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message 1: by Rachel Jorquera , Moderator (new)

Rachel Jorquera  (racheljorquera) | 2950 comments Mod
Many have asked about what a "classic" is and what is classified as a classic or not: a Classic novel is one in which that is note-worthy, well-known and exemplary. There are many ways to classify one, one by the book, one by the author... it just depends on what you are looking at. They are widely recognized as a classic as they are timeless, taught through the years and are essentials in that median.

Here are a few lists in which you can scroll through and see if you can pull a few books from!

Required Reading for High School
- I know it is for high schoolers, but most and a lot of these books are the top classified classic novels.

Popular Classics
- More of a wider genre of classics

Please pick from a stage, you can edit as you read more!

Stage One
Read 1-5 classic books

Stage Two
Read 6-10 classic books

Stage Three
Read 11-15 classic books

Stage Four
Read 16- 20 classic books

Stage Five
Read 21-25 classic books

Stage Six
Read 26-30 classic books

Stage Seven
Read 30 books and more.

If you are/were within 50 pages of completion on January 1st, 2019, the books is all game!
You can use classics for other challenges! So yes - double up on books!


January 1st, 2019 through January 1st, 2020

message 3: by Jane (last edited Dec 26, 2019 03:46AM) (new)

Jane | 53 comments This is just what I need for some extra motivation! I will be aiming for stage three :o will update this post later with books I want to read.


Classics Challenge 2019

Stage Three

Read 11-15 classics

I read:
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Moby-Dick, or, the Whale by Herman Melville Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale, #1) by Margaret Atwood Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse Macbeth by William Shakespeare Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Chess Story by Stefan Zweig The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Total classics read: 13

message 4: by Gin (new)

Gin Tadvick (ginski) | 15 comments I'm in but only for Stage 1. Trying to get to some of those Classics that are on my Want to Read list!

message 5: by Becky (last edited Mar 27, 2019 07:46AM) (new)

Becky | 109 comments Stage One
Read 1-5 classic books
1.Draculaby Bram Stokercompleted 1/26/19
2. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevensoncompleted 2-9-19
3.Lord of the Fliesby William Goldingcompleted 3-13-19

Maggie the Muskoka Library Mouse (mcurry1990) Enter me for a Stage 1 please!

Classic Challenge
1. Anna Karenina
2. For Whom the Bell Tolls
3. The Fellowship of the Ring
4. Lady Chatterley’s Lover
5. Sense & Sensibility

message 9: by mary ❀ (last edited Feb 03, 2019 10:35AM) (new)

mary ❀ (marikaa) | 28 comments I'm going to start at stage 1!

1. The Epic of Gilgamesh
2. Antigone

message 10: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Epstein (liddle_lo) | 49 comments This I will definitely participate in!

message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

Well, a bit of a late comer, but I'm in.

Stage Six

1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
2. Lolita
3. Gone with the Wind
4. The Scarlet Letter
5. Metamorphoses
6. The Histories
7. The Handmaid's Tale
8. The Secret Garden
9. Anna Karenina
10. The Color Purple
11. A Clockwork Orange
12. Mary Poppins (I do want to ''reread'' this whole series this year. Old favorite from middle school.)
13. A Doll's House
14. Chronicle of a Death Foretold
15. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
16. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
17. Dracula
18. Persuasion
19. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
20. The Origin of Species
21. The Woman in White
22. Candide
23. Confessions
24. Moll Flanders
25. Die Räuber
26. Don Quixote
27. The Bell Jar
28. In Cold Blood
29. City of God (Please wish me luck on this one, I'm going to need it.)
30. The Arabian Nights

If I drop any of these books, I will have a different classic take their place.

message 14: by Lori (new)

Lori Wilen | 8 comments Just saw this and I would love to participate. I am at Stage Two right now but I know I will be reading more classics this year.

1. The Picture of Dorian Grey
2. Anne of Green Gables
3. Anne of Avonlea
4. Interview with the Vampire
5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
7. Anne of the Island

message 15: by Lori (new)

Lori Wilen | 8 comments 8. Anne of Windy Poplars

message 16: by Samantha (new)

Samantha (catsteaandbooks) 0o0o0oo Is it too late to join?

message 17: by Rachel Jorquera , Moderator (new)

Rachel Jorquera  (racheljorquera) | 2950 comments Mod
Sammy wrote: "0o0o0oo Is it too late to join?"

Never too late to join! 💛

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