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message 1: by Karena (last edited Jul 17, 2013 07:29AM) (new)

Karena (karenafagan) Since we talked about challenges on Ep. 4 of the podcast, I thought we should try this.

Classic Author Reading Challenge


Duration: January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013

Rules

1. Read: 26 books
2.Nothing published after 2003. Please feel free to ask if you are unsure if a book falls under the category of "classic." This can be an especially difficult issue for contemporary classics.
3. No children's novels
4. No non-fiction
5. No poetry
6. No dramas (plays) - even Shakespeare
7. You may NOT repeat any author.
8. Any name with an "X" or a "Q" in them will work for those letters. (The name does not have to begin with an X or a Q.)
9. Books must have been read in 2013.

You can sign up anytime, and you can backdate books if you know when you finished it, as long as it was done in the year 2013.

0/26

A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z


message 3: by Liz (new)

Liz (hissheep) Okay, so what classifies author as "classic"? Is there a list somewhere?? ;o)


message 4: by Swathi (new)

Swathi Balasubramanian | 6 comments 2/26

A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V Virginia Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway; Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita
W
X
Y
Z"


message 5: by Karena (last edited Jan 26, 2013 12:40PM) (new)

Karena (karenafagan) Liz wrote: "Okay, so what classifies author as "classic"? Is there a list somewhere?? ;o)"

We are basically using our criteria here. The bookshelves will give you a hint. Right now it's books before 2003. No non fiction, no children's authors, and has to be novels so no poetry or plays. Here is a discussion we've had on the topic. http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...


message 6: by Karena (last edited Jan 23, 2013 10:15PM) (new)

Karena (karenafagan) Swathi wrote: "2/26"

Sorry, I forgot to add it is one author per letter.


message 7: by Rebeca (last edited Feb 22, 2013 02:08AM) (new)


message 8: by Crystal (last edited Jul 09, 2013 12:52AM) (new)

Crystal (infiniteink) | 87 comments 7/26



Arthur Conan Doyle - The Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Holmes
Bernhard Schlink - The Reader
C
D
E
F
Gaston Leroux - The Phantom of the Opera
H
I
J.D. Salinger - Catcher in the Rye
Knowles, John - A Separate Peace
L.M. Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables
Michael Ende - The Neverending Story
N
Orson Scott Card - Ender's Game
P
Q
Ray Bradbury - Fahrenheit 451
Stanislaw, Lem - Solaris
Tolkien, J.R.R. - The Hobbit
U
V
Wharton, Edith - The Age of Innocence
X
Y
Z


message 9: by Denise (last edited Jan 26, 2013 01:57PM) (new)

Denise (drbetteridge) 4/26

A Jane Austen Northanger Abbey
B Pierre Boulle Planet of the Apes
C
D
E
F
G
H Thomas Hardy Jude the Obscure
I
J
K
L Laurence Sterne The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z


message 10: by LaLaLa Laura (new)

LaLaLa Laura  (laurabhoffman) Are these authors whose books we have read?


message 11: by Margaret (last edited Apr 03, 2013 06:26PM) (new)

Margaret Hm... I don't know if I'll make it, but I'll give it a go. So far, 2/26.

Update: 2/28: I just remembered a qualifying book I read in January! So, 4 down, with 2 more almost completed, unless I get distracted. :-)


Anon, Beowulf (in progress)
B
C S Forester, The African Queen (tbr)
Doyle, Arthur Conan, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (March)
Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence (January}
Fitzgeral, F. Scott, The Great Gatsby (tbr)
George Eliot, Silas Marner (tbr)
Hammett, Dashiell, The Maltese Falcon (tbr)
I
John Steinbeck, The Red Pony (March)
K
Lee, Harper, To Kill A Mockingbird (January)
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein (March)
N
Orczy, Emmuska, The Scarlet Pimpernel (tbr)
P G Wodehouse, tbd
Q
R
Sayers, Dorothy, Clouds of Witness (January)
Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried (March)
U
Victor Hugo, Les Miserables (March)
Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White tbr
X
Yann Martel, Life of Pi (February)
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes were Watching God (tbr)


message 12: by Travis (new)

Travis (travistousant) If we read say age of innocence and house of mirth could edith wharton be used for E and W since they are 2 different books or must they be 26 different authors?


message 13: by Travis (new)

Travis (travistousant) Question #2 will there be a heading under which we each set up ourvown thread to track our progress or do we all report to this 1 thread?


message 14: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 464 comments Just to clarify...Each person would have their own list.26 books read need to be a classic literature author. Right? I am confused. (sorry)


message 15: by Karena (new)

Karena (karenafagan) Laura wrote: "Are these authors whose books we have read?"

