Sunday, December 14, 2014

Two More Challenges for 2015

The Goal - to read a minimum of six classics between 1 Jan - 31 Dec 1015 .

The Categories

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

2.  A 20th Century Classic – any book published between 1900 and 1965.  Just like last year, all books must have been published at least 50 years ago to qualify as a classic.

3.  A Classic by a Woman Author.

4.  A Classic in Translation.

The Kill by Emile Zola

5.  A Very Long Classic Novel — a single work of 500 pages or longer.

6.  A Classic Novella — any work shorter than 250 pages.

Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M.Forster

7.  A Classic with a Person’s Name in the Title. 

Shirley by Charlotte Bronte 

8.  A Humorous or Satirical Classic.

9.  A Forgotten Classic.  This could be a lesser-known work by a famous author, or a classic that nobody reads any more.

Helbeck of Bannisdale by Mrs Humphrey Ward

10.  A Nonfiction Classic.  A memoir, biography, essays, travel, this can be any nonfiction work that’s considered a classic, or a nonfiction work by a classic author.

11.  A Classic Children’s Book.

12.  A Classic Play. 

For more info check out the link above.


The rules of the Pre-Printing Press Challenge:
  1. All books must have come out before 1440, when the printing press was first invented.
  2. Books chosen for this challenge can overlap with other challenges.
  3. Books can be translated into the language of your choice.
  4. All the books you've chosen must be read by December 31, 2015.
  5. You can read 1-3 books, 4-6 books, 7-9 books or 10 or more books if you're feeling particularly ambitious.
  6. The choice of books is up to you. There are no set reading lists, and you don't have to set one when you join.
More info at above link

I am starting small with the two books that are on my shelf. 

Beowulf - Anonymous
The Book of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pizan



  1. Ha, Ha! I'm sure that I never influenced you at all! ;-)

  2. Starting small is always good. There've been years where I've only gotten one title read for a challenge. Glad to have you joining in.

  3. That looks like a wonderful reading plan. I'll be watching with interest and hoping for inspiration!

  4. Okay Cat, I am biting the bullet and doing part of this challenge with you. I added to it though and I must complete the Classic Challenge from my TBR stack. Let's keep an eye on each other. I have put up my post with your credit on

  5. I'm excited to join the Back to the Classics challenge. Just posted my list!