As the new year approaches, it’s time to review how I did with the challenges I took on this year.
Top on my list was the Back to the Classics challenge hosted by Books and Chocolate, and I’m pleased that I did manage to read one book from each of the twelve categories.
- A 19th Century Classic: Armadale by Wilkie Collins
- A 20th Century Classic: Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
- A Classic by a Woman Author: The Constant Nymph by Margaret Kennedy
- A Classic in Translation: The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse
- A Very Long Classic Novel: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- A Classic Novella: The Aspern Papers by Henry James
- A Classic with a Person’s Name in the Title: Dr Thorne by Anthony Trollope
- A Humorous or Satirical Classic: The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay
- A Forgotten Classic: Saplings by Noel Streatfeild
- A Nonfiction Classic: Three Houses by Angela Thirkell
- A Classic Children’s Book: An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
- A Classic Play: The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder
Then there was the Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight. My goal was to do one post per month, putting me at the “Discussion Dabbler” level. I really enjoyed this opportunity to mix up the content on my blog, and the discussion posts garnered many interesting and thoughtful comments. My personal favorites: Does reading matter? and Are there too many book blogs?
Here are links to all the monthly topics:
- January: What makes a great book blog design?
- February: Why do so many books have the same title?
- March: What makes a good book title?
- April: Does spelling matter?
- May: Does reading matter?
- June: How do you find “under-the-radar” books?
- July: What do you like about your blogging platform?
- August: Are there too many book blogs?
- September: What would you like to read for Witch Week?
- October: Do you like to talk about books?
- November: Do I need a niche?
- December: Is blogging worth it?
I wasn’t supposed to do any more challenges, but I couldn’t resist the Once Upon a Time Challenge at Stainless Steel Droppings, which features some of my favorite genres. I read one book from each of the four categories:
- Fairy Tales: Bitter Greens
- Myth: The Penelopiad
- Folklore: The Golem and the Jinni
- Fantasy: The Valley of Song
I had a wonderful time time with all these challenges this year, but next year I’m hosting one of my own, Reading New England, and I’ll need to focus on that. I’ll also be continuing with the 2016 Book Blog Discussion Challenge. I know I’ll keep reading classics but I’m not sure which ones at this point.
What challenges did you participate in this year? What are your plans for next year?