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message 1: by Kara, TBR Twins (new)

Kara (karaayako) | 3965 comments ALISSA'S MAY CLASSICS MINI CHALLENGE
Duration: May 1 - May 31, 2015

1. May is full of important literary births and deaths. Both Dante Alighieri and Walt Whitman were born in May. Maya Angelou and Maurice Sendak both passed away in May. Read a classic book by an author who either was born or died in May.

2. When you adjust prices to consider inflation, Gone With the Wind was the highest grossing film of all time. The Phantom of the Opera is the second highest grossing Broadway production of all time. Both were based on popular works of classic literature. Read a classic book or play that was adapted into a movie or Broadway production.

3. Some of the most influential and important female authors in classic literature wrote their works under male pseudonyms to avoid harsh, unjust criticism. Read a book written by a female author using a male pseudonym.

4. "Love, whose month is ever May," was written by Shakespeare in Love's Labour's Lost. Read either a play by Shakespeare or classic love story.

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This challenge was created by Alissa and adapted for this group. Alissa will also be our leader for this challenge. Thank you, Alissa!


message 2: by Ariel (last edited May 28, 2015 08:18PM) (new)

Ariel  (lamot_amant) | 728 comments Ooh, count me in. This seems like an awesome one. I'd like to go for all 4, please.

[4|4] Completed - DONE!

1. Read a classic book by an author who either was born or died in May.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum ((May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919))

2. Read a classic book or play that was adapted into a movie or Broadway production.

The Nose (Read in The Collected Tales and Plays of Nikolai Gogol) by Nikolai Gogol. This was adapted into a film/animation short titled Le Nez in 1963. This is actually what got me interested in Gogol to begin with. I really recommend the film short.

3. Read a book written by a female author using a male pseudonym.

Middlemarch by George Eliot

4. Read either a play by Shakespeare or classic love story.

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy


message 3: by Kara, TBR Twins (new)

Kara (karaayako) | 3965 comments I haven't done a challenge in a while, but I love this one. I'll try for three. Thanks, Alissa!


message 4: by Laurie (last edited May 25, 2015 02:55PM) (new)

Laurie Put me down for three.

3|3 Complete

1. Read a classic book by an author who either was born or died in May. Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm (died May 20, 1956)

2. Read a classic book or play that was adapted into a movie or Broadway production. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

3. Read a book written by a female author using a male pseudonym.

4. Read either a play by Shakespeare or classic love story. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell


message 5: by Charity (last edited May 25, 2015 04:34PM) (new)

Charity (faeryrebel78) | 1465 comments I will try for 3.

4/3

1. Read a classic book by an author who either was born or died in May. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 5/25/15

2. Read a classic book or play that was adapted into a movie or Broadway production. Death of a Salesman 5/6/15

3. Read a book written by a female author using a male pseudonym. The Silkworm 5/16/15

4. Read either a play by Shakespeare or classic love story. Pride and Prejudice 5/9/15


message 6: by Maria (new)

Maria (mariah90602) | 1683 comments I'll try for 3.


message 7: by [deleted user] (last edited May 27, 2015 01:08PM) (new)

Participants

Alicia: 3/4
Ariel: 2/4
Brianna: 0/2
Charity: 3/3--- YAY!
Emma: 4/4--- YAY! Happy dance!
Jenny: 4/4--- Happy dance!
Joanne: 0/2
Kara: 0/3
Laurie: 3/3--- YAY!!
Maria: 1/3
Mary Pat: 2/2--- Happy dance!
Megan: 0/2
Nola: 0/5
Nwanneka: 0/3
Susan: 2/4
Tatiana: 0/1


message 8: by Megan BG (last edited May 31, 2015 03:05PM) (new)

Megan BG (meganbgreads) | 1323 comments I'm going to start at 2. April was a bad month for me as far as reading goes, so I'm going to aim low in May, but hopefully I can increase my goal! I really need to finish Pride & Prejudice, so hopefully I can do that in May.

