2015 – What’s Up with That?

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.

Vintage Golden Card 2015

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:

1.  A 19th Century Classic — any book published between 1800 and 1899.
 
2.  A 20th Century Classic — any book published between 1900 and 1965.  Just like last year, all books must have been published at least 50 years ago to qualify as a classic.  The only exception is books that were published posthumously but written at least 50 years ago.)

3.  A Classic by a Woman Author.

 
4.  A Classic in Translation. As in last year’s category, this can be any classic book originally written or a published in a language that is not your first language.  Feel free to read it in its original form if you are comfortable reading in another language.  

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.  


6.  A Classic Novella — any work shorter than 250 pages.  For a list of suggestions, check out this list of World’s Greatest Novellas from Goodreads.
 
7.  A Classic with a Person’s Name in the Title.  First name, last name, or both, it doesn’t matter, but it must have the name of a character.  David Copperfield, The Brothers Karamazov, Don Quixote — something like that. It’s amazing how many books are named after people!
 
8.  A Humorous or Satirical Classic.  Humor is very subjective, so this one is open to interpretation.  Just tell us in the review why you think it’s funny or satirical.   For example, if you think that Crime and Punishment and funny, go ahead and use it, but please justify your choice in your post. 

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.  


10.  A Nonfiction Classic.  A memoir, biography, essays, travel, this can be any nonfiction work that’s considered a classic, or a nonfiction work by a classic author.  You’d be surprised how many classic authors dabbled in nonfiction writing — I have nonfiction books by Dickens, Trollope, Twain, and Steinbeck on my shelves. 
 
11.  A Classic Children’s Book.  A book for your inner child!  Pick a children’s classic that you never got around to reading.  
 
12.  A Classic Play.  Your choice, any classic play, as long as it was published or performed before 1965.  Plays are only eligible for this specific category.
I want to thank everyone whose challenges and readalongs I joined or attempted to join last year, and heck 2013, too, when I started this.   I’ve read a lot more in the past year and a half than I had for ages previously!   And thanks to Karen and Bev for hosting the two I’m signing up for now and  I’m hoping to find some interesting readalongs, too.  Thanks also to every blogger I read whether I follow you regularly or stumbled across one review and then forgot who you were and every fellow readalonger and readathoner.   It’s been great for my own reading discovering this online community and sharing opinions of books old and new.   Keep up the good work, everyone!
new-year-fireworks
And again, Happy New Year!
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