2017 Challenges.

Yesterday with the post on Fielding's Tragedy of Tragedies I managed to complete my 2017 Reading Challenges! Here's my completed list:

  1. A 19th Century ClassicNo Name by Wilkie Collins.
  2. A 20th Century ClassicFinnegans Wake by James Joyce.
  3. A classic by a woman authorThe Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge.
  4. A classic in translationThe Cowards by Josef Škvorecký.
  5. A classic published before 1800Histories by Herodotus.
  6. An romance classicTristan by Gottfried von Strassburg.
  7. A Gothic or horror classic: The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole.
  8. A classic with a number in the titleThe Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare.
  9. A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the titleThe Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen.
  10. A classic set in a place you'd like to visitUtopia by Thomas More.
  11. An award-winning classic: Old Cantankerous by Menander.
  12. A Russian ClassicOn the Eve by Ivan Turgenev.

Deal Me In

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Essays I

Essays II


Short Stories

  1. The Golden Ass by Lucius Apuleius.
  2. Politics by Aristotle.
  3. Rhetoric by Aristotle.
  4. The Brontës by Juliet Barker.
  5. The Age of Bede.
  6. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
  7. Monkey by Wu Ch'êng-ên.
  8. No Name by Wilkie Collins.
  9. The Old Bachelor by William Congreve.
  10. The Double Dealer by William Congreve.
  11. Love for Love by William Congreve.
  12. The Way of the World by William Congreve.
  13. Felix Holt by George Eliot.
  14. Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus.
  15. Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane.
  16. To Let by John Galsworthy.
  17. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell.
  18. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran.
  19. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith.
  20. Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton.
  21. The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall by Thomas Hardy.
  22. The Histories by Herodotus.
  23. The Diary of a Farmer's Wife 1796 - 1797 by Anne Hughes.
  24. Ninety-Three by Victor Hugo.
  25. The Pillars of Society by Henrik Ibsen.
  26. The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen.
  27. The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd.
  28. Tamburlaine the Great Part I by Christopher Marlowe.
  29. Tamburlaine the Great Part II by Christopher Marlowe.
  30. The Jew of Malta by Christopher Marlowe.
  31. The Massacre of Paris by Christopher Marlowe.
  32. Old Cantankerous by Menander.
  33. Other Fragments of Menander.
  34. The Revenger's Tragedy by Thomas Middleton.
  35. Utopia by Thomas More.
  36. The Last Days of Socrates by Plato.
  37. Meno by Plato.
  38. Protagoras by Plato.
  39. All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville-West.
  40. Four Tragedies and Octavia by Seneca the Younger.
  41. The Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare.
  42. The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon.
  43. The Cowards by Josef Škvorecký.
  44. Ichneutai and Other Fragments by Sophocles.
  45. Heidi by Johanna Spyri.
  46. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck.
  47. Tristan by Gottfried von Strassburg.
  48. The Rose and the Ring by William Makepeace Thackeray.
  49. The Sebastopol Sketches by Leo Tolstoy.
  50. The Atheist's Tragedy by Cyril Tourneur.
  51. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope.
  52. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope.
  53. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope.
  54. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole.
  55. The Natural History of Selborne by Gilbert White.
  56. Vera by Oscar Wilde.
  57. The Duchess of Padua by Oscar Wilde.
  58. Hellenica by Xenophon.
  59. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge.
  60. Claude's Confession by Émile Zola

XI –       January 2017 (chapters 30–32)
XII –      February 2017 (chapters 33–34)
XIII –     March 2017 (chapters 35–37)
XIV –     April 2017 (chapters 38–40)
XV –      June 2017 (chapters 41–43)
XVI –     July 2017 (chapters 44–46)
XVII –   August 2017 (chapters 47–49)
XVIII –  September 2017 (chapters 50–52)
XIX –     October 2017 (chapters 53–55)
XX -       November 2017 (chapters 56–57)

  1. A book under 200 pagesPleasures and Days by Marcel Proust.
  2. A book over 400 pagesThe Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope.
  3. A book you REALLY want to rereadThe Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
  4. A new-to-you book by a FAVOURITE authorClaude's Confession by Émile Zola.
  5. A book with illustrations: The Rose and the Ring by William Makepeace Thackeray.
  6. A book published between 1837-1849: The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas.
  7. A book published between 1850-1860: The Sebastopol Sketches by Leo Tolstoy.
  8. A book published between 1861-1870: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
  9. A book published between 1871-1880A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen.
  10. A book published between 1881-1890Heidi by Johanna Spyri.
  11. A book published between 1891-1901The Seagull by Anton Chekhov.
  12. A book by Wilkie CollinsNo Name.
  13. A book by Anthony Trollope: Nina Balatka.
  14. A book by Elizabeth GaskellRuth.
  15. A book by George EliotFelix Holt.
  16. A book by a new-to-you male authorEffi Briest by Theodor Fontane.
  17. A book by a new-to-you female author:  The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte Mary Yonge.
  18. A book translated into EnglishOn the Eve by Ivan Turgenev.
  19. A book that has been filmed as movie, miniseries, or television show: Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy.
  20. A play OR a collection of short stories OR a collection of poemsThe Pillars of the Community by Henrik Ibsen.
  21. Book with a name as the title:  Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola.
  22. A children's bookThe Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley.
  23. Biography, Autobiography, or NONFICTION book about the Victorian era: The Brontës by Juliet Barker.
  24. Book with a Number in the TitleNinety-Three by Victor Hugo.
  25. Book with a Place in the TitleSir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope.

And now, to start thinking about 2018 challenges! 😀


      1. I followed your blog all year and enjoyed it very much. But...how on earth do you read all of these...and review them. Your brain is like a machine!😁 I look forward to 2018 and of course stories of your lovely birds. All the best🐔🐓🐣

        1. Same to you, and thanks! I don't know how I do it - early mornings and not watching much TV is pretty much my approach :) I hope you like my new bird story in the post above :)

      2. Zowie!! Very impressive. Also I need to thank you for the idea -- I've been stumped at how to find an award-winning classic published before 1967 that I might actually want to read. An *ancient* award-winning play, genius!

        1. I'm sure I got the idea off someone else... Either that or luck: I was looking for an award winning book, then literally started reading that play! I think it was someone else though, I have to confess :)

      3. Woow!! Great job, o! And congratz for completing the challenges.

        1. Thank you! Now I can wind down and enjoy Dickens in December :D

      4. Hey! Just found your blog tonight. We both have participated in the Back to the Classics challenge this year. I have 2 more reviews to get on my blog for that challenge. :) But I'm already looking forward to 2018's challenges too!!

        By the way, I'm hosting a Christmas book reading challenge right now, if you're interested. Visit me at: http://inthebookcase.blogspot.com/

        1. Good luck finishing your challenges! I see Back to the Classics is back for 2018, am just about to make my list1 :)


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