2018 Reading Challenges

I'm only going to try a couple reading challenges this year because I want to focus on finishing up my Classics Club list. However I do love challenges and I want to sign up for at least a couple challenges that will fit in with my reading list.

Back to the Classics 2018 Challenge 

Hosted by Karen at Books and Chocolate and you can sign up HERE.
This is one of my favorite challenges and last year I fell one short of completing it. :( Since may focus is on completing the Classics Club this year anyways this will go perfectly with this challenge.
1. A 19th century classic -  The Way we Live Now by Anthony Trollope
2. A 20th century classic - The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
3. A classic by a woman author- The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot 
4. A classic in translation- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
5. A children's classic- Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane by P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins and the House Next Door by P.L. Travers
6. A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction- The 39 Steps by John Buchan
7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction- The Epic of Gilgamesh
8. A classic with a single-word title- Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, Kim, by Rudyard Kipling
9. A classic with a color in the title- The White Company by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
10. A classic by an author that's new to you- The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
11. A classic that scares you- Moby Dick by Herman Melville, East of Eden by John Steinbeck
12. Re-read a favorite classic- Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

2018 TBR Pile Challenge

Hosted by Roof Beam Reader and you can sign up HERE
This is one of the first challenges I ever signed up for but it's been on hiatus for the last couple years so I'm excited to see it back. 
  1. The 39 Steps by John Buchan 
  2. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs 
  3. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevesky 
  4. The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 
  5. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy 
  6. Cyarno de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand 
  7. Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare 
  8. Beau Geste by P.C. Wren 
  9. Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes
  10. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson 
  11. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson 
  12. Kim by Rudyard Kipling 
Alternates
  1. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevesky
  2. The Epic of Gilgamesh

Mount TBR Pile Challenge

Hosted by My Reader's Block and you can sign up HERE. I'm signing up for the Mount Blanc level, which is 24 books.
This will go well with my goal to complete my Classics Club list as I own several of the books on my list. Here's the books I'm planning to read and no not all of them are off my Classics Club list.

  1. The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
  2. The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot
  3. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  4. Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare 
  5. Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare 
  6. The Tempest by William Shakespeare
  7. Love's Labour's Lost by William Shakespeare 
  8. Richard III by William Shakespeare 
  9. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare 
  10. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson
  11. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
  12. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  13. Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes 
  14. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 
  15. Intensity by Dean Koontz
  16. Your Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz
  17. Tick Tock by Dean Koontz
  18. To Fly Again by Gracia Burnham 
  19. Shepherding a Child's Heart by Ted Tripp
  20. Cherish by Gary Thomas 
  21. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine 
  22. Because of Winn Dixie by Kate diCamillo
  23. Love and Friendship by Whit Stillman 
  24. Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth
  25. Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth
  26. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  27. Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
  28. Master and Commander by Patrick O Brien 
  29. Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth 
  30. All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot
  31. All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot
  32. James Herriot's Dog Stories by James Herriot
  33. The Lord God Made Them All by James Herriot
  34. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
  35. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer 

Read it Again Sam Challenge

Hosted by My Reader's Block and you can sign up HERE.  I'm signing up for the Déjá Vu Level which is 4 books. 
Here's a few books I'd like to re-read this year. 
  1. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  2. Redwall by Brian Jacques
  3. The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

7 comments:

  1. HI Lois! I can relate to already wanting to do the Mount TBR and Re-reading challenges in 2018. Embracing slow reading and slow book-buying next year has been on my mind for a while...so that I can savour books more. I have been aching to read unabridged versions of Count of Monte Cristo and Les Mis as well as other Christian titles. Lillian

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  2. Thanks so much for joining me in 2018!

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  3. Lovely to see The 39 Steps on your Reading Pile Challenge list, he's one of my favourite authors. I read Kim as part of my Open University course and really enjoyed it. Good luck with your challenges!

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  4. Thanks for signing up for the Back to the Classics Challenge! I loved The Way We Live Now -- it's long, but it's Trollope's masterpiece. I couldn't stop reading it! And I was also scared by Steinbeck. I started with Travels with Charley which is wonderful (and short). East of Eden is great -- I much preferred it to Moby Dick!

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  5. Hi Lois, it's an impressive list! Return of the native is in my Classics Club list too, but maybe I'd keep it for 2019. Moby Dick has been one of my favorites; it's surprisingly entertaining inspite of the thickness... I will read East of Eden too next year. I loved Grapes of Wrath, and hope East of Eden will be as captivating as Grapes, or even better.
    Good luck with your challenges!

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  6. Hello! I found you via Back to Classics link up! I enjoyed your list here and love poking around your blog. We chose some of the same authors/ or titles! I'm going to read East of Eden as well!

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  7. Excellent choices. I need to get to the Epic of Gilgamesh one of these days.

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