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message 1: by Cassandra (last edited Apr 30, 2015 10:45AM) (new)

Cassandra | 5832 comments CLASSICS CHALLENGE
Duration: May 1 - May 31, 2015


Most of us have plenty of classic books on our to-read lists for longer than we'd like to admit. May's theme is "classics," so it's the perfect time to check some of those books off of our lists! If you're interested, simply sign up with the number of classic books you plan to read this month.

If you need ideas, there are a couple of listopias that might help:
Must Read Classics
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

Also, if you're participating in this month's group read, don't forget to count The Bell Jar toward your goal.

Scott has volunteered to lead this challenge. Thank you, Scott!


message 2: by Scott (last edited Jun 01, 2015 06:26AM) (new)

Scott Flicker | 1191 comments Okay I'm in for four.


Challenge Status

Alex 0/1
Alicia 4/4 ★
Allison 0/2
Anna 0/3
Anna 0/4
Ariel 7/7 ★
Ashley 5/5 ★
Cassandra 4/5
Charity 5/3 ★
ChrisP 4/2 ★
Daisys 0/3
Elsbeth 0/4
Emma 9/5
Erika 0/4
Fallon 1/2
Hala 4/4 ★
Ilona 0/1
Jenny 3/5
Jodi 0/3
Joanne 1/3
Kadijah 3/3 ★
Kathryn 1/4
Karin 3/3
Kimberly 2/2 ★
Laurie 4/4 ★
Lulu 2/2 ★
Lynn 5/5 ★
Jenny 5/5 ★
Jodie 0/10
Joanne 3/3 ★
Maria 5/5 ★
Mary Pat 2/2 ★
Melissa 5/5 ★
Michele 3/3 ★
Natalie 3/3 ★
Rachel 0/2
Sally 0/3
Sarah 1/1 ★
Scott 5/4 ★
Stephanie 4/4 ★
Susan 4/4 ★
Terah 1/1 ★
Titiana 0/4
the-perks-of-war 0/2
Winter 3/3 ★


message 3: by Laurie (last edited May 25, 2015 02:57PM) (new)

Laurie Put me down for four as well.

Planning to read:
Gone with the Wind
The Woman in White
Zuleika Dobson
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

3/4 complete


message 4: by Emma (new)

Emma Green | 198 comments Ill try for five.


message 5: by Susan C (last edited May 22, 2015 02:22PM) (new)

Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments I'll go for four (wish I'd held off on reading The Bell Jar - I read it March...)


1. We Have Always Lived in the Castle read 5/4/2015
2. The Secret Garden read 5/6/2015
3. Cold Comfort Farm read 5/10/2015
4. The Daughter of Time read 5/11/2015

4/4
Challenge completed!


message 6: by Alison (new)

Alison G. (agriff22) | 1083 comments I don't know how many I'll read for sure aince I'm in the hospital but this is one of my goals. Put me down for 2.


message 7: by Scott (new)

Scott Flicker | 1191 comments Here's a link to the books I intend to read for this challenge. As it turns all four are part of other challenges for this year.


message 8: by Charity (last edited May 27, 2015 07:43PM) (new)

Charity (faeryrebel78) | 1465 comments Put me down for 3 for now.

5/3

1. Death of a Salesman 5/6/15
2. Pride and Prejudice 5/9/15
3. The Time Machine 5/11/15
4. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 5/25/15
5. Lord of the Flies 5/27/15


message 9: by Sarah c (last edited May 30, 2015 03:28AM) (new)

Sarah c | 414 comments Put me down for 1 book

To Kill a Mockingbird completed


message 10: by Cassandra (new)

Cassandra | 5832 comments Awesome! Is anyone interested in leading? It's fun and not hard to do even if you haven't led a challenge before.

I'm going to be ambitious and try five. I have so many classics on my to-read list!


message 13: by ChrisP (new)

ChrisP Poyner | 385 comments Put me down for 2


message 14: by Maria (new)

Maria (mariah90602) | 1722 comments I'll try 5.


message 15: by Winter, Group Reads (last edited Apr 30, 2015 03:05AM) (new)

Winter (winter9) | 4594 comments Winter: 3 books


message 16: by Winter, Group Reads (last edited May 19, 2015 09:42AM) (new)

Winter (winter9) | 4594 comments Classics Challenge

Duration: May 1 - May 31, 2015

Goal: Read three classics in May.

1. Thaïs, Anatole France
2. The Time Machine, H.G. Wells
3. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

3/3


message 17: by Scott (new)

Scott Flicker | 1191 comments I'll lead the challenge unless someone else really wants to


message 18: by Cassandra (new)

Cassandra | 5832 comments Thank you, Scott! Let me know if you have any questions about leading, but you can track progress however you want.


message 19: by Winter, Group Reads (new)

Winter (winter9) | 4594 comments Ariel (mots_femme) wrote: "I'd like to go for 6 to begin with, please.

[0|7] Completed


1. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
2. The War of the Worlds by [author:H.G. Wells|880..."


And the 1001 list ? ;)


message 20: by Fallon (new)

Fallon | 56 comments Put me down for 2


message 21: by Sally (new)

Sally  (autumnxdays) | 124 comments Put me down for 3. I've been meaning to read more classics and this will also help me with my listopia challenge!


message 22: by Melissa (last edited May 31, 2015 01:16PM) (new)

Melissa Jackson | 83 comments I'll try 5.
5/5

Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare (May 01
Hamlet - William Shakespeare (May 17)
Don Quixote - Cervantes
The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka (May 10)
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
The Art of War - Sun Tzu (May 29)
The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare (May 31)


message 23: by Scott (new)

Scott Flicker | 1191 comments Okay I added everybody's status to the top of the thread.


message 24: by Ariel (new)

Ariel  (lamot_amant) | 728 comments Winter wrote: "And the 1001 list ? ;) "

Exactly! lol


message 25: by Erika (new)

Erika (erikarae) | 708 comments I would like to try for 4 please!


message 26: by Scott (new)

Scott Flicker | 1191 comments Erika I added you to the challenge


message 27: by Scott (new)

Scott Flicker | 1191 comments Your in Stephanie


message 28: by Daisya (new)

Daisya Spencer (daisya19) I'll do 3.

