2017 Challenges

The Goals:

  • Read at least 26 books this year
    1. Blue Lily, Lily Blue
    2. The Epic of Gilgamesh
    3. Beauty
    4. The Raven King
  • Continue to focus on my Classics Club list
    1. The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • At least two semi-contemporary translated works
  • Plenty of Children’s Classics! Sometime this spring (April) for the next Children’s Classic Literature Event

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The Challenges:

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Hosted by Jay at Bibliophilopolis. My goal is to…well actually complete the reading for this challenge. Posting optional. (My list HERE.)

  1. Q of Clubs – Fray Luis de León, “Oda III”
  2. 8 of Clubs – Francisco de la Torre, “Soneto V,” “Soneto XX,” and “Soneto XXIII”
  3. A of Diamonds – Ben Jonson, “To the Memory of My Beloved Master, William Shakespeare”
  4. 10 of Spades – Bertolt Brecht, “The Augsburg Chalk Circle”
  5. 3 of Hearts – Pearl S. Buck, “The Old Demon”
  6. 6 of Diamonds – Robert Burns,  “Tam o’ Shanter”
  7. 7 of Spates – Lilika Nakos, “Maternity”
  8. 5 of Clubs – Garcilaso de la Vega, “Canción III”
  9. J of Hears – James Joyce, “The Boarding House”
  10. 9 of Clubs – Francisco de la Torre, “Endecha II”

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Hosted by Karen at Books and Chocolate. All Books must be at least 50 years old. My goal is to read and post on at least six categories.

1.  A 19th Century Classic – any book published between 1800 and 1899.

2.  A 20th Century Classic – any book published between 1900 and 1967.

3.  A classic by a woman author.

4.  A classic in translation.  Any book originally written published in a language other than your native language. Feel free to read the book in your language or the original language. (You can also read books in translation for any of the other categories).

5.  A classic published before 1800. Plays and epic poems are acceptable in this category also. [The Epic of Gilgamesh]

6.  An romance classic. I’m pretty flexible here about the definition of romance. It can have a happy ending or a sad ending, as long as there is a strong romantic element to the plot.

7.  A Gothic or horror classic.

8.  A classic with a number in the title.

9.  A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title.  It an actual animal or a metaphor, or just the name.

10. A classic set in a place you’d like to visit. It can be real or imaginary.

11. An award-winning classic. It could be the Newbery award, the Prix Goncourt, the Pulitzer Prize, the James Tait Award, etc. Any award, just mention in your blog post what award your choice received.

12. A Russian Classic. 2017 will be the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, so read a classic by any Russian author.