December 11, 2012

Announcing the 2013 Classics Catch-Up Challenge! (and a giveaway!)

Remember how I was going to read six classics in 2012? But I only read four?

Well this year I'm making it public. I'm announcing the six books I'm gonna read. And, I'm inviting you to join me!

To make it more challenging, I'm gonna add a second or third option each time, and see if maybe, just maybe, I can read 13 classics in 2013!

All you have to do to enter in my challenge is put your info in the GoogleDoc below (because it feels much more official if you're putting your name to it!), and then read along with me. Every two months I'll have a little link-up/series of questions about the current book(s) for you to participate in.

Below are the six classics that I've never read (the ones in bold - and yes, I'm totally embarrassed to be admitting this). The other titles I've read before, but it's been years. Re-reading participation is absolutely welcome, you just have to be willing to actually re-read the WHOLE thing, and participate in the link-ups. Scouts honor!


  Anna Karenina
  Wuthering Heights

March- April




  Madame Bovary


  Of Mice and Men
  Robinson Crusoe



  Don Quixote
  My Antonia


  Animal Farm
  A Tale of Two Cities

Here are the challenge levels:

0-4 Freshman
(Sorry, I got bored.)
5-8 Sophomore
(Hooray! I feel more well-rounded.)
9-11 Junior
(Enter me to win a $25 Amazon gift card.)
12-13 Senior
(I'm awesome! I want that gift card, plus a free book.)

Yup, at the end of 2013, if you've read/participated for at least 9 out of the 13 classics, I'll automatically enter you in a drawing to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

Sound good?

Then please - do me a favor? Tweet/FB/mention this challenge on your blog! I'm sure there are other people out there who have missed a lot of classics like me - and I want to get as many participants as I can. It'll be way more fun if we all trudge through Anna Karenina together. If you want it, there's even a button that will link back to this post. Grab the html at the bottom of this post.

And don't forget to enter your info below, in order to join the fun.

Update 1/6/13: Due to popular demand, I'll allow ONE substitution, if there's a book you just hate or have read several times already. But I want it to feel a bit bookclubbish, so I want us to be reading all the same books at the same time.