sign up again. It’s now hosted by Books and Chocolate and is organized a little differently. There’s now a draw at the end of the year for an Amazon gift certificate, and you enter by completing… Read more »

The Classics Club – Year Two

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The anniversary of my signing on to The Classics Club flew past without my noticing a couple months back. I am now twenty-three books into my fifty book goal and there’s three years left, so that should be no problem at all. The list so far: The Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues by Plato (Sometime BC) Much Ado… Read more »

The Classics Club – Year One

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As of March 23rd, I’ve been in The Classics Club for one whole year. I can’t believe it’s been a year already, but I’m happy to say I’m well ahead of schedule. The goal I set was fifty books in five years, the minimum requirement, as I wasn’t sure how I’d adjust to reading more classics. I’ve now reviewed fifteen… Read more »

Back to the Classics Challenge 2013

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I’m also joining the Back to the Classics Challenge again this year, as I really enjoyed the 2012 challenge. There are six required categories and five optional categories. My list may change, but here are my tentative choices. Required: A 19th Century Classic – Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson A 20th Century Classic – The End of the Affair… Read more »

The 2013 TBR Pile Challenge

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The Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues was my last book for the 2012 TBR Pile Challenge. I got through 12 books that had been on my shelf since at least 2010, so thanks to Roof Beam Reader for the push. I finished just in time to start the 2013 challenge! The challenge is to read 12 books (allowing… Read more »

The Classics Club

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I’ve decided to join The Classics Club. I’ve been reading more classics lately, and I’d like to continue that trend. And I can’t resist a good list. The goal is to read 50+ classic novels in five years. Will I be blogging in five years? Will I be alive in five years? Will society as we know it still exist… Read more »