Yes. That's right. Life is a challenge. My days are being eaten up by challenges. The challenge of working so many hours in a week and still trying to spend time with my family. The challenge of dealing with the many obstacles that have been impeding our financial future. The challenge of dealing with my grandmother's illness. The challenge of finding time to actually sleep in the my already booked days. The challenge of trying to keep my house from falling apart. The challenge of keeping up with posts, emails, "tweets", phone calls and even the snail mail. The challenge of actually blogging more than once a week (I'm seriously behind 4 book reviews!!)
But I'm tired of dealing with every day challenges. I'd rather push all that stuff aside for just a little bit and focus on other things. Yesterday, I took the kiddies to see a movie. A movie!! Monsters vs. Aliens...and it was fun!! Tomorrow is Easter, and I spent this morning shopping for the Easter Bunny. Damned bunny should be able to do his own shopping!
And right now, I want to add some reading challenges to my list of "things to do". I can't seem to pass them up. You see....I like to make lists. I think that's why all these challenges appeal to me so much. It's not like I'll ever be able to actually COMPLETE them. I just like making the lists!! And I always read some of the books, so in that regard....Mission Accomplished!
The Classics Challenge is hosted again this year by Trish from Trish's Reading Nook. I'm late with the sign up, but I'm in the game!!
**Choose Your Level (Keep reading for Bonus)
1. Classics Snack - Read FOUR classics
2. Classics Entree - Read FIVE classics
3. Classics Feast - Read SIX classics
1. Cross-posting with other challenges is allowed (and encouraged!)
2. Audiobooks are fine
3. Re-reads are acceptable, BUT books must be finished after April 1st to count for the challenge
4. Lists don't have to be set in stone; you can change your selections at any time.
5. Have Fun!!
6. You do NOT need a blog to participate.
**Bonus!! (Optional)Last year we compiled a list of books that we think might be considered classics one day. I've wiped out that old list so we can start fresh, but to get an idea of what others suggested last year, see HERE. To start off the list, I'm going to suggest Atonement by Ian McEwan.
As always, I go for the Big list. These are some of the books I hope to read for this challenge:
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (and NO...I haven't read this book!)
- Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Doestoevesky
- Far from the Maddening Crowd by Thomas Hardy
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck
- Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
- The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
1. Read 5 non-fiction books during the months of May - September, 2009 (please link your reviews on Mister Linky each month; Mister Linky can be found each month on this blog)
2. Read at least one non-fiction book that is different from your other choices (i.e.: 4 memoirs and 1 self-help)
That's it!! Picking my books was way harder this year, and I don't know why. But I will draw from this list:
- Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China by Leslie T. Chang
- The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood by Helene Cooper
- Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein
- Pictures of a Revolution: 5 Movies and the Birth of new Hollywood by Mark Harris
- Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
- No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of Hell's Angels by Jay Dobyns
- Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students who took Vegas for Millions by Ben Mezrich
- Tweak: Growing up on Methamphetamine by Nick Sheff
- Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through his Son's Addiction by David Sheff
- Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs by Elissa Wall
- Escape by Caroline Jessop
- Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind he Veil by Deborah Rodriguez
- Infidel by Ayaan Hirisi Ali
- Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
- Bush At War by Bob Woodward
- What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception by Scott McClellan
I could probably list a ton more....but I'm going to go with this group. I'm sure I can find 6 good books from this list!!
Finally, the Herding Cats II: Attack of the Hairballs Challenge. I mean, seriously. How can you not join a challenge with a name like that?? It's hosted by Renay from Let's Get Literate.
1. Make a list of five books you love.
Five. I'm as serious as a beached whale.
All titles must be books you've read in 2007, 2008 or 2009.
Please don't list a series; just the first book. If you really want to list a book in the middle of a series, you can, but it has to be that specific book.
Feel free to share why you're putting the book on your list, because I am nosy.
3. Browse the new book list. Stay a while. Read a few (eta: if you want; not even reading is required this time around if you don't have time to commit to a new challenge but still want to share your favorites).
4. If you review your books, you can share the reviews. You know, if you want. No pressure. Definitely not.
To learn more and to sign up, visit the post about the challenge.
I haven't yet picked the books I'm going to read, but here are the 5 books I'm adding the master list:
- World War Z by Max Brooks
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
- Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
That's it. Enough talk about challenges. Time to get reading!