1) To Kill A Mockingbird
2) One Hundred Years Of Solitude
3) Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone


message 29: by Michele (new)

Michele Denotter | 10 comments I would like to try to read 3 classics, please.


message 30: by Lynn (new)

Lynn (lmelliott) | 686 comments I'd like to sign up for 5 classics....but some of the books I'd choose are not on the suggested lists. I haven't seen any definition of what makes a book a classic. Could we consider books 30-50 years old classics (same as cars) or do we mean great books only?


message 31: by Scott (new)

Scott Flicker | 1191 comments Added Daisys, Michele and Lynn

Lynn feel free to use whatever definition you like. I think the lists above are just for suggestions.


message 32: by Ilona, Global Moderator (last edited Apr 30, 2015 11:39PM) (new)

Ilona | 3986 comments I have so many classics on my tbr list. Unfortunately, I hardly have time to read these days, so my goal will be to read at least one.


message 33: by JoJo (last edited May 31, 2015 12:44AM) (new)

JoJo (jojo2013) | 813 comments I also have lots of classics on my TBR list. I'm going to try for 3 this month.

3/3 COMPLETE

1. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - 14/5/15
2. Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie - 26/5/15
3. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess - 28/5/15


message 34: by Lulu (last edited May 19, 2015 02:21AM) (new)

Lulu (robotwitch) | 281 comments I'll try for 2.

2/2

✔1. The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
✔2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath


message 35: by Scott (new)

Scott Flicker | 1191 comments Added Ilona, Joanne and Lulu


message 36: by Lynn (last edited May 18, 2015 03:51PM) (new)

Lynn (lmelliott) | 686 comments Scott wrote: "Added Daisys, Michele and Lynn

Lynn feel free to use whatever definition you like. I think the lists above are just for suggestions."


Thanks Scott.....then it's easy to pick classics from my shelves that aren't too virtuous to be fun.

True Grit by Charles Portis -- 05/18/15
The Getaway by Jim Thompson -- 05/07/15
A Death in the Family by James Agee -- 05/17/15
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien -- 05/05/15
Persuasion by Jane Austen -- 05/13/15

5/5 Challenge complete on 5/18!


message 37: by Jenny (Novel Idea) (last edited May 22, 2015 05:22PM) (new)

Jenny (Novel Idea) (novelidea) | 69 comments Put me down for 5 please.


✔1. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
✔2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
✔3. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
✔4. The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
✔5. Behind a Mask -Or- A Woman's Power, A.M. Barnard (Louisa May Alcott)

5/5

Challenge Completed


message 38: by Jenny (Novel Idea) (last edited May 01, 2015 08:43AM) (new)

Jenny (Novel Idea) (novelidea) | 69 comments Ariel (mots_femme) wrote: "I'd like to go for 6 to begin with, please.

[0|7] Completed


1. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
2. The War of the Worlds by [author:H.G. Wells|880..."


I'm planning to read The Picture of Dorian Gray too. Good luck!


message 39: by Scott (new)

Scott Flicker | 1191 comments Added Jenny

Nice picks Lynn I like to see Western, Crime and Southern classics included.


Jenny (Novel Idea) (novelidea) | 69 comments Thanks Scott. I'm in for 5 though, not seven. :-)


message 41: by Kadijah Michelle (last edited May 21, 2015 05:22PM) (new)

Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments Put me down for 3, please.

#1. Pride and Prejudice
#2. The Bell Jar.
#3. Till We Have Faces
#4. The Portrait of Dorian Gray (I'm hoping to start soon).

3/3 done...hoping to make it 4/3 by the end of the month!


message 42: by Scott (new)

Scott Flicker | 1191 comments okay corrected Jenny and added Kadijah


message 43: by Jodie (JT) (last edited May 17, 2015 01:41AM) (new)

Jodie (JT) (jodiewolfbane) | 84 comments Put me down for 10.

1. the adventures of huckleberry fin
2. Oliver twist
3 the secret garden
4. Emma
5. the three musketeers
6. crime and punishment
7. hobbit
8. The Bell Jar
9. the strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
10 around the world in eighty days

list done going to be busy this month I think.


message 44: by Anna (last edited May 25, 2015 01:20AM) (new)

Anna Shelby ☕ (annbau) I'm in for 3:

1. The Alchemist
2. Peter Pan
3. The Bell Jar


message 45: by Scott (new)

Scott Flicker | 1191 comments Jodie and Anna have been added

So far 28 people in the challenge


message 46: by Allison (new)

Allison   | 20 comments I'll try for 2!


message 47: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn | 49 comments I will try for 4.


message 49: by Scott (last edited May 02, 2015 09:04AM) (new)

Scott Flicker | 1191 comments Updated Allison, Kathryn, and Emma

One way to see if other goodreads users think a book is a classic or not is to look at the classics bookshelf. If you think a book should be a classic just add it to your classics bookshelf so other users see this.


message 50: by Natalie (new)

Natalie Shipman May Challenge 2015-Classics
I will try for 3


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