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Subject: classics challenge for 2012
Date Posted: 10/7/2011 7:02 AM ET
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We've tossed around a few ideas concerning next year's challenge, but I'd like to start focusing more.

We have a number of options: 1) compile a list of categories much as we've done in the past (which I've loved, since it's really broadened my reading list)

                                                        2) create a list devoted to reading books by certain authors:

                                                              a) 12 books by one author, 6 books by 2 authors, and so forth;

                                                              b) selecting authors from particular areas of the world

                                                              c) reading authors from certain genres

                                                        3) choosing books from an existing list (something along the lines of One Hundred of the Greatest Books Ever)

                                                        4) a combination of the above ideas

What do you all think?

                                                                                                                        Rose

Date Posted: 10/7/2011 11:41 AM ET
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I like the method used in the past as it gets me reading many different authors but whatever you choose leave lots of room for individual choices.  Often the classics I read are the ones I remember longest.  Maybe that's why they are classics.



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Subject: 2012 challenges
Date Posted: 10/9/2011 11:50 AM ET
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I agree with REK. W ould like to stick with the regular challenge. For me, the whole point of the challenge is to reduce my TBR pile in a fun and creative way not accumulate more books.
Date Posted: 10/14/2011 9:18 PM ET
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I'd like to so something different so #3 appeals to me. 

Date Posted: 10/14/2011 9:29 PM ET
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And if we decide to to categories again, I'd like to nominate the categories:

"Books that Changed the World"

"Books that changed your world." 

 

They're not my own creation, but I like 'em. 

 

and have we done a biography category before? 

Date Posted: 10/15/2011 2:41 AM ET
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Tome Trader, I love your suggestions! I know we have several weeks yet, but I think we can start assembling a category list. I would definitely include your three ideas.

                                                                                                                          Rose

Date Posted: 10/15/2011 11:41 AM ET
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Terrific!

I'll look for some more.

 

 

More suggestions:

 

  1. Wit Lit ( aka Humor)  Do classics always have to be serious? NO!   Think Shakespeare, Vonnegut, Twain, Dickens, Wodehouse, Heller, Hasek.
  2. American Noir or any noir  - think Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, The Big Sleep, Double Indemnity
  3. Buldungsroman - If we can do Belle Epoch, we can do this one.  (I just want an excuse to read Cather's Song of the the Lark)
  4. Pulitzer Winners  Literary Award Recipient - Pulitzers, Nat'l Book Award, Nat'l Book Critic's Circle, and so many more. No finalists, just winners.
  5. Dystopias - Lots to choose from. Try Jack London's Iron Heel (1908). The description reads:

Iron Heel is an excellent dystopian novel about the rise of a tyrannical corporate oligarchy in the United States. This book doesn’t pay attention to technology the way most future dystopian science fiction novels do now. This work stressed changes in society and politics, with the oligarchy formed by robber barons whom bankrupt all the middle class and seize power before enforcing a “caste system” of workers. This was a fantastic dystopian novel that was far ahead of its time.

 

Wow, London had some imagination. Good thing that could never happen, LOL!   



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Date Posted: 10/15/2011 5:49 PM ET
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These are good categoies but may I suggest that the winners not just be Pulitzer winners but any literary prize winner? That would give us more excellent choices.
Date Posted: 10/15/2011 7:39 PM ET
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Janet,

We could call it Literary Award Winners?  How 'bout that?

Date Posted: 10/15/2011 10:41 PM ET
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Tome, that works for me. The categories look like fun challenges!

Date Posted: 10/17/2011 6:51 PM ET
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I'd like to get back into the challenge for 2012 after sitting 2011 out.  Have we done any challenges like one classic over 1000 pages and one classic under 100?  Would that be doable or are there not enough to choose from?

Date Posted: 10/17/2011 8:09 PM ET
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I am not reading War and Peace, Mizz sevenspiders. No way, no how. 

 

I might have to read Gone With the Wind after all if we go with that challenge. I am scared.cheeky

 

and less than 100 pages would be a novella, right? I am game.



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Date Posted: 10/17/2011 9:10 PM ET
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Hi all, just my 2 cents: may we consider reading something not as long as 1,000 pages. Perhaps 350? For me, since I'm in several challenges, the idea of 1,000 is a roadblock. (Plus I work two jobs and am in a book group) Under 100 pages is *delightful* and very easy to do. Love that idea!

 

I know some of you are also in the Contemporary Fiction discussion forum and there's been similar plans to be thinking about 2012. Please go here:

http://www.paperbackswap.com/2012-Challenge-Suggestions/topic/248380/

to follow that thread and offer your creative ideas!

Date Posted: 10/17/2011 10:12 PM ET
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Hey Janet,

I got a coupla ideas.enlightenedenlightened

How 'bout reading ten <100 page books?

Or one 1,200 page book strung out over the course of the year, say, 100 pages a month? 

 

I am kidding. Don't forget, you can always do a Classic Lit Lite Reading Challenge which is about 6 categories of your choice or something like that. Tailor your challenge to your needs.



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Date Posted: 10/17/2011 10:26 PM ET
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I hear you, Tome, the bit about the "lite" challenges and I may go that route in 2012. It's just that all those challenges looked like  so much fun and, in January, so do-ablecheeky

And I'd love to see a list of classics over 1,000 pages - for inspiration. (I don't have too many of those on my TBR pile at the moment -- other than some Trollope and Dickens and Joyce.) The under 100 one is easy peasy.