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Date Posted: 11/19/2014 1:58 PM ET
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The third draft has survived to become the official list for next year! I haven't decided on what I'll be reading yet, but the goal is to select 12 of the 15 categories listed below for the full challenge, or to choose 6 for the lighter one.

1. made into film--

2. new-to-you author--

3. lost in translation--

4. book you consider short--

5. book you consider long--

6. a book you haven't read yet by a favorite classic author--

7. a classic you've always meant to read--

8. a book you didn't get to in a previous challenge--

9. a book that won an award--

10. a book set in (any country's) colonial history--

11. a book set during a war--

12.-13. two books set in a particular continent--

14. a pre-19th century classic--

15. wild card--

Now it's time for fill those categories--keep us all posted!

                                                                                    Rose


 


 

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do all the books need to be fiction?

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Select 12 of the 15 categories listed below for the full challenge, or to choose 6 for the lighter one:

1. made into film--  God's Little Acre   by Erskine Caldwell (1933)

2. new-to-you author--  American Indian Stories   by Zitkala-Sa (1921)

3. lost in translation--  Demian   by Hermann Hesse (1919)

4. book you consider short--  The Frontiersmen   by Mary Noailles Murfree (1904)

5. book you consider long--  Truth   by Emile Zola (1903)

6. a book you haven't read yet by a favorite classic author--  Basil   by Wilkie Collins (1852)

7. a classic you've always meant to read--  Men Against the Sea   by Charles  Nordhoff & James Hall (1933)

8. a book you didn't get to in a previous challenge--

9. a book that won an award-- The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters   by Robt. Lewis Taylor (Pulitzer 1959)

10. a book set in (any country's) colonial history--  Things Fall Apart   by Chinua Achebe (1958)

11. a book set during a war--  The General   by C. S. Forester (1936)

12.-13. two books set in a particular continent--

14. a pre-19th century classic--  Oroonoko   by Aphra Behn (1688)

15. wild card--  Hope Leslie or, Early times in the Massachusetts   by Catherine Maria Sedgwick (1827) DONE



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1. made into film--Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

2. new-to-you author--

3. lost in translation--

4. book you consider short--

5. book you consider long--The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

6. a book you haven't read yet by a favorite classic author--Shirley by Charlotte Bronte

7. a classic you've always meant to read--Hard Times by Charles Dickens

8. a book you didn't get to in a previous challenge--

9. a book that won an award--The Good Earth by Pearl Buck

10. a book set in (any country's) colonial history--

11. a book set during a war--A Town Called Alice by Nevil Shute

12.-13. two books set in a particular continent--Peder Victorious by O. E. Rolvaag and Their Fathers' God by O. E. Rolvaag

14. a pre-19th century classic--

15. wild card--

 



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1. made into film-- Pelle the Conqueror by Nexo

2. new-to-you author--The Octopus by Norris

3. lost in translation--

4. book you consider short--The Sign of the Four by Doyle

5. book you consider long--Gone with the Wind by Mitchell

6. a book you haven't read yet by a favorite classic author--Cannery Row by Steinbeck

7. a classic you've always meant to read--

8. a book you didn't get to in a previous challenge--

9. a book that won an award--

10. a book set in (any country's) colonial history--

11. a book set during a war--And Quiet Flows the Don by Sholokhov

12.-13. two books set in a particular continent--

14. a pre-19th century classic--

15. wild card--



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Charles K., the choices do not all have to be fiction. The categories are broad enough to include biographies, poetry, and drama.

                                                                                                                                                    Rose

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thanks for the clarification. I have been looking at the challenge in the biography forum and I was thinking about some memoirs for that challenge. I guess since this is classic a memoir would have to be 50+ years to work here.

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1.   Made into film:  The Saga of Gösta Berling, by Selma Lagerlöf

2.   New to me author:  

3.   Lost in translation

4.   Book I consider short: One Writer's Beginnings, by Eudora Welty (114 pp.) 

5.   Book I consider long

6.   Book by a favorite author I haven't read yet

7.   Classic I've meant for a long time to read

8.   Book I didn't get to, in earlier Challenge

9.   Award-winning book: 

10.  Set in (any country's) colonial era

11.  Set during a war:  Weep Not, Child, by Ngugi wa Thiongo

12. & 13.  Two books set in a particular continent: Disgrace, by J.M. Coetzee; My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, by Amos Tutuola

14.  a pre-19th century classic

15.  "wild card"   A Hazard of New Fortunes  by William Dean Howells, published in 1890.  Set against a vividly depicted back-

     ground  of  fin de siècle New York, the novel centers upon the conflict between a self-made millionaire and a fervent social

     revolutionary---a conflict in which a man of good will futilely attempts to act as mediator, only to be forced himself into a crisis

     of conscience.  (Howells may be better known for his The Rise of Silas Lapham.)



