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!