Category: challenges

The Spin Number is …

Posted September 26, 2019 by Lory in challenges / 11 Comments
The Spin Number is …

Number 5! That means I’ll be reading: I’m excited to finally read this Australian classic, with perfect timing for Brona’s Australian Reading Month in November. If you’re participating in the Spin, what did you get? How do you feel about it?

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Classics Club Spin #21

Posted September 22, 2019 by Lory in challenges / 25 Comments
Classics Club Spin #21

It’s time for the Classics Club Spin! Club members pick 20 books from their list and number them. A number is chosen and then the challenge is to read that book by a certain date (October 31, in this case). Even though I no longer have an official target date for my Classics Club list, […]

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Five years of the Classics Club

Posted June 23, 2019 by Lory in challenges / 36 Comments
Five years of the Classics Club

It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since I joined the Classics Club, with the goal of reading 50 classics from my self-defined list in that time. Well, it’s been a wonderful part of my blogging life and I am so grateful for all the books I’ve encountered through this project. I did not […]

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Don Quixote: The Next Adventure

Posted March 19, 2019 by Lory in challenges / 15 Comments
Don Quixote: The Next Adventure

I’ve been meaning to read the second half of Don Quixote, having taken a break after Part One. When I found out Emma from Words and Peace was interested too — a chapter-a-day readalong she’d been following seemed to be defunct — I offered to read along with her. We decided to do alternating posts […]

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Les Miserables: The Final Chapters

Posted December 31, 2018 by Lory in challenges / 6 Comments
Les Miserables: The Final Chapters

Yes, I’ve made it to the end of the readalong! I spent the entire year with Jean Valjean and co., from the battle of Waterloo to the sewers of Paris and beyond. I appreciated Victor Hugo’s vivid and poetic language, his wide-ranging imagination, and his sense of drama. I truly feel I’ve been living part […]

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Les Miserables: Nearly nine months in

Posted September 16, 2018 by Lory in challenges / 6 Comments
Les Miserables: Nearly nine months in

I’ve been reading a chapter a day (on average) of Les Miserables for almost nine months now. In this quarter, the big new development has been the love story of Cosette and Marius. A prime example of the Idealized Romance in its most passionately unrealistic form, this reminded me of some psychological texts I’ve been […]

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Les Miserables: The first six months

Posted July 4, 2018 by Lory in challenges / 10 Comments
Les Miserables: The first six months

I’ve been reading Les Miserables for half a year now, and it’s been a very interesting experience. I fall behind a few chapters occasionally, but it’s not hard to catch up when the chapters are usually so short. At times it’s hard to stop when the action gets exciting, but I feel it’s a good […]

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My book acquisition ban: How did it go?

Posted March 28, 2018 by Lory in challenges / 31 Comments
My book acquisition ban: How did it go?

We’ve nearly made it to the fourth month of the year, so I’m also nearly done with my self-imposed three-month book acquisition ban. My goal was to not acquire any books from any outside source — bookstore, library, online, publishers — and only read books I already have in the house. So how did it […]

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Les Miserables: The first three months

Posted March 25, 2018 by Lory in challenges / 18 Comments
Les Miserables: The first three months

As I proceed through the Chapter-a-day Readalong of Les Miserables, I thought it might be good to check in every quarter or so rather than leaving it all till the end of the year (when I might have forgotten all about what happened in January). These months took us through the first part, “Fantine,” which […]

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