Jessica wrote: "Just to clarify...Each person would have their own list.26 books read need to be a classic literature author. Right? I am confused. (sorry)"

Travis of NNY wrote: "If we read say age of innocence and house of mirth could edith wharton be used for E and W since they are 2 different books or must they be 26 different authors?"


You guys are certainly making me work for my Booktator title this morning. ;)

Yes this is an individual challenge to read 26 DIFFERENT classic authors from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. It does not count to use anything you read before Jan 1. We will be tracking it here.


Hopefully I have clarified this. I double checked the rules in Message 1 so it should be clear now.

Good luck guys!


message 16: by Sue (last edited Dec 22, 2013 11:52AM) (new)

Sue OK I'll have a go but not promising great results!!! I am reading so much 'modern' i.e. post 2000 that it would be 'good to have an incentive to read more classics. Did manage an A-Z of authors (surname only) last year - will be interesting to see what is found for the more 'difficult' letters.
A -
B -
C -
D -
E -
F - William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying
G -
H - A Moveable Feast-Ernest Hemingway
I - Kazuo Ishiguro - The Remains of the Day
J -
K -
L - Penelope Lively - Moon Tiger
M -
N - Vladimir Nabokov-Lolita
O - Michael Ondaatje Anil's Ghost
P -
Q -
R -
S - Dodie Smith - I Capture the Castle
T -
U -
V -
W - Edith Wharton The Age of Innocence
X -
Y -
Z - Stefan Zweig - Journey Into the Past
9/26


message 17: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Marie (CrochetQueen8307) I am going to try to complete this challenge. I will be keeping track of everything I read on my notepad app because, I can't edit my comments on my good reads app. When and if I finish I will post everything at once!
Also, I am having a hard time finding an author for the letter Q. Any suggestions?


message 18: by Karena (new)

Karena (karenafagan) Shannon wrote: "I am going to try to complete this challenge. I will be keeping track of everything I read on my notepad app because, I can't edit my comments on my good reads app. When and if I finish I will post..."

Hmm. I can't find any either. I'll adjust the rules so it will be X and Q for anywhere in the name. Thanks!


message 19: by Sue (new)

Sue You could try Confessions of an English Opium Eater - Thomas de Quincey. I don't know whether this is a classic though!


message 21: by Sue (new)

Sue There is an author Sulayman Xwho has some very good reviews - again don't know whether he would qualify. Last year I read Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story Of Tibetby Xinran which was one of the most beautiful books I have ever read and deserves to be a classic!!


message 22: by Angie Downs (new)

Angie Downs Denise wrote: "7/26

A Jane Austen Northanger Abbey
B Pierre Boulle Planet of the Apes
C
D
E
F
G Kenneth Grahame The Wind in the Willows
H Thomas Hardy Jude the Obscure
I
J
K
L Laurence Sterne The Life and Opini..."


Wow, Denise! So many! You read all of these this year so far?!? Crazy!


message 23: by Stefania (last edited Aug 03, 2013 03:01AM) (new)

Stefania (stefychi) 21/26

A- Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)
B- Charlotte Bronte (Jane Eyre)
C- Conrad (Outpost of progress)
D- Daniel Defoe (Robinson Crusoe)
E- Edith Wharton (Xingu)
F- Fedor Dostoevskij (White Nights)
G- Giorgio Bassani (Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini)
H- Thomas Hardy (The withered arm)
I- Washington Irving (Rip Van Winkle)
J- Jules Verne (Journey to the center of the Earth)
K
L- Gustave Leroux (The Phantom of the Opera)
M- Herman Melville (The paradise of bachelors and the tartarus of maids)
N
O- Oscar Wilde (The Canterville Ghost)
P- Luigi Pirandello (Il fu Mattia Pascal)
Q
R
S- Robert Louis Stevenson (The bottle Imp)
T- Tolstoj (Anna Karenina)
U- Uhlman (L'amico ritrovato)
V- Voltaire (Candido)
W- William Makepeace Thackeray (Vanity Fair)
X- Alexandre Dumas (Robin Hood)
Y
Z- Stefan Zweig (Amok)


message 24: by Karena (new)

Karena (karenafagan) Looks like we have a couple who are go-getters. Make sure you are only adding books you've finished after January 1, 2013. Just a reminder.


message 25: by Angie Downs (new)

Angie Downs Karena wrote: "Looks like we have a couple who are go-getters. Make sure you are only adding books you've finished after January 1, 2013. Just a reminder."