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updated February 2. 1. made into film-- The First Men in the Moon - H.G. Wells. My review is here.

updated February 12 2. new-to-you author-- Best Max Carrados Mysteries – Ernest Bramah. My review is here.

updated April 29 3. lost in translation-- Kappa - Akutagawa Ryunosuke. My review is here.

updated March 30. 4. book you consider short--My Lady's Money – Wilkie Collins. My review is here.

updated January 19. 5. book you consider long-- David Copperfield – Charles Dickens. My review is here.

updated April 24. 6. a book you haven't read yet by a favorite classic author-- The Naturalist in LaPlata – W.H. Hudson. My review is here.

updated March 6. 7. a classic you've always meant to read-- Hoaxes – Curtis Daniel MacDougall. My review is here.

updated February 23. 8. a book you didn't get to in a previous challenge—Volpone - Ben Jonson. My review is here.

updated May 12. 9. book that won an award (1959 Fontane Prize) - An Ermine in Czernopol - Gregor von Rezzori. My review is here.

10. set in colonial history-- African Trio - Georges Simenon. This has three short novels

updated May 18. 11. set during a war--  Enemy Coast Ahead -- Guy Gibson. My review is here.

updated January 26. 12. set in a particular continent-- Magic and Mystery in Tibet -- Alexandra David-Neel. My review is here.

updated June 12. 13. set in a particular continent -- Among the Tibetans - Isabella Bird. My review is here.

updated July 3. 14. pre-19th century classic-- Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God - translated by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood. My review is here.

updated February 6. 15. wild card-- A Rogue's Life - Wilkie Collins. My review is here.

Extra

  1. updated June 24. Adventure: The Adventures of Gerard - Arthur Conan Doyle, 1903. My review is here.
  2. updated June 19. Any Sequel: Barchester Towers - Anthony Trollope, 1857. My review of the follow-up to The Warden is here.
  3. updated June 4. By or About Dickens: Charles Dickens - G. K. Chesterton, 1907. My review is here.
  4. updated June 22. Children's Classic: The Lost World - Arthur Conan Doyle, 1912, My review is here.
  5. Epic / Ancient / Sacred Writing:
  6. updated July 8. Family Affairs: Dr. Thorne - Anthony Trollope. My review is here.
  7. updated June 4. First in a Series: The Warden - Anthony Trollope, 1855. This is the first Barchester novel. My review is here.
  8. updated July 1. Historical Fiction: Nightrunners of Bengal - John Masters, 1951, My review is here.
  9. updated June 26. Horror: Best Ghost and Horror Stories - Bram Stoker. My review is here.
  10. updated July 17. Pre-1965 mystery: The Case of the Baited Hook - Erle Stanley Gardner, 1940. My review is here.
  11. School Required Reading:
  12. updated July 15. Sea story: The Frozen Deep - Wilkie Collins. My review is here.
  13. updated July 22. Set in London: London in Dickens' Day - Jacrob Korg (Editor). Collection of excerpts from primary sources such as Sketches by Boz, Household Words, London Labour and London Poor, etc. My review is here.
  14. updated June 29. Science Fiction: The Poison Belt - Arthur Conan Doyle. My review is here.
  15. updated July 13. Travel Narrative: American Notes - Charles Dickens. My review is here.
  16. updated June 3. The Dirty Thirties: A Crime in Holland - George Simenon. Set in Depression era Holland. My review is here.
  17. updated August 5. Money Tangles: Framley Parsonage - Anthony Trollope. My review is here.
  18. updated August 10.There's nowt so queer as folk: The Small House at Allington - Anthony Trollope. My review is here.
  19. updated August 21.Last in a Series: The Last Chronicle of Barset - Anthony Trollope. My review is here.


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1. made into film-- The Razor's Edge by W Somerset Maugham

2. new-to-you author-- The Sun Field by Heywood Broun

3. lost in translation--

4. book you consider short-- Mrs 'Arris Goes to New York by Paul Gallico

5. book you consider long-- Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain. a memoir.

6. a book you haven't read yet by a favorite classic author-- Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett

7. a classic you've always meant to read-- 2001 by Arthur C Clarke

8. a book you didn't get to in a previous challenge--

9. a book that won an award--

10. a book set in (any country's) colonial history--

11. a book set during a war-- A Bell for Adano by John Hersey

11a                                     Storm Canvas by Armstrong Sperry,  young adult book set during the war of 1812.

12.-13. two books set in a particular continent--

14. a pre-19th century classic--

15. wild card-- Pasture of Heaven by John Steinbeck.



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when do we get to start? do we have to wait till Jan.

