Reading Challenges and the Classics

November 13, 2013 | 2 comments


With my love of reading and lists, it is probably not a surprise that I am a big fan of reading challenges. Goodreads is like heaven for a person like me.

For the last couple of years, I’ve been participating in almost every reading challenge that has come my way. A-Z lists, spell-it-outs, cover hunts, book pyramids – you name it. It has been a lot of fun, but at the same time, it has taken the fun out of reading. Suddenly I was spending more time planning which books to read than actually reading. I have also found that I’ve changed my preferences towards shorter, easier reads that will fulfill the criteria for different challenges, rather than reading books that I actually look forward to reading.

Lately, reading has become a chore. Clearly, I need a change, so I’m making an early (very early) New Year’s resolution. From now on, I am going to be more selective with which reading challenges I participate in and I’m going to prioritize reading books from my very extensive to-read-list rather than newly released freebies from amazon. I’m also going to take the time to write reviews of some of the books I read (I cannot even remember the last time I did this).

So what is the first thing I did after making this reading resolution?

I started another reading challenge. It is not as bad as it sounds, I promise.

And before you judge me, this one is completely justified. I joined the Classics Club – an online community for people who love reading the classics. Part of the setup is that you make a list (!) of 50+ books you want to read, and review, within 5 years. Many of the books on my to-read-list are classics, and I even included reading some of these on my Mission 101 list. So how many classics have I read this year? None (and considering I’ve read over 250 books, that is quite sad). The simple truth is that the classics rarely are quick easy reads so they aren’t the first choice for most reading challenges. Unless that challenge is about reading classics of course.

The list of classics I want to read in the next 5 years can be found here. Some are books I have read before but have wanted to read again, some are books I have wanted to read for years but never gotten around to, and others are books I think I should want to read but I haven’t been ready to commit to yet. It is a healthy mix of everything classics.

Want to join me on this adventure?

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