And, no drama, like Shakespeare, and no children's novels. Correct?


message 26: by Sue (new)

Sue And Don Quixote, The Queen's Necklace, Quo Vadis and Quentin Durward. Still working on X. :)


message 27: by Karena (new)

Karena (karenafagan) Angie wrote: "Karena wrote: "Looks like we have a couple who are go-getters. Make sure you are only adding books you've finished after January 1, 2013. Just a reminder."

And, no drama, like Shakespeare, and no ..."


Yep. We're gonna keep it to our book suggestion criteria just for the added challenge. ;)


message 28: by Angie Downs (new)

Angie Downs Karena wrote: "Angie wrote: "Karena wrote: "Looks like we have a couple who are go-getters. Make sure you are only adding books you've finished after January 1, 2013. Just a reminder."

And, no drama, like Shakes..."


This will be fun!


message 29: by Angie Downs (new)

Angie Downs Sue wrote: "And Don Quixote, The Queen's Necklace, Quo Vadis and Quentin Durward. Still working on X. :)"

The author needs to have the letter, not the name of the book. :) Alexander Dumas works though for X!


message 30: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Marie (CrochetQueen8307) I'm doing Alexandre Dumas for my X. Having a little trouble with Z as well. I forgot all about that lol.


message 31: by Alex (last edited Jan 24, 2013 01:43PM) (new)

Alex Cross (anotheralexcross) Shannon wrote: "I'm doing Alexandre Dumas for my X. Having a little trouble with Z as well. I forgot all about that lol."

Z is relatively easy as Stefan Zweig is one of my favourite authors, but there's also Emile Zola or even Zelda Fitzgerald.


message 32: by Karena (new)

Karena (karenafagan) Go more contemporary (since 2003 is our limit) and go with Zadia Smith?


message 33: by Karena (new)

Karena (karenafagan) I was just about to say Emile Zola too! Great minds, Alex!


message 34: by Margaret (new)

Margaret I'm listening to Beowulf, author unknown. File under "A" for anonymous or use the translator's name?


message 35: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Marie (CrochetQueen8307) Thanks guys. I asked the question and, then I thought more about it. I don't know why they didn't immediately come to mind.


message 36: by Karena (last edited Jan 24, 2013 02:48PM) (new)

Karena (karenafagan) Margaret wrote: "I'm listening to Beowulf, author unknown. File under "A" for anonymous or use the translator's name?"

Oh good one, Margaret. Yeah, I think go with Anonymous. Unless the translator's name is X or Q. Haha.


message 37: by Travis (new)

Travis (travistousant) I googled classic authors names list and it showed all but x u q I'm not sure what the website was but that was the search


message 38: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Marie (CrochetQueen8307) I did the same thing. I did get a U, it was Upton Sinclair. Q is still giving me trouble though.


message 39: by Alex (new)

Alex Cross (anotheralexcross) For U there is John Updike or Sigrid Undset, and for Q there is Raymond Queneau, author of Zazie in the Metro. Penguin considered it a modern classic at least!


message 40: by Karena (new)

Karena (karenafagan) I found Raymond Queneau - Exercises in Style


message 41: by Karena (new)

Karena (karenafagan) Alex wrote: "For U there is John Updike or Sigrid Undset, and for Q there is Raymond Queneau, author of Zazie in the Metro. Penguin considered it a modern classic at least!"

Lol Alex, yet again we think alike. I just found Queneau in the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die by Boxall's.


message 42: by Amanda (last edited Jan 24, 2013 04:36PM) (new)

Amanda (blaircaldwell86) Hmmm... I don't know if I can get all 26, but I will try. I've read two classics so far this year.