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lOVE THIS ONE!  There are always a couple of categories I have trouble getting through so I'm glad that there are extra ones.  And, thanks for taking my suggestion about including those we maybe didn't get to read!  Select 12 of the 15 categories listed below for the full challenge, or to choose 6 for the lighter one.  Consider: Look Homeward, Angel; Every Man Dies Alone; The Good Soldier, and Max Perkins/Editor of Genius.

1. made into film--  God's Little Acre by Erskine Caldwell, 5/27/2015, 3 stars

2. new-to-you author--  Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, 1/13/2015, 4 stars

3. lost in translation-- And Quiet Flows the Don by Mikhail Sholokhov, 2/18/2015, 5 stars, (another long book - 758 pages), 5 stars

4. book you consider short--  White Fang by Jack London, 10/24/2015, 4 stars. 

5. book you consider long--  Voss by Patrick White, 1/19/2015, 3.5 stars  (page length not especially long but print small and novel is complex and thought provoking

6. a book you haven't read yet by a favorite classic author--  Slow Man J. M. Coetzee, 3/29/2015, 3 stars

7. a classic you've always meant to read--  The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, 2/28/2015, 5 stars

8. a book you didn't get to in a previous challenge--  Sula by Toni Morrison, 4/16/2015, 4 stars

9. a book that won an award-- Laughing Boy by Oliver La Farge (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction), 11/26/2015, 4 stars

10. a book set in (any country's) colonial history--  Old Gringo by Carlos Fuentes, 1/21/2015, 4 stars

11. a book set during a war--  Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt or A Bell for Adano by John Hersey, 4 stars, 10/31/2015

12.-13. two books set in a particular continent-- Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton, 5/15/2015. 5 stars,  and Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee (Africa), 6/18/2015, 4 stars

14. a pre-19th century classic-- The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith, 7/3////2015, 3 stars

15. wild card-- Cannery Row by John Steinbeck7/18/2015, 4 stars



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Charles K., when do we start? I'll be starting the 2015 Challenge in 2015. (I'm still working on 2014--and truthfully, a few from 2013!)

                                                                         Rose

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Read 12 of 15 categories listed below for the full challenge, or to choose 6 for the lighter one.

1. made into film-- Fleming. Casino Royale

2. new-to-you author-- Richter. The Trees.Completed 2/4/15 

3. lost in translation-- Chrétien de Troyes. Lancelot. Completed 6/12/15

4. book you consider short-- Lao Tzu. Tao Te Ching Completed 8/18/2015

5. book you consider long--

6. a book you haven't read yet by a favorite classic author--

7. a classic you've always meant to read-- Chesterton. The Man Who Was Thursday

8. a book you didn't get to in a previous challenge-- Collier. Fancies and Goodnights

9. a book that won an award--

10. a book set in (any country's) colonial history-- Forster. A Passage to India

11. a book set during a war. Hans Fallada. Every Man Dies Alone. Completed 7/11/15. 5 stars.

12.-13. two books set in a particular continent--

14. a pre-19th century classic--

15. wild card-- Lao Tsu. Tao Te Ching ( entirely different translation than number 4, above). Completed October 10, 2015.



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1. made into film--

2. new-to-you author--

3. lost in translation--

4. book you consider short--

5. book you consider long--

6. a book you haven't read yet by a favorite classic author--

7. a classic you've always meant to read--

8. a book you didn't get to in a previous challenge--

9. a book that won an award--

10. a book set in (any country's) colonial history--

11. a book set during a war--

12.-13. two books set in a particular continent--

14. a pre-19th century classic--

15. wild card--

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Light Challenge Plus (as far as I can get)

1. made into film-- Cousin Bette - Honore De Balzac

2. new-to-you author-- 

3. lost in translation-- The Saga of Gosta Berling - Selma Lagerlof

4. book you consider short-- The Manchester Marriage - Elizabeth Gaskell

5. book you consider long--War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (no kidding, starting 1/29) Finished 8/27 (Should be worth 6 books)

6. a book you haven't read yet by a favorite classic author-- Of Human Bondage - Somerset Maugham

7. a classic you've always meant to read--Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys 9/8 Lush islands, Obeah, & madness

8. a book you didn't get to in a previous challenge--

9. a book that won an award-- A Fable - William Faulkner (Nat'l Book Award, Pulitzer 1955)

10. a book set in (any country's) colonial history-- Burmese Days - George Orwell  3/11

11. a book set during a war--

12.-13. two books set in a particular continent--

14. a pre-19th century classic--

15. wild card--



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I don't know if I'll do a classics challenge this year, but goodreads has inspired a couple other unofficial challenges I'm giving myself:1. try to read an equal number of male and female authors; every year I read about 75% more male authors. This challenge isn't to make myself read things that aren't of interest to me but to seek out female authors in my favorite genres (horror, fantasy, non-fiction science & history)

