Since I love to challenge myself, for this year I’m going to participate in more book challenges! There are loads of fun ones, so I’ve selected three that I want to try. I figure these will keep me motivated to keep my book count high in 2018! Here are my 2018 challenges:
This is the one I participated in last year, and it’s a great way to read more classic books. The idea is to read at least 6 of the 12 categories; books must be published by 1968. Hosted by Karen at Books & Chocolate.
Here are my tentative selections for this year (you are allowed to change your choices from your original sign-up):
1. A 19th century classic: I have several works by Dickens that are untouched, so probably one of those. I’m thinking The Old Curiosity Shop since that’s one in particular that tends to divide fans.
2. A 20th century classic: I’ve been wanting to read Ralph Ellison’s masterpiece Invisible Man for quite some time.
3. A classic by a woman author: How do you choose between so many great female authors? Here are some of my options: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, The Last Man by Mary Shelley, or Lady Susan by Jane Austen. Tough choice this one.
4. A classic in translation: It’s been awhile since I read Kafka so going with The Trial for this category.
5. A children’s classic: This is a fun category, and you can’t go wrong with Roald Dahl so probably either James and the Giant Peach or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
6. A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction: I really loved Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd so selecting Murder on the Orient Express. I just saw the new movie version and loved it!
7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction: I’ve been wanting to revisit Jonathan Swift’s classic Gulliver’s Travels. I did a paper back in college on it and have been wanting to do a reread.
8. A classic with a single-word title: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. It’s on my TBR list for 2018.
9. A classic with a color in the title: My fellow blogger Joelendil’s Kingdom of Books recommended The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson. I’ve been on a roll with his stuff lately, and this one sounds light and fun.
10. A classic by an author that’s new to you: Undecided for this one!
11. A classic that scares you: Is there a classic you’ve been putting off forever? A really long book which intimidates you because of its sheer length? Now’s the time to read it, and hopefully you’ll be pleasantly surprised! It’s time I conquered my fear of Moby Dick. It will be read this year!
12. Re-read a favorite classic: Too many choices here, but I’m thinking of reading more Bradbury this year, so let’s go with his classic Something Wicked This Way Comes.
- If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
- I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
- Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
- The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
- Carrie by Stephen King
- The Trial by Franz Kafka
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
- Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
- The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
- The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville (didn’t get to it in 2017, determined to tackle it)
- The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
- The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
This is another new challenge for me this year, hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader. The idea is to “tour” Europe by reading a book set in a different country with a different author. The person with the highest number of qualifying reviews receives a gift card prize! There are different levels, so I’m signing up for the top level:
FIVE STAR (DELUXE ENTOURAGE): Read at least five books by different European authors or books set in different European countries.
In addition to the above challenges, I will continue to work on books that are on the 1001 Books list and participate once again in Austen in August. I’ve created a page to track my progress on all three challenges here.