The Back to the Classics Challenge is hosted by Karen from Books and Chocolate:
"For the eighth year, I'm hosting the Back to the Classics Challenge, a year-long challenge in which participants are encouraged to finally read the classics they've always meant to read -- or just recently discovered. At the end of the year, one lucky winner will receive a prize $30 (US) in books from the bookstore of their choice. "
Karen asks readers to read from twelve categories in 2021. She offers one entry to the prize to anyone who reads from six categories, two entries to a reader from nine categories, and three entries to a reader from all twelve categories.
Here are the books I read:
1. A 19th century classic. Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim.
2. A 20th century classic. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis.
3. A classic by a woman author. The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford.
4. A classic in translation. Quo Vadis by Henrik Srenkiewicz.
5. A classic by BIPOC author. The Narrative of Sojourner Truth.
6. A classic by a new-to-you author. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.
7. New-to-you classic by a favorite author. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.
8. A classic about an animal, or with an animal in the title. Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson.
9. A children's classic. The Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter.
10. A humorous or satirical classic. Selected Stories of O. Henry.
11. A travel or adventure classic (fiction or non-fiction). Wind, Sand, and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
12. A classic play. Plays will only count in this category. Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw.
Complete information is here.
The aim of the Nonfiction Reader Challenge is to encourage you to make nonfiction part of your reading experience during the year.
Each time you read and review a book as part of this challenge, make sure you identify it by adding either a direct statement and/or the challenge image badge to the post. Use the hashtag #2021ReadNonFic and/or tweet @bookdout
Share your review with other challenge participants by posting your name/blog name and title of the book with a direct link to your review in the Linky, here. Please take the time to visit a few links and leave a comment after adding yours!
There are three levels:
Nonfiction Nipper: Read 3 books, from any category
Nonfiction Nibbler: Read 6 books, from any category
Nonfiction Know-It-All: Read 12 books, one for each category
I aim to be a Nonfiction Know-It-All. Here are the books I may read:
1. Biography. Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World.
2. Travel. On the Narrow Road to the Deep North
6. Oceanography. The Sea Around Us.
7. Hobbies. How to Attract Birds to Your Garden.
8. Indigenous Cultures. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.
9. Food. The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher.
10. Wartime Experiences. The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman.
The 2021 Chapter-a-Day Read-along is hosted by Nick of One Catholic Life. More information is here.
How to Participate in the 2021 Chapter-a-Day Read-along
- You can read a book that’s been translated from any language into the language of your choosing. The challenge is not limited to translations to or from English.
- You can read any genre
- You can read books meant for any age group
- Crossovers with other challenges are fine
- Any format that you choose is also acceptable
- The challenge will run from January 1 through December 31, 2021
- A blog is not required for participation; you can also link to reviews on other sites such as GoodReads or LibraryThing
- Sign up anytime throughout the year
- I’ve tried to keep this simple but if you have any questions, reach out in the comments, via social media (links in my sidebar), or my contact form.
- Most importantly, have fun!
Beginner: Read 1-3 books in translation
Conversationalist: 4-6 books
Bilingual: 7-9 books
Linguist: 10+ books
My 2021 Books in Translation Challenge:
The Book of Tea (Japanese)
The Divine Comedy (Italian)
Quo Vadis (Polish)
A Hundred Million Francs by Paul Berna (French)
Wind, Sand, and Stars by Antoine Saint-Exupery (French)
Sunday's Child by Gudrun Mebs (German)
The World's Poorest President Speaks Out (Japanese)
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (Japanese)
One Hundred Poems from the Japanese (Japanese)
Jungle Tales by Horacio Quiroga (Spanish)