Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sign-Up: The Classics 2011 Reading Challenge

FEBRUARY 9TH UPDATE!
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As I mentioned previously, I've signed up for several reading challenges this year, but I've decided to host a challenge of my own as well. I suppose it's my own academic background that has compelled me a great deal to challenge you to add a few of "The Classics" to your reading list this year. Now, I use the term "classics" rather broadly and this can include more contemporary classics as well such as The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, or My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki. (Just to name a few of my personal favorites).  If you google "classic reading list" or "Top 100 Classic Literature" you'll find numerous listings of books as well. Or if you're interested in reading solely Classic Women's Literature, or even Children's Classics you can google that as well.  And I'm sure there's something for everyone's liking!
So far on my own list::
The Good Earth ~ Pearl S. Buck
Bread Givers ~ Anzia Yezerska
Salome of the Tenements ~ Anzia Yezerska
Anna Karenina ~ Leo Tolstoy
The Metamorphosis ~ Franz Kafka
Atlas Shrugged ~Ayn Rand






The Country Shopkeeper



Sign Up:
To sign up you MUST make a post on your blog about participating in the challenge - you then use the URL of the post to sign up to the challenge by adding it to Mr Linky below. DO NOT just add your blog URL - this will be deleted.

You must add the button to your sidebar - make sure that it links back to this post so others can join the challenge if they wish. Easiest way to do this is to copy and paste the code displayed above!
 
Details:
Timeline:  January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011
 
Rules: To read EIGHT (8) "Classic"  novels in 2011 (8  is the minimum but you can read more if you wish!)
You don't have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront you can change them any time! The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you are participating in.
You can join anytime!

Later this week, I'll create a page just for The Classics Reading Challenge and each month I'll add a new linky where you can add your reviews, thoughts, comments, and so forth that you post on your blog to share with other participants. So, once you sign-up please be sure to come back and link your reviews!
PLEASE LINK YOUR REVIEWS HERE AS WELL. TO LINK YOUR REVIEWS SIMPLY PROVIDE THE TITLE & AUTHOR WITH A DIRECT LINK TO YOUR POST.
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23 comments:

  1. I'm a new follower and I hope you'll stop by my blog and follow me too! Have a great day!

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  2. Good luck on your challenge! Love your blog design it's feels like home! Stop by and follow me if you wish@ www.thefictionfairy.com!

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  3. Hi there!! I've given you an award.
    I hope you will take the time to stop by, check it out and accept it.

    http://fortheluvofsanity.blogspot.com/2011/01/awardsive-won-awards.html

    Have a great day!
    ~Steph

    P.S. Best of luck on your reading challenge. I'd join, but I'm already signed up for like six or so...I'm reading just over 200 books, hopefully ;)

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  4. This is a great list. I wished I could sign up.

    Happy New Year!!!

    Fellow Blog Hopper:)

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  5. Hi, New follower from Swingin' by Sunday! :)
    Cheers!
    Jen
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  8. As a former librarian, I definitely admire you for starting this challenge! :) I'm a new follower from the Making Friends Monday blog hop--I would love it if you'd follow me back!

    http://thetypeahousewife.blogspot.com/

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  9. Stopping by from Making Friends Monday and now I am a new follower. I wish I could get into the classics, but good luck :)

    Having Fun Blogging
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    http://mrsphilipswithonel.blogspot.com/

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  10. Hi there, a new follower from Mingle Monday. Hope you can follow me back at Nostalgic Marveling, happy new year!

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  11. I'm a new follower, would love it if you could come follow me back! Have a great week!

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    Thanks!
    Karen

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  13. I am a new follower. I hope you will follow me back.
    Nancy
    www.findingblessingsineverydaylife.blogspot.com

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  18. Just stopped by from the blog hop, and I LOVE it over here! Looking forward to following and visiting here again.
    God Bless,
    Debbie

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  19. This is exactly the Challenge for me! Thanks so much for hosting! I'm a new follower!!
    http://universeinwords.blogspot.com/2011/01/2011-classics-reading-challenge.html

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  20. Hi! Just stopping by from the Say Hi Sunday Blog Hop. I'd love it if you'd come vist and follow me too at my new giveaway blog, Swagtastic Mama!

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  21. I am a brand new visitor and follower and wish you the best with your reading challenge..I'm not sure I could keep up since I am writing books this year but I may try!

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  22. Your blog is so pretty! I love the idea of a reading challenge. I am taking mine at a slower pace. I'd love to read Tolstoy. I'll have to think about it. Thanks for the idea!

    I am a new follower. Please visit and follow me back. Have a wonderful day!

    Blessings
    Mrs. White

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  23. hmm... I might sign up...I've got a huge pile of classics on my TBR list. Great challenge idea!!

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