Saturday, January 02, 2010

Classics, Mysteries, and the Challenges thereof

Here are a couple of reading challenges that I'm excited about beginning here at the start of the New Year...

Classics Bookclub

Under the new and improved plan, you pick the books you want to read, you pick when you want to read them and you pick how many you'll read! We'll link up on the fifth Tuesdays to report our progress. Interested? Link your goals up here and earn a chance to win a giveaway!

I love the classics bookclub, as you well know, and I'm excited about the new format. I'm hoping it will give me some accountability as well as introduce me to some titles I might not have considered otherwise! For my goals (subject to change, of course), classic titles I'd like to read:

Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
The Three Musketeers by Dumas
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Of course, I have none of these in my possession so it may depend on what the library has available! More astute readers may remember that not too long ago I attempted to read both a Faulkner and a Hemingway title but, sadly, couldn't make my way through either of them. Maybe it was just a stage. Maybe I'll try again. My friend Kim loves Thomas Hardy so I might pick up one of his novels.

Speaking of classics, 5 Minutes for Books is also hosting the Children's Classics Mystery Challenge


As a girl I loved, loved, LOVED reading Trixie Belden, Encyclopedia Brown, and of course Nancy Drew (my absolute favorite). In this challenge, which will run from January to July, participants are asked to read some of their favorite childhood mysteries and link up their thoughts on the second Tuesday of each month. As with the New and Improved Classics Bookclub, you can participate as much or as little as you like, it's totally up to you! Be sure to link up your goals here. As for me, I plan to revisit my old friend Nancy Drew as part of this challenge:

Here we will attempt to make our way through all 56 original yellow spine Nancy Drew mysteries! As I said, these were my absolute favorites growing up. I own a few yellow spined copies from my girlhood, not nearly as many as I wanted at the time, but my parents were big fans of the public library. To this day, some of my favorite memories include maxing out my library card (six book limit) with, among others, Nancy's exploits with Bess, George and Ned. I don't know if I can make it through all fifty six this year but it will be fun to try! Interested? Link up here!


  1. I have never read a Nancy Drew but my daughter has almost all of these boxed up downstairs. Maybe I'll have give some of them a try!

  2. Oh the Nancy Drew challenge is SOOO tempting!

    Because I don't have any books to read, ya know!!

    My girl has a lot of them - it's hilarious how sterotyped they are - especially the descriptions of Bess & George! LOL

  3. I'm going to participate (to some extent, haven't decided just how much) with the Nancy Drew challenge and Children's Classic Mystery challenge. Looking forward to it!

  4. Great goals, Lisa! May 2010 be a year full of fun reading! :)

  5. I'm thinking Pilgrims Progress should see another re-read around these parts as well. It's been a loooong time since I've read it.

  6. I'm thinking Pilgrims Progress should see another re-read around these parts as well. It's been a loooong time since I've read it.