Starting January 1st, Sarah of Sarah Reads Too Much is hosting the Back to the Classics Challenge of 2012. Here are the details from Sarah’s blog:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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….
- 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!
I was really excited to find out about this challenge because I grabbed quite a few classics at the library book sale last week. This gives me the perfect opportunity to read them and be a part of the challenge and the book blogging community.
Not pictured: Melmoth the Wanderer, The Trial
There are nine categories for the challenge, and these are the books I have chosen to read:
- Any 19th-century classic: Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray
- Any 20th-century classic: Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
- Classic reread: Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
- Classic play: The Crucible, by Arthur Miller
- Classic mystery/horror/crime fiction: Melmoth the Wanderer, by Charles Robert Maturin
- Classic romance: Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert
- Classic that has been translated from its original language: The Trial, by Franz Kafka
- Classic award winner: The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton
- Classic set in a country that I will not visit during my lifetime: Dead Souls, by Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol
Anyone is welcome to participate, so if you’re interested you can click on the challenge button at the top of this post to be taken directly to the sign-up on Sarah’s blog. I have also put a button in my sidebar that links directly to Sarah’s website in case you decide later that you’d like to participate.
I’m looking forward to this… happy reading!