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Classics Challenge 2010

April 1 – October 31, 2010

Trish at Trish’s Reading Nook is hosting The Classics Challenge 2010 – and although I am getting close to my saturation point with challenges, this is one I really should do…and it gives me excellent motivation to read more classics.

There are three participation levels:

  1. Classics Snack – Read FOUR classics
  2. Classics Entree – Read FIVE classics
  3. Classics Feast – Read SIX classics

The Rules:

  • Cross-posting with other challenges is allowed (and encouraged!)
  • Audiobooks are fine
  • Re-reads are acceptable, BUT books must be finished after April 1st to count for the challenge
  • Lists don’t have to be set in stone; you can change your selections at any time
  • You do NOT need a blog to participate.

There is also a bonus round which Trish explains:

In the past two challenges we compiled a list of books that we think might be considered classics one day. I’ve wiped out that old list so we can start fresh, but to get an idea of what others suggested in the past, see HERE and HERE. To start off the list, I’m going to suggest Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.

If you want to participate in the bonus round, choose a book from the list and read that in addition to the classics you have picked (e.g., if you are doing the classics snack, you will read five books total and so on).


I am choosing level 1: Classics Snack (4 books) and I MAY participate in the Bonus round…we’ll see.

Here is a list of tentative choices:

  1. Therese Raquin, by Emile Zola – COMPLETED April 18, 2010; rated 4/5; read my review.
  2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger – COMPLETED June 20, 2010; rated 3/5; read my review.
  3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey – COMPLETED August 14, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review.
  • Frenchman’s Creek, by Daphne DuMaurier
  • My Antonia, by Willa Cather
  • Of Human Bondage, by W. Somerset Maugham
  • The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins


  1. March 6, 2010    

    Good luck!

  2. March 9, 2010    

    I love both Zola and Cather! Great list!

  3. March 12, 2010    

    Kathy: Thanks!

    JT: I haven’t read either of them – glad you like them both 🙂

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