2. try to read more writers from around the world. from any time period, just read more authors from outside the US or the UK

But here's a rough plan for 2015:

1. made into film-- Wings of the Dove, Henry James

2. new-to-you author-- Salman Rushdie

3. lost in translation-- Dangerous Liaisons, Pierre Laclos

4. book you consider short-- On the Beach, Nevile Shute

5. book you consider long-- Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe

6. a book you haven't read yet by a favorite classic author-- Uncle Silas, J.S. leFanu

7. a classic you've always meant to read-- 

8. a book you didn't get to in a previous challenge--

9. a book that won an award--

10. a book set in (any country's) colonial history--

11. a book set during a war--

12.-13. two books set in a particular continent--

14. a pre-19th century classic-- The Monk, Matthew Lewis (1795)

15. wild card-- This Perfect Day, Ira Levin

For 2014 I read

  • a classic I'd always meant to read: Catch 22 (liked it a lot, but Slaughterhouse Five is still my favorite by miles)
  • a first-hand account/autobiography: 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup (I thought it'd be super oppressive but he was such an eloquent writer and such an extraordinarily intelligent, forgiving person it was definitely worth the read)
  • classic horror: The King in Yellow and other stories (creepy, surreal, in the vein of Lovecraft)
  • classic humor: The Plot That Thickened, (P.G. Wodehouse always delightful)
  • classic sci-fi: The Adjustment Bureau (Philip K. Dick, nobody does bureaucratic paranoia better... except maybe Kafka)
  • an old favorite that I wanted to revisit: Our Mutual Friend (one of my favorite Dickens books)

 

 

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Read 6 or 12.

1. made into film--     The American by Henry James

2. new-to-you author--  Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome

3. lost in translation--  The Post-Office Girl by Stefan Zweig

4. book you consider short-- Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street by Herman Melville

5. book you consider long--  something by Charles Dickens

6. a book you haven't read yet by a favorite classic author--  The Professor's House by Willa Cather

7. a classic you've always meant to read--  The Awakening by Kate Chopin

8. a book you didn't get to in a previous challenge--  Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

9. a book that won an award--  The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

10. a book set in (any country's) colonial history--

11. a book set during a war--    Andersonville by Mackinley Kantor

12.-13. two books set in a particular continent--

14. a pre-19th century classic--  Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos

15. wild card--  Independent People by Halldor Laxness



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I've finally completed my list. As usual, I found some great ideas in the list of others.

1. made into film--Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson)

2. new-to-you author--Three Men in a Boat (Jerome K. Jerome)

3. lost in translation--The Saga of Gosta Berlings (Selma Lagerlof)

4. book you consider short--The Red Shoes (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger) (I just watched the 1948 movie version)

5. book you consider long--Clarissa (Samuel Richardson)

6. a book you haven't read yet by one of your favorite classic authors--Man and Wife (Wilkie Collins)

7. a classic you've always meant to read--20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne)

8. pre 19th-century classic--Gulliver's Travels (Jonathan Swift)

9.-10. two books set in a particular continent--Peder Victorious and Their Fathers' God (both by O.E. Rolvaag)

11. book that won an award--The Collected Stories of William Faulkner (William Faulkner)

12. wild card--The Man With the Golden Arm (Nelson Alfren)

So I'm finally ready!

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Moved over to Goodreads. 



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R E K. How did you like The Old Gringo? I read that about a year ago. I didn't care for it much. I wonder if it may be one of those books that reads better in the original language. I found a good deal of it boring. But the ending had an interesting premise.

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1. made into film – Fighting Caravans by Zane Grey, 1929 (DONE)

2. new-to-you author – Fields For President by W.C. Fields, 1939 (DONE)

3. lost in translation –

4. a book you consider short – The Game by Jack London, 1913 (DONE)

5. a book you consider long – The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas, 1857 (DONE)

6. a book you haven’t read yet by a favorite classic author – Roughing It by Mark Twain, 1872 (DONE)

7. a classic you’ve always meant to read – Rodney Stone by Arthur Conan Doyle, 1896

8. a book you didn’t get to in a previous challenge –

9. a book that won an award – The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 1931 (Pulitzer Prize) (DONE)

10. book set in (any country’s) colonial history –

11. a book set during a war – Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt, 1964 (DONE)

12. - 13. two books set in a particular continent –  Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton, 1948 (DONE), and The Flight of the Phoenix by Elleston Trevor, 1964 (DONE)

14. a pre-19th century classic – The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith, 1762

15. wild card – Classic Sailing Stories, edited by Tom McCarthy, 2003 (with stories from 1589 to 1919) (DONE)



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1.   Made into a film

2.   New to you author

3.   A book you haven't read yet by a favorite classic author

4.   A classic you've always meant to read

5.   A book that won an award

6.   A pre 19th Century classic.

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