2016 Classics Challenge

I’d been pondering what kind of reading challenge to set myself for 2016 when I came across the 2016 Classics Challenge on the prettybooks blog, and immediately signed up.

I love reading Classics, which makes this a trickier challenge than it may at first seem, since I’ll have to work hard to find new books to read (no Austen or Brontë sisters for me!). I also liked Stacey’s suggested questions for blogging about the challenge:

WHEN I Discovered This Classic
WHY I Chose to Read It
WHAT Makes It A Classic
WHAT I Thought of This Classic
WILL It Stay A Classic
WHO I’d Recommend It To

which will make a nice change from the review format I played around with in 2015.

classic books.
Some goodies from Armchair Books, Edinburgh.

I have my first three Classics lined up after some secondhand book shopping this week: Barchester Towers (Anthony Trollope), The Lusiads (Luís de Camões), and Titus Groan (Mervyn Peake).1 After that, I’m tempted by Oliver Twist, Conrad’s Nostromo, and Anne of Green Gables. Anna Karenina, and Madame Bovary are also contenders, and I feel that I should probably give Agatha Christie a try.

If you have any recommendations, then I’d love to hear them, and if you like the sound of the Challenge then head on over to prettybooks and sign up.


1. Full disclosure: I did read Titus Groan when I was a teenager but I don’t remember anything about it, so thought I’d give it another try.



  1. prettybooks says:

    Thank you for joining the 2016 Classics Challenge! 🙂 I thoroughly recommend Anne of Green Gables and Agatha Christie!

    1. epalmerbrown says:

      I’m really excited for it. Everyone is telling me to read Agatha Christie, so she’s definitely making my list! 🙂

      1. prettybooks says:

        They’re a lot of fun!

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