1. Read a classic book by an author who either was born or died in May.
The Marvelous Land of Oz - 5/31

2. Read a classic book or play that was adapted into a movie or Broadway production.
Pride and Prejudice - 5/29

3. Read a book written by a female author using a male pseudonym.

4. Read either a play by Shakespeare or classic love story.

2/2 Done!


message 9: by Emma (new)

Emma Green | 198 comments I'll try for all4.


message 10: by Jenny (Novel Idea) (last edited May 22, 2015 05:24PM) (new)

Jenny (Novel Idea) (novelidea) | 69 comments I am in for all 4.


✔1. Read a classic book by an author who either was born or died in May. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

✔2. Read a classic book or play that was adapted into a movie or Broadway production. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

✔3. Read a book written by a female author using a male pseudonym. Behind a Mask -Or- A Woman's Power by A.M. Barnard (Louisa May Alcott)

✔4. Read either a play by Shakespeare or classic love story. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


message 11: by Nwanneka (new)

Nwanneka Chukwujiorah | 42 comments I like this challenge. But I too fell down on my books in April. I am going to aim low as well and go for 3.


message 12: by Nwanneka (new)

Nwanneka Chukwujiorah | 42 comments #2 Read a classic that was adapted into a movie or Broadway play. My choice is the Lincoln Lawyer, by Michael Connelly


message 13: by JoJo (last edited May 31, 2015 12:58AM) (new)

JoJo (jojo2013) | 813 comments I'm aiming for 2

2/2 Complete

1. Read a classic book by an author who either was born or died in May. Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie (J. M. Barrie was born on May 9, 1860)

2. Read a classic book or play that was adapted into a movie or Broadway production. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (ACO was made into a movie) - 28/5/15


message 14: by ✿ Alicia ✿ (last edited May 29, 2015 02:57PM) (new)

✿ Alicia ✿ | 57 comments I'm going to try for 2.
I changed my mind, I'm going to read all 4.

✔ 1.) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (whose birthday is May 13, 1907)

✔ 2.) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (made into a movie in 1962)

✔ 3.) Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb (the pen name for Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden)

✔ 4.) Love's Labour's Lost by William Shakespeare (you can read the play online by going to this link and clicking the "read book" button located under the "Want to Read" button)


message 15: by Mary Pat (last edited May 03, 2015 07:24AM) (new)

Mary Pat | 2186 comments Count me in for two, please!


Invisible Man (play premiered in February, 2013)

My Sister's Keeper (Picoult born May 19th)


message 16: by Nola (new)

Nola Arganbright I will do all 5

1. Read a classic book by an author who either was born or died in May.

2. Read a classic book or play that was adapted into a movie or Broadway production.

3. Read a book written by a female author using a male pseudonym.

4. Read either a play by Shakespeare or classic love story.




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message 17: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana | 4 comments I am going to do #1I've always wanted to read a book by Maya Angelou.


message 18: by [deleted user] (new)

I've added everyone down to here.


message 19: by Charity (new)

Charity (faeryrebel78) | 1465 comments Updated message 5.


1/3


message 20: by Laurie (new)

Laurie 1/3 complete

2. Read a classic book or play that was adapted into a movie or Broadway production. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum


message 21: by Emma (last edited Jun 02, 2015 12:40PM) (new)

Emma Green | 198 comments Read 4/4
1. Read a classic book by an author who either was born or died in May. Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum

2. Read a classic book or play that was adapted into a movie or Broadway production. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie and War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

3. Read a book written by a female author using a male pseudonym. We Were Liars by E Lockhart

4. Read either a play by Shakespeare or classic love story. Love's Labour's Lost by William Shakespeare


message 22: by Susan C (last edited Jun 02, 2015 06:53AM) (new)

Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments I'm going to try for all 4



✓ 1. Read a classic book by an author who either was born or died in May.
Watership Down read 5/22/2015

✓ 2. Read a classic book or play that was adapted into a movie or Broadway production.
The Secret Garden read 5/6/2015

✓ 3. Read a book written by a female author using a male pseudonym.
Middlemarch read 5/30/2015

4. Read either a play by Shakespeare or classic love story.

3/4 complete
Did not complete the challenge - Middlemarch took a long time to read...


message 23: by Emma (new)

Emma Green | 198 comments Updated message 22


message 24: by Charity (new)

Charity (faeryrebel78) | 1465 comments Updated message 5.

