Back to the Classics Reading Challenge 2012

Sarah Reads Too Much has recently announced that she will once again be hosting the Back to the Classics Reading Challenge in 2012.

Like this year’s, the challenge is designed to get readers to read more of the Classics.   The different categories in the reading challenge will  also give readers the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of genres.

This is how the reading challenge works:

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!

So, yeah, prizes will be given away next year, which is enough to motivate anyone to start reading, but even if prizes weren’t involved, the challenge would still be worth trying.

The categories for the 2012 Back to the Classics Challenge are:

  • Any 19th Century Classic
  • Any 20th Century Classic
  • Reread a classic of your choice
  • A Classic Play
  • Classic Mystery/Horror/Crime Fiction
  • Classic Romance
  • Read a Classic that has been translated from its original language to your language   – To clarify, if your native language is NOT English, you may read any classic originally written in English that has been translated into your native language.
  • Classic Award Winner  – To clarify, the book should be a classic which has won any established literary award.
  • Read a Classic set in a Country that you (realistically speaking) will not visit during your lifetime  – To Clarify, this does not have to be a country that you hope to visit either.  Countries that no longer exist or have never existed count.

I think the new categories are more interesting than the previous challenge’s categories, and it will be a lot of fun figuring out which books to choose per topic.

Though I never finished the 2011 Challenge, I’m quite excited to start this new one.  Hopefully I will do better next year.  Who knows, it might just be the first time I ever finish a reading challenge.

Make sure to visit Sarah Reads Too Much for more details  and to sign up for the challenge (and because her site is very good).  Thanks to Heather for posting the challenge on her awesome blog, Between the Covers – make sure you check out her blog too!

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10 thoughts on “Back to the Classics Reading Challenge 2012

  1. Thanks for alerting me about this. Excited to join. I’m having trouble thinking of a book that falls under the seventh category, though. Do you have any book in mind?

  2. Thank you so much for joining up again! I’m glad you like the new categories… gotta keep it fresh, you know? 🙂

    As for what counts as a Classic – I think Classics are books that left their mark on the literary world. They may or may not be “old”. If you have an idea for a book, and you think it should be considered a classic for that category – go ahead and explain why in your post. I should probably do a post myself explaining this, shouldn’t I?

    • And thanks for hosting! This is a really great challenge. I will promise to work harder next year lol. I think Aldrin’s concern is not being able to find a classic novel translated in his native language…or if he does find some, his choices would be very limited. Well, I guess it’s a concern for me too. lol. But don’t worry, we’ll manage 🙂 I’m having a lot of fun just trying to choose the right books for the different categories.

  3. I saw this challenge the other day – so excited! Since I’m a new blogger, I can’t wait to sign up for challenges in the upcoming year =) They seem so fun. Besides this one, what are other ways you generally find out about interesting reading challenges?

    • Me too! Actually you can head on over to Sarah’s blog and sign up for it now even though it hasn’t started yet. There are several other reading challenges there if you want to try out other challenges. I find out out reading challenges usually just by reading book blogs, and I find interesting book blogs by going to the “topic” tab on wordpress and browsing under the “books” tag. If you visit that page a few times a day you will see all the newly posted blog articles. I think that’s how I found your blog too 🙂 I guess you can also google reading challenges…? Might turn up a few interesting ones. Good luck!

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