2/26

A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H- Thomas Hardy: Tess of the d'Urbervilles
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W- Edith Wharton: The Age of Innocence
X
Y
Z


message 44: by Karu (last edited Jan 24, 2013 06:09PM) (new)

Karu (karuvf) A
B
C
D Charles Dickens - Tale of two Cities
E
F François Rabelais - Gargantua
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V Victor Hugo - 93
W
X
Y
Z


message 45: by Travis (new)

Travis (travistousant) I'll tidy this up later for now. F- F Scott Fitzgerald- The Great Gatsby, S- Bram Stoker- Dracula, W- Edith Wharton, Age of Innocence, Y- Yann Martell Life of Pi. All read in January


message 46: by Denise (new)

Denise (drbetteridge) Angie wrote: "Wow, Denise! So many! You read all of these this year so far?!? Crazy! "

Yes! And those were just the ones that would count for the challenge. I set my GR goal to 100 books for the year and I've got lots of time on my hands. :D


message 47: by Sue (new)

Sue Angie wrote: "Sue wrote: "And Don Quixote, The Queen's Necklace, Quo Vadis and Quentin Durward. Still working on X. :)"

The author needs to have the letter, not the name of the book. :) Alexander Dumas works t..."

Just reread post 1 ooops. Sorry. Thought it was odd to use the title of the book. It was late! Ok- all clear now.


message 48: by Batgrl (Book Data Kept Elsewhere) (last edited Sep 01, 2013 01:58PM) (new)

Batgrl (Book Data Kept Elsewhere) (goodreadscombatgrl) | 5 comments Ok, you've all inspired me, this one I have to try. Not that it's going to help my "somehow I seem to end up reading more than one book at a time" problem, but my resolution was to try and keep it under 5 at a time, so I'm safe so far.

X = finished reading and review written

********************************

A - Alexandre Dumas - Celebrated Crimes (in progress, 8 vol. in one so this'll take a while)
B - Djuna Barnes - Nightwood X
C - Carson McCullers - Reflections in a Golden Eye X
D - Daniel Defoe - Journal of the Plague Year
E - Emile Gaboriau - Monsieur Lecoq X
F - R. Austin Freeman - The Vanishing Man X
G - G.K. Chesterton - The Man Who Knew Too Much X
H - Dashiell Hammett - The Maltese Falcon X
I - Italo Calvino - The Castle of Crossed Destinies X
J - Jane Austen - Lady Susan
K - Julia Kavanagh
L - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
M - F. Marion Crawford - The Witch Of Prague
N - Nathanael West - Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust X
O - Oscar Wilde - The Canterville Ghost (reread) X
P - Edgar Allen Poe -
Q - JacQues Futrelle - Elusive Isabel
R - Robert Louis Stevenson-
S - Mary Shelley - The Last Man
T - Mark Twain - Diary of Adam and Eve (reread) X
U - Upton Sinclair - The Moneychangers
V - Jules Verne - Around the World in 80 Days X
W - Wilkie Collins - Woman in White X
X - Gaston LerouX -
Y - Charlotte Mary Yonge - The Heir of Redclyffe
Z - Emile Zola -


message 49: by Louise (last edited Mar 30, 2013 04:13PM) (new)

Louise Well I'll start a list just cause it'll be interesting to see, but am not expecting or going to go too far out of my way to complete the whole lot in a year. Asterisks indicate authors I hadn't read before this year.


5/26

A Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey, 03/01-05/01 (reread)
B
C
D Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo, 04/02-20/02
E
F
G
*H Victor Hugo, Les Misérables, 06/01-26/01
I
J
K
L
*M Yann Martel, Life of Pi, 01/02-04/02
N
O
P
Q
R
S Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle, 03/03-09/03
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z


message 50: by Alex (last edited Feb 26, 2013 05:01AM) (new)

Alex Cross (anotheralexcross) I'm mainly a novella reader, but for the purpose of this challenge I will try reading a full-length novel by as many classic authors as possible. Until then I will list the first novella I've read by that 'letter' in 2013. Surnames only, to make it a little more challenging.

8/26

A - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
B
C
D - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
E
F - The Diamond as Big as the Ritz by F. Scott Fitzgerald
G
H - The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
I
J
K
L
M - Life of Pi by Yann Martel
N
O
P
Q
R
S - Monsieur Monde Vanishes by George Simenon
T - The Devil by Leo Tolstoy
U
V
W - The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
X
Y
Z


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