2/3


message 25: by Ariel (new)

Ariel  (lamot_amant) | 728 comments Update: [1 of 4] Completed; Message 2


message 26: by [deleted user] (new)

I have updated everyone up to here.


message 27: by Mary Pat (new)

Mary Pat | 2186 comments UPDATE:


Goal: 2 - Progress: 1 complete; 1 to go

Invisible Man (play premiered in February, 2013)


message 28: by Mary Pat (new)

Mary Pat | 2186 comments UPDATE: CHALLENGE COMPLETE!


Goal: 2 - Progress: 2 complete; 0 to go

Invisible Man (play premiered in February, 2013)

My Sister's Keeper (Picoult born May 19th)


message 29: by Emma (new)

Emma Green | 198 comments Updated message 22 . read 4/4.


Jenny (Novel Idea) (novelidea) | 69 comments Update:

2/4


message 31: by [deleted user] (new)

Got everyone updated to here.


message 32: by Charity (new)

Charity (faeryrebel78) | 1465 comments Updated message 5.


3/3


message 33: by Laurie (new)

Laurie Updated message 4

2/3 complete

Added:
4. Read either a play by Shakespeare or classic love story. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell


message 34: by ✿ Alicia ✿ (last edited May 21, 2015 03:33PM) (new)

✿ Alicia ✿ | 57 comments I'm updating message 15.
Just finished Rebecca
3/4
Only one more left!


message 35: by Susan C (new)

Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments Updated message 22


Jenny (Novel Idea) (novelidea) | 69 comments Update 4/4. This was a fun challenge!


message 37: by Ariel (new)

Ariel  (lamot_amant) | 728 comments Update: [2|4]; Message 2


message 38: by Laurie (new)

Laurie I've completed this challenge.

3|3 Complete

1. Read a classic book by an author who either was born or died in May. Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm (died May 20, 1956)

2. Read a classic book or play that was adapted into a movie or Broadway production. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

4. Read either a play by Shakespeare or classic love story. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell


message 39: by Charity (new)

Charity (faeryrebel78) | 1465 comments Updated message 5. My goal was 3 but I managed to get all 4 read.


message 40: by Maria (new)

Maria (mariah90602) | 1683 comments 1/3

2. Read a classic book or play that was adapted into a movie or Broadway production.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


message 41: by [deleted user] (new)

Got everyone updated to here.


message 42: by Maria (new)

Maria (mariah90602) | 1683 comments 2/3

1. Read a classic book by an author who either was born or died in May.

Daphne du Maurier - Jamaica Inn


message 43: by Ariel (new)

Ariel  (lamot_amant) | 728 comments Update: [4 of 4] Done; Message 2


message 44: by Megan BG (new)

Megan BG (meganbgreads) | 1323 comments Finally finished 1 that qualifies!

2. Read a classic book or play that was adapted into a movie or Broadway production.
Pride and Prejudice

Thanks for the ideas, everyone on the first one... I'm reading The Marvelous Land of Oz now! I just read the first one. I don't think I ever read this one, but I'm pretty sure I read Ozma of Oz when I was a kid, which is the 3rd.


message 45: by ✿ Alicia ✿ (new)

✿ Alicia ✿ | 57 comments Updating message 15.
I just finished reading Royal Assassin.
That makes 4/4.
Challenge Completed!!


message 46: by JoJo (last edited May 31, 2015 01:01AM) (new)

JoJo (jojo2013) | 813 comments Updated message 14 - 2/2 Challenge completed!!!

1. Read a classic book by an author who either was born or died in May.
Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie (J. M. Barrie was born May 9,1960) - 26/5/15

2. Read a classic book or play that was adapted into a movie or Broadway production.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (adapted into a movie) - 28/5/15


message 47: by Megan BG (new)

Megan BG (meganbgreads) | 1323 comments Finished my goal of 2!

1. Read a classic book by an author who either was born or died in May.
The Marvelous Land of Oz


message 48: by Susan C (new)

Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments Updated message 23


3/4 completed


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