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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Another Reading Challenge!

I am, once again, beside myself!!!! I know, that happens a great deal, but that's who I am! I have discovered another reading challenge - The Classics Challenge 2011! I will actually be able to incorporate my Gaskell Challenge into this since Gaskell's books meet the criteria and others are doing so according to the creator of the challenge. It began in January so I am a little behind. All other fiction will go by the wayside, I fear, because I would love to obtain at least the Master's Degree level in this challenge - well, we shall see. I really want the Ph.D, but with stitching and other crafts, brewing potions and casting spells as well as general and mundane life concerns,  forty might be pushing it a bit. However much I would like, I can't read all day, everyday! 

These are the levels of the challenge:

Student: Read any 5 classic books
Bachelor's Degree: Read any 10 classic books
Master's Degree: Read any 20 classic books
Ph.D: Read any 40 classic books

So, what will I read? I haven't a complete list, but here's what I'm starting with:

Cranford - Elizabeth Gaskell (currently reading)
Wives & Daughters - Elizabeth Gaskell
Middlemarch - George Elliot
The Old Curiosity Shop - Charles Dickens
The Aeneid - Virgil
The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
Evelina - Fanny Burney (currently reading)
Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
Jane Eyre  - Charlotte Bronte
Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
Lysistrata - Aristophanes
Thesmophoriazusae - Aristophanes

And yes, some of these will be rereads, but they are so enjoyable and it has been a while for most. Any suggestions? Just reply to this post! I will likely add one or two more novels by Jane Austen as I tend to reread them every year or two. If you are interested in participating, just click on the link under the picture at the beginning of this post.

Blessings nine!


  1. You have taken on a challenging reading agenda. I wish you the best and hope you keep us informed on how you are progressing and maybe a few words on the books that you liked or disliked. -- barbara

  2. I will do that Barbara, as it is part of the challenge. And yes, it is quite an agenda, LOL, but what the hay, a big challenge makes life interesting.