Friday, December 28, 2012

2013 Challenges: Back to Classics





Host: Sarah Reads Too Much

Name: Back to Classics 2013
Dates: Jan - Dec
# Books: 6+

What I read:

1. A Classic Adventure: Treasure Island. Robert Louis Stevenson.
2. A 20th Century Classic: The Little Prince. Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
3. Classic Short Stories: The Man With Two Left Feet. P.G. Wodehouse.
4. A Classic Non-fiction: In The Steps of St. Paul. H.V. Morton.
5. A 19th Century Classic: Les Miserables. Victor Hugo. Translated and Introduced by Norman Denny. 1862/1976
6. A Classic Children's/ Young Adult: Pollyanna. Eleanor H. Porter.
7. Re-read a Classic: Cranford. Elizabeth Gaskell.
8. A Pre-18th or 18th Century Classic: Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
9. Classic About the African-American Experience: Iola Leroy by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
10. Animal Classic: Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The Required Categories:
  1. A 19th Century Classic
  2. A 20th Century Classic
  3. A Pre-18th or 18th Century Classic
  4. A Classic that relates to the African-American Experience - This can be an African-American author, or a book relating to slavery, civil rights, or African-American culture.
  5. A Classic Adventure
  6. A Classic that prominently features an Animal - This can feature animal characters or animals in the title (real or imagined)
Optional Categories:
    A.  Re-read a Classic
   B.  A Russian Classic
   C.  A Classic Non-Fiction title
   D.  A Classic Children's/Young Adult title
   E.  Classic Short Stories - collection must include at least 3 short stories by the same author, or at 
                                              least 3 stories collected together by genre, time period, etc.


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1 comments:

Sarah Reads Too Much 10:43 PM  

Thanks for joining and good luck! Happy reading!

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