Not much. Decided to minimize the challenges, partly cuz of how it limits my reading (though it also gets me reading some stuff I would not have otherwise, although the Readalongs may be more responsible for that. Not sure) and partly, I hate the linking back. I realize this is kind of stupid, but once I read the book and I reported on my own challenge page I’d done it, going on and linking to the review got annoying. Probably because Too Many Challenges. But mainly, I had a list of books to get through in the last two months of 2014 and even though I was good and read only those books, I didn’t quite read them fast enough. And I couldn’t read anything else. I like the idea of reading some old stuff and getting through a bunch of classics. I don’t join the classics site because I don’t want to choose which ones at first. I like flexibility. I certainly didn’t plan to read Eugene Onegin last year, but when the readalong came up, I joined in and was glad I did. But it wouldn’t have counted, because I don’t think Eugene Onegin would have made my top 50 or even 100. Though it should – surprisingly entertaining read.
So, while I will keep the idea of reading books from different countries and different time periods, I’m only entering two challenges, I believe.
The Vintage Bingo Golden Card Challenge by Bev @ myreadersblock.blogspot.com
I read golden age mysteries anyway so this is more of a fun way to do what I’m doing anyway.
and the other is the
Back to the Classics Challenge 2015
This will make sure there are at least 6 and hopefully more classics in my reading this year. All very well to say I’ll keep reading them, but given my pre-blog record since college, I’m not trusting myself completely.
Karen’s Books and Chocolate Blog hosts and the idea is to read at least half of the following:
3. A Classic by a Woman Author.
5. A Very Long Classic Novel — a single work of 500 pages or longer. This does not include omnibus editions combined into one book, or short story collections.
9. A Forgotten Classic. This could be a lesser-known work by a famous author, or a classic that nobody reads any more. If you look on Goodreads, this book will most likely have less than 1000 ratings. This is your chance to read one of those obscure books from the Modern Library 100 Best Novels or 1001 Books to Read Before You Die. Books published by Virago Modern Classics,Persephone, and NYRB Classics often fall into this category.