I’m still pondering what I want to read this year, probably a function of how little time I had to blog and think over the Christmas break, but I am excited about the new reading challenges! I’ll add books as I have a chance.

1. A 19th century classic. Hard Times by Charles Dickens (The Literary Life Podcast)

2. A 20th century classic. Any book first published from 1900 to 1972. All books must have been published at least 50 years ago; the only exceptions are books which were written by 1972 and posthumously published.

3. A classic by a woman author. The Hundred and One Dalmatians (1956) by Dodie Smith

4. A classic in translation.  Any book first published in a language that is not your primary language. You may read it in translation or in its original language, if you prefer. 

5. A classic by BIPOC author. Any book published by a non-white author.

6. Mystery/Detective/Crime Classic. It can be fiction or non-fiction (true crime). Examples include Murder on the Orient Express, Crime and Punishment, In Cold Blood.

7. A Classic Short Story Collection. Any single volume that contains at least six short stories. The book can have a single author or can be an anthology of multiple authors. 

8. Pre-1800 Classic. The Faerie Queene, Book I by Edmund Spencer

9. A Nonfiction Classic. The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis (The Literary Life Podcast)

10. Classic That’s Been on Your TBR List the Longest. Find the classic book that’s been hanging around unread the longest, and finally cross it off your list!  Don Quixote according to my Goodreads “Want to read” shelf 

11. Classic Set in a Place You’d Like to Visit. The Enchanted April (1922) by Elizabeth von Arnim. *The Italian Riviera (The Literary Life Podcast)

12. Wild Card Classic.