- Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (reviewed by Bookfool)
- The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (reviewed by Debi)
- Life as we Know it by Susan Beth Pfeffer (reviewed by Chris)
- The Sky Inside by Clare B. Dunkle (reviewed by Becky)
- Voice of our Shadow by Jonathan Carroll (reviewed by Nymeth)
- The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (reviewed by Darla)
Now you guys need to help me choose my last 2 picks!!
Trish from Trish's Reading Nook is hosting this year's Classics Challenge. Lately, I've been neglecting my Classics. It's sad, but I just haven't had time to keep up. Trish set up a Challenge blog, and everything. Here are the rules:
RULES (keep reading for the bonus):
OPTION 1: Read FIVE classics.
OPTION 2: Read FIVE classics from at least TWO different countries
OPTION 3: Read FIVE classics with any combination of at least TWO different countries and TWO different genres (see above for genres).
Cross-posting with other challenges is allowed (and encouraged!);
Audiobooks are fine; books must be finished after July 1st to count for the challenge although re-reads are acceptable.
Lists don't have to be set in stone; you can change your selections at any time.
Have Fun. Oh ya...there will be a drawing for a prize or two. To be entered you must complete any one of the above options. You do NOT need a blog to participate.
Am I going to define what a classic is? Nope! There are lots of definitions offered on the Internet, but essentially we all have different opinions so don't stress too much--and see the bonus below.
As you can see, I'm requiring FIVE classics for six months. For the sixth book, I would like the participants to offer suggestions for books that may not be considered classics but that you think should be or books that you think will be a classic one day. Leave your suggestions in the comments below. I'll compile a list of the suggestions and you choose a book from the list and make that your sixth read. I realize this means you may have to wait to make your list if you choose to participate in the bonus round, but I'm hoping this is a modern twist on the old classics challenge.
So....here are my 5 + bonus for this year's Classics Challenge:
- Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck
- The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The last thing I wanted to mention was Callista's Daring Book Challenge. She has set up this challenge as either a set reading tract or just a perpetual challenge. Here is the challenge blog, A Daring Book Challenge. The key is to read the "list" from The Daring Book for Girls'. The list is HUGE, hence the perpetual challenge. But the books are cool. Girl's Classics, Favorites, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Classic Girl & her horse books, Mythologies & Fairy Tales, Old Fashioned Girl Detective Stories.
I know I will never be able to read all the books on the list, but I'm going to read some....and I wanted to pass this along!!