HPB Reading Challenge: Lit Classics

Did you know that the weather powers-that-be predicted an exceptionally cold winter this year? When we first heard that, Jenni and I headed to Half Price Books to stock up on some great “cozy up to the fire” reads — so even though Old Man Winter is later than normal this season, we’ll be ready for him when he arrives!

Cozying up to the fire always makes us think of returning to the classics — Dickens, Shakespeare, Dickinson, Whitman. Then the blog team at Half Price Books mentioned that other customers wanted to do a “Reading Challenge,” where everybody pledges to read a certain genre of books together– and Jenni and I thought, “We should do a Literature Classics Challenge!”

The idea is this: if you have always thought to yourself, “Ah, I always meant to read Fountainhead, or Catch 22, or War and Peace, but never had the time,” now’s our chance to shake on it and do this thing together.

The goal is to read:

  1. A Children’s/Young Adult Classic
  2. 19th Century Classic
  3. 20th Century Classic
  4. A Classic Play

You can sign up for the challenge in the comments section of this post (be sure to indicate WHICH books you’ll be reading!) by Friday, January 27th. The challenge will end March 31, 2012 (at which point we’ll move onto another Reading Challenge!) Everyone who signs up for the challenge & completes it will be entered into a drawing for a $50 HPB gift card.

Have any questions? Enter in the comments or drop me a line here.

Reporting from the store floor,

Jim Swayze

85 thoughts on “HPB Reading Challenge: Lit Classics

  1. 1) Charlotte's Web- E.B. White2) Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte3) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn- Betty Smith4) Romeo and Juliet- Shakespeare

  2. I am in. Going to read the following:1. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne2. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde3. Ender's Game – Orson Scott Card4. A Street Car Named Desire – Tennessee Williams

  3. 1. Wrinkle In Time – Madeline L'Engle2. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle3. Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut4. Sei personaggi in cerca d'autore – Luigi Pirandello

  4. I want in on this action:1. The Giver by Lois Lowry2. Dracula by Bram Stoker 3. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (perhaps a bit unconventional)4. Macbeth by Shakespeare (more conventional, I suppose)

  5. I'm in!1. The Twenty-One Balloons – William Pene du Bois2. Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll3. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons4. A Woman of No Importance – Oscar Wilde

  6. Woot! Sounds like fun! I'll at least narrow most of them down to two. My reading choices are much more influenced by my mood. (And it gives me a challenge to possible read all of them)1. Winnie-the-pooh or Wind in the Willows2. Frankenstein or Jane Eyre3. Rebecca or The Hobbit4. Henry V

  7. Awesome…I've already committed to myself to read a classic a month, so why not help it along with the chance to win that gift card?? :)1. YA: To Kill a Mockingbird (read it in high school, which was way too long ago, so would like to try it again & see if I still like it as much)2. 19th Century: Pride & Prejudice (I'm actually reading this one right now woot!)3. 20th Century: Great Gatsby 4. Play: Waiting for Godot

  8. 1) "The Tales of Earthsea" by Ursula K. LeGuin / "The Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. LewisI haven't quite decided yet. 2) "Middlemarch" by George Eliot.3) "The Lost World" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle4) "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams.

  9. 1. The Twenty-One Balloons – William Pene du Bois2. Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll3. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons4. Woman of No Importance – Oscar WIlde

  10. 1.20,000 Leagues Under the Sea2.Moby Dick3.The Great Gatsby4.Death of a SalesmanTwo I've never read, though I've wanted to. I've never finished Moby Dick though I've started it at least twice. I hated the Great Gatsby, but I'm going to give it another try.

  11. I've decided to take the challenge to 2 additional levels: I must read a book I've never read before, and the book must have been banned at some point. I wanted to limit it further to books purchased at Half-Price Books, but I already had one at home. Here is my list:1. "Catcher In The Rye" by J.D. Salinger2. "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin3. "As I Lay Dying" by William Faulkner4. "Lysistrata" by AristophanesHappy Reading fellow contestants!

  12. Woo! Love reading contests! I will be reading:1. War and Peace2. The Fellowship of the Ring (does this count as a children's classic? If not then add Peter Pan)3. Hamlet4. David Copperfield

  13. great idea! here goes:1. A Wrinkle In Time – (1962) Madeline L'Engle2. Anna Karenina – (1875) L. Tolstoy3. A Separate Peace – (1959) John Knowles4. The Odd Couple – (1965) Neil Simon

  14. 1. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck2. The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde3. On the Road by Jack Kerouac4. Saints and Sinners by Henry Arthur Jones

  15. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper LeeA Tale of Two Cities – Charles DickensThe Great Gatsby – F. Scott FitzgeraldA Raisin in the Sun – Lorraine Hansberry

  16. Entering challenge: A Children's/Young Adult Classic – Stuart Little by E.B. White 19th Century Classic – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 20th Century Classic – Slaughterhouse Five or The Children's War by Kurt Vonnegut,Jr A Classic Play – Medea by Euripedes

  17. Hi! My friend told me about this just today, which is of course the last day you can register. So here's my hurry-up list!1. Fahrenheit 4512. Pride and Prejudice3. Gone with the Wind4. Cat on a Hot Tin RoofGood luck everyone!🙂

  18. Hey great idea! Some of the booksellers here in Omaha are up for the Classics Reading Challenge (we'll come up with our own prizes– we just want to play along!) Here are some of our reading selections:Kids Classics: Wind In the Willows, Little House On the Prairie, The Outsiders, A Little Princess, Alice In Wonderland19th Century Classics: Crime & Punishment, Poe's short stories, A Tale of Two Cities, Hound Of the Baskervilles20th Century Classics: The Jungle, As I Lay Dying, Native Son, A Good Man Is Hard to Find, 1984, Catcher In the RyeClassic Plays: Ibsen's A Doll's House, No Exit (Sartre), A Raisin In the Sun, Waiting For Godot, Death of A Salesman

  19. Oh I am so in! I've finally got some time to read up on all those old classics I never could before. Here's my list!1. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame2. Dracula by Bram Stoker3. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway4. Alls Well that Ends Well, by Shakespeare

  20. A Children's/Young Adult Classic: The Hobbit 19th Century Classic: david Copperfield 20th Century Classic: The Great Gatsby A Classic Play: A doll's house

  21. Pingback: 40 Classic Books You Should Have Read in School | The Half Price Blog

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