Friday, November 18, 2011

Another Reading Challenge for 2012!

Watch out - we’re starting to get challenge fever (on a slightly unrelated note we may be starting to get an actual fever, in which case you should also probably watch out...)!

We had so much fun this year that we decided to tackle The Back to the Classics Challenge again in 2012!    Even with an extra read and enhanced categories for next year, we’re determined to come out on top.  After considerable deliberation, our picks are below:

  1. 19th Century Classic – The Mayor of Casterbridge (Thomas Hardy)
  2. 20th Century Classic – Birdsong (Sebastian Faulks)
  3. Reread a Classic of your Choice – A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
  4. A Classic play – Hamlet (William Shakespeare)
  5. Classic mystery – The Moonstone (Wilkie Collins)
  6. Classic romance – Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
  7. Classic translated into your language – Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
  8. Classic award winner – Goodnight Mr. Tom (Michelle Magorian)
  9. Classic set in a country that you will (probably) not visit – Kim (Rudyard Kipling)

Are we overlooking anything?  Special thanks to Sarah over at Sarah Reads Too Much for hosting this fantastic challenge!


  1. Yay! Thanks for joining in again!! You have some unique titles on your list - I like it! Good Luck! (and hope you are feeling better!)

  2. I love this challenge. These look like great books. I haven't picked mine yet - that's half the fun.

  3. I couldn't resist this one either. I just read Kim a couple of weeks ago, so I can't wait to hear what you think of it. I loved Mayor of Casterbridge, Hamlet and the Moonstone. I've read Tale of Two Cities twice, so of course I think it's a good choice for a reread!

  4. I'm taking part in this one too! You guys have some awesome picks for the challenge - enjoy!

  5. I've signed up for this one, too. I highly recommend pairing your Hamlet read with the Kenneth Branagh movie. It's really entertaining. Good luck with the challenge :)