20 Books of Summer for 2019

20 Books of Summer

Well, well, this is the first time I’ve participated in the 20 Books of Summer challenge, only because the number 20 has intimidated me.  How on earth could I finish 20 books during the summer?  Thankfully, Cathy at 746Books gives some leeway with her challenge, so I can breath a little easier.  But ten ….???  Could I even manage ten?

Well, I have a plan.  I’m going to list 20 books and if anyone has any suggestions in the comments about ones I should definitely read, I’ll take the advice to heart and focus on those.  The challenge is from June 3rd to September 3rd and my goal will be 10 books.  We’ll see how I do.

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The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

“Whan that April with his shoures soote
The droughte of March hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;….”

Twenty-nine pilgrims and the narrator meet in Southwark, in Harry Bailey’s Tabard Inn, before setting off on a pilgrimage to Canterbury, where they will behold Thomas Becket’s shrine.  On the journey each pilgrim will tell four tales, two on the way there and two on the way back.  A free dinner will be awarded to the one with the best story.  And so begins Geoffrey Chaucer’s famous poem, a medley of lively stories that gives the reader a captivating window into 14th century England.

Gateway at Canterbury
The Gateway at Canterbury (1889)
Childe Hassam
source Wikiart

 

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The 2019 Chunkster Challenge

2019 Chunkster Challenge

When it comes to challenges, I’m so easy to convince and thanks to Jean at Howling Frog Books, I’ve decided to join the 2019 Chunkster Challenge!  This challenge is hosted by Becky at Becky’s Book Reviews.  While I’m hesitant to add another challenge, I have quite a few chunkster’s tabled for 2019 that it sort of makes sense to join.  See how I manage quite easily to argue myself into it? 😀

The rules for the 2019 Chunkster Challenge are somewhat complex so I’m setting them down here.  It’s all based on a point system:

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2019 Christian Greats Challenge

2019 Christian Greats Challenge

A very unexpected challenge popped up at Carol’s place, Journey and Destination, the 2019 Christian Greats Challenge, and after some mulling over, I’ve decided to join.  I have a few books that might fit these categories that I’m reading or want to read and it might help me get through them (Augustine’s City of God, I’m looking at YOU!)

The following are the categories and my choices:

The History of the Church Eusebius Paul Maier

1)  A Book on Early Church History

  • The History of the Church by Eusebius or
  • City of God by Saint Augustine or
  • On the Incarnation by Athanasius or 

Why?  I’ve always wanted to read Eusebius.

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The Deal-Me-In Challenge for 2019 is here!

Deal Me In Challenge Classical Carousel

Yay!  The Deal Me In Challenge is here again!  Many thanks to Jay at Bibliophilopolis for hosting this challenge which has helped me to read many more Short Stories, Essays, Poetry and Children’s Books than I ever would have without it.

The rules are simple.  Choose short stories to correspond to each card in a deck of cards. Then draw one card each week and read the story that corresponds.

What do you need for this challenge?

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52 Books in 52 Weeks in 2019

52 Books in 52 Weeks

 

I used to regularly participate in the 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge.  It was one of my favourite challenges and was reasonably easy for me to accomplish.  Then life became busy and 52 books now seems almost impossible to read in a year.  But 2019 is a new year and I’m determined to make reading more of a priority.  So the 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge is back on Classical Carousel!

For this challenge, all you have to commit to do is to read 52 books, 1 during each week of the year.  The rules are relatively broad and easy to accomplish:

  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.
  • Our book weeks will begin on Sunday
  • Week one will begin on Tuesday, January 1st.
  • Participants may join at any time.
  • All forms of books are acceptable including e-books, audio books, etc.
  • Re-reads are acceptable as long as they are read after January 1, 2019.
  • Book may overlap other challenges
  • If you have a blog, create an entry post linking to this blog.
  • Sign up with Mr. Linky in the “I’m participating post” in the sidebar
  • You don’t have to have a blog to participate.  Post your weekly book in the comments section of each weekly post.
  • Mr. Linky will be added to the bottom of each of the weekly posts for you to link to reviews of your reads.

Already I have some books on my radar to read including Tom Jones, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Moby Dick, David Copperfield, Kidnapped and The Grapes of Wrath.

I’m excited to add the 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge to my Back to the Classics, and Newbery Award challenges for 2019!  What challenges are you going to participate in in the new year?

 

 

Newbery Reading Challenge 2019

A Newbery Reading Challenge for 2019!  What could be better?! This is a new challenge for me, a challenge to read Newbery Award & Honor Books and Caldecott Medal and Honor books.  I love children’s books and this is an opportunity to focus on some of these books for 2019.

Julie from Smiling Shelves is hosting the Newbery Reading Challenge for 2019 and the rules are as follows:

  • 3 points for a Newbery Medal Winner
  • 2 points for a Newbery Honor Book
  • 1 point for a Caldecott Medal or Honor Book

There are five different levels to the Newbery Reading Challenge but I’m going to aim for the easiest, L’Engle at 15-29 points.

Mother and Child Reading by Alfred Smith Carlton source Wikimedia Commona

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Back To The Classics Challenge 2019

Here it is again, the Back to the Classics Challenge where we are challenged to read a number of classic books during the year!  I’m very scared to attempt any challenges after the reading year I had in 2018, but I’m sloughing off my failures and having a very positive, sunny attitude towards my reading in 2019!  With that in mind, I’m going to join Karen at Books and Chocolate‘s Back to the Classics Challenge!  Here are the categories and possible book choices for them:

Categories & Books:

  1. 19th Century Classic: Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson or The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  2. 20th Century Classic:  The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  3. Classic by a Female Author:  The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot or Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
  4. Classic In Translation:  The Stranger by Albert Camus
  5. Classic Comedy:  Gargantua and Pantagruel by François Rabelais or The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne
  6. Classic Tragedy: Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare
  7. A Very Long Classic:  Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  8. Classic Novella:  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
  9. Classic From The Americas:  Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  10. Classic From Africa, Asia or Oceania:  The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield
  11. Classic From A Place You’ve Lived: Roughing It In The Bush (Canada) by Susanna Moodie
  12. Classic Play:  Ajax by Sophocles

The Magdalen Reading ~ Rogier van der Weyden (Public Domain) source Wikimedia Commons

While the books listed are not set in stone, I’m going to try to stick as closely to them as I can.  I think I’m most looking forward to the comedy category ….. I definitely need some comedic relief lately! 😉  I’m also excited about reading another Greek play and perhaps getting back into sync with my ancient Greek challenge, and I do need to read another Shakespeare to get me going on the Bard again.  So many classic books, so little time!

If you’d like to join this challenge too, just hop over to Books and Chocolate and sign up.  It’s truly one of the best challenges of the year!

Previous Back to the Classics challenges:

 

A Literary Christmas 2018

In the Bookcase is hosting A Literary Christmas challenge and since I’ve been so neglectful of many of my other challenges this year, I wanted to try to finish on a high note.  Therefore, I’m joining!

All I have to do is to make a list of Christmas books I’d like to read and then finish as many of them as I can on or before December 31, 2018.  I should have some time off this Christmas so I have high hopes of doing well with this challenge.  Plus, I can slot in some wonderful (shorter) children’s Christmas classics, which will make it a little easier on me.

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