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2020 Reading Challenge: #ClassicsCommunity

Name: #ClassicsCommunity
Host: Lucy the Reader (youtube, twitter, goodreads)
Goodreads Group: #ClassicsCommunity 2020 Reading Challenge
Duration: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020

My goal: I don't have a set number of books to read throughout the year. But I do have a challenge-y way I want to go about reading classics. My goal is to read one (possibly two or even three) chapters per day. Of course, I will need "grace" days. BUT. If I can manage to read between five to eight chapters per week, I should be able to read a LOT more classics. But perhaps more importantly, I'll stay immersed in a book and enjoy the reading experience more. Despite my "good" intentions, I'm currently reading about three chapters a month in my "current" classic. It's hard to feel I'm currently reading ANY classic when my reading is more accidental than not.

I do want to blend NEW-TO-ME titles with NEW-TO-ME authors all the while not forgetting my absolute favorite and best authors and titles. I am A REREADER. That won't be changing. But I don't want my potential list to JUST be rereading Austen for the seventeenth time.

January
1. Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories. Compiled by Martin Edwards. 2018. The British Library/Poisoned Pen Press. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy] [Genres: Short Stories; Mystery; Classics]
2. The Sobbin' Women. Stephen Vincent Benet. 1937. 26 pages. [Source: Online]
3. Twelfth Night. William Shakespeare. 1601. 272 pages. [Source: Bought] [Play; Shakespeare; Classic]
4. Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury. 1953. 190 pages. [Source: Library] [Classic; Dystopia; Speculative Fiction]
5. Can You Forgive Her? Anthony Trollope. 1865. 847 pages. [Source: Bought] [Classic; Romance; Dysfunctional Families]

February

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September

October

November

December

Her video about the challenge:


The #ClassicsCommunity is an Internet-based reading group and challenge for anyone who loves classics or wants to read more of them. You can set your own goals -- or take part in the baseline challenge to read at least 12 classics during the year -- such as 'read 3 Victorian classics' or 'read 25 classics during 2020' or 'read 5 Russian classics'. The number one aim is to have fun!

In the first two weeks of January (Wednesday 1st - Wednesday 15th) the #Classicsathon will return to kickstart your classics reading year! Create your own Classics TBR and read as many classics as you can during the first fortnight of the year.



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1 comments:

Unknown 12:18 PM  

Excited to see your progress! I'm going to create a shelf for myself on Good Reads. My goal is 12 classics (1 per month) and rereading all of Jane Austen's novels for a total of 20 classis in 2020! Looking forward to following your progress on the blog.

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