2017 Challenges

I'm a firm believer in aiming high when it comes to reading. I may not get through all of these challenges or books but I like to challenge myself. 


1. Fables - Ivan Crylov 
2. Notes from Underground - Fyodor Dostoevsky 
3. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky 
4. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky
5. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy 
6. A Sportsman's Sketches - Ivan Turgenev
7. First Love - Ivan Turgenev
8. King Lear of the Steppes - Ivan Turgenev
9. The Diary of a Superflous Man - Ivan Turgenev
10. A Month in the Country - Ivan Turgenev
11. Lolita - Vladimir Nabakov
12. Selected Short Stories - Anton Chekov
13. Fairy Tales - Alexander Pushkin 
14. A Hero of Our Time - Mikhail Lermontov 
15. Dead Souls - Nikolai Gogol
16. Oblomov - Ivan Goncharov 
17. What is to be Done? - Nikolai Chernyshevsky 


France: Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
Russia: A Sportman's Sketches - Ivan Turgenev
Spain: Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
Denmark: Fairy Tales: Book II - Hans Christian Andersen
Italy: The Divine Comedy - Dante
Great Britain: Mill on the Floss - George Eliot   


Victorian Reading Challenge:  


A book under 200 pages: Rudin by Ivan Turgenev
A book over 400 pages: Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
A book that REALLY intimidates you: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
A book you REALLY want to reread: Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
A new to you book by a FAVOURITE author: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
A book that was originally published serially: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
A book published between 1837-1849: A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov 
A book published between 1850-1860: The Warden by Anthony Trollope
A book published between 1861-1870: Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
A book published between 1871-1880: Three Tales by Gustave Flaubert
A book published between 1881-1890: Ivanov by Anton Chekov
A book published between 1891-1890: Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
A book by Charles Dickens: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
A book by Wilkie Collins: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
A book by Anthony Trollope: Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
A book by George Elliot: Middlemarch by George Elliot
A book by a new-to-you male author: The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola
A book by a new-to-you female author: The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot
A book translated into English: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
A book that has been filmed as a movie, miniseries or television show: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
A play OR a collection of short stories OR a collection of poems: A Sportsman's Sketches by Ivan Turgenev
Book with a name as the title: Silas Marner by George Elliot
Book you've started but never finished: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Deal Me In Challenge:

Hearts: Fairy Tales/Fables
Ace: The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood by Charles Perrault and Little Briar Rose by the Brothers Grimm
 The Little Red Riding-Hood by Charles Perrault
Three: Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm
Four: Cinderella: or, The Little Glass Slipper by Charles Perrault and Cinderella by the Brothers Grimm
Five: Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont
Six: Snow White by the Brothers Grimm and The Tale of the Dead Princess and the Seven Knights by Aleksandr Pushkin
Seven: Aladdin and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves by Unknown
Eight: The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen
Nine: Rumplestiltskin by the Brothers Grimm
Ten: Aesop's Fables by Aesop
Jack: The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen
Queen: The Master Cat; or Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault
King: Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm 

Diamonds: Plays
Ace: The Alchemist by Ben Johnson
Two: Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Three: King Lear by William Shakespeare
Four: Medea By Euripides
Five: The Lysistrata by Aristophanes
Six: Othello by William Shakespeare
Seven: Electra by Sophocles
Eight: The Frogs By Aristophanes
Nine: The Love-Girl and the Innocent by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Ten: Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus
Jack: Bartholomew Fair by Ben Johnson
Queen: A Month in the Country by Ivan Turgenev
King: Fortune's Fool by Ivan Turgenev 

Spades: Short Stories

Ace: The Queen of Spades by Aleksandr Pushkin 
Two: The Cloak by Nikolai Gogol
Three: The District Doctor by Ivan Turgenev
Four: The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy
Five: Hide and Seek by Fyodor Sologub
Six: The Bet by Anton Chekov
Seven: Poems in Prose by Ivan Turgenev
Eight: Lazarus by Leonid Andreyev
Nine: The Diary of a Superfluous Man by Ivan Turgenev
Ten: The Outrage by Aleksandr Kuprin
Jack: One Autumn Night by Maxim Gorky
Queen: Three Portraits by Ivan Turgenev
King: Lieutenant Yergunov's Story by Ivan Turgenev 

Clubs: Poetry

Ace: Hero and Leander by Christopher Marlowe
Two: L'Allegro and Il Penseroso by John Milton
Three: Songs of Innocence by William Blake
Four: Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey by William Wordsworth
Five: Kubla Khan, This Lime-Tree Bower my Prison and Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Six: Adonais by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Seven: Ode; to Psyche, to a Nightingale, on Melancholy, on a Grecian Urn by John Keats
Eight: The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Tennyson
Nine: Hope, Remembrance and the Prisoner, A Fragment by Emily Bronte
Ten: The Waste Land and the Hollow Men by T.S Eliot
Jack: Twelve Songs by W.H Auden
Queen: Ariel and Lady Lazarus by Sylvia Plath
King: Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti 

Back to the Classics Challenge:  


 A 19th Century Classic:
A 20th Century Classic:
A Classic By a Woman Author:
A Classic in Translation:
A Classic Published Before 1800: 
A Romance Classic:
A Gothic or Horror Classic:
A Classic With a Number in the Title:
A Classic About an Animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title:
A Classic Set in a Place You'd Like to Visit:
An Award Winning Classic:
A Russian Classic: 

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