Tuesday, December 21, 2010


I signed up for my very first challenges. I always wanted to join in other challenges previously, but didn't much see the point without a book blog. But there are some very exciting ones.

First of all is A Year of Feminist Classics. We're reading a book a month from this list:
January: A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollestonecraft AND So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba
FebruaryThe Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor Mill
March: A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
April: Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
May: A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
June: God Dies by the Nile by Nawal Saadawi
July: The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
August: The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
September: The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
October: Ain’t I a Woman? by bell hooks AND Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism Anthology
NovemberGender Trouble by Judith Butler
December: Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Second is the Back to the Classics Challenge hosted by Sarah at Sarah Reads Too Much. We have to read one book in each category before June 2011. Here's my choices:

A Banned Book: The Color Purple by Alice Walker
A Book With a Wartime Setting: Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks (WWI)
A Pulitzer Prize Winner or Runner Up: The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
A Children's/Young Adult Classic: Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
19th Century Classic: Maybe now I will finally get around to reading The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
20th Century Classic: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
A Book you think should be considered a 21st Century Classic: The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
Re-read a book from your High School/College Classes: If an assignment I never completed counts, I'm doing Caleb Williams by William Godwin

Finally, there's The Victorian Literature Challenge. I'm doing the Great Expectations challenge, so I have to read 5-9 books from the Victorian era. (Although I may have to change it to Sense and Sensibility--1-4 books--if I get too busy.) I hope I can get through these:
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Selected Poems by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope


  1. Thank you for signing up for the Classics Challenge! You've got a great list of titles... I loved The Bell Jar myself. I'm also doing the Victorian Lit Challenge, and plan on reading The Picture of Dorian Gray as well! Have fun!

  2. Oooh! Good challenges! Enjoy Dorian Gray. I LOVED it!

  3. So glad you're joining us for the Year of Feminist Classics!

    Also, enjoy Collins and Gaskell! I love them both :)