2017 Challenges


  1. A 19th Century ClassicNo Name by Wilkie Collins.
  2. A 20th Century ClassicFinnegans Wake by James Joyce.
  3. A classic by a woman authorThe Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge.
  4. A classic in translationThe Cowards by Josef Škvorecký.
  5. A classic published before 1800Histories by Herodotus.
  6. An romance classicTristan by Gottfried von Strassburg.
  7. A Gothic or horror classic: Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola.
  8. A classic with a number in the titleThe Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare.
  9. A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the titleThe Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen.
  10. A classic set in a place you'd like to visitUtopia by Thomas More.
  11. An award-winning classic: Old Cantankerous by Menander.
  12. A Russian ClassicOn the Eve by Ivan Turgenev.

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Essays I


Essays II

Ace: Why I Write by George Orwell.
QueenGood Bad Books by George Orwell.
JackThe Prevention of Literature by George Orwell.
TenPolitics and the English Language by George Orwell.
NineBooks vs. Cigarettes by George Orwell.
EightNotes on Nationalism by George Orwell.
SixThe Irish Beneficed Clergyman by Anthony Trollope.
FiveThe Prevention of Literature by George Orwell.
FourThe Curate in a Populus Parish by Anthony Trollope.
TwoThe Archdeacon by Anthony Trollope.


Short Stories I

Ace: Rumpel-Stilts-kin by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm.
King: The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen.
Queen: The Story of the Three Bears by Robert Southey.
JackThe King of the Golden River by John Ruskin.
TenThe Rose and the Ring by William Makepeace Thackeray.
Nine: Melisande by E. Nesbit.
Eight: The Little Lame Prince and his Travelling Cloak by Dinah Mulock Craik.
Seven: The Wanderings of Arasmon by Mary de Morgan.
SixThe Story of the Herons by Laurence Housman.
Five: The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde.
Four: Prince Prigio by Andrew Lang.
ThreeThe Queen Who Flew by Ford Madox Ford.

Short Stories II

Ace: Fasting by Émile Zola.
KingCaptain Burle by Émile Zola.
QueenA Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert.
TenHérodias by Gustave Flaubert.
EightFor a Night of Love by Émile Zola.
SevenA Flash in the Pan by Émile Zola.
SixThe Legend of Saint Julian the Hospitalier by Gustave Flaubert.
FiveAbsence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder by Émile Zola.
FourNantas by Émile Zola.
TwoThe Haunted House by Émile Zola.



  1. The Age of Bede.
  2. The Brontës by Juliet Barker.
  3. No Name by Wilkie Collins.
  4. The Old Bachelor by William Congreve.
  5. The Double Dealer by William Congreve.
  6. Love for Love by William Congreve.
  7. The Way of the World by William Congreve.
  8. Felix Holt by George Eliot.
  9. Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane.
  10. To Let by John Galsworthy.
  11. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell.
  12. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran.
  13. The Histories by Herodotus.
  14. The Diary of a Farmer's Wife 1796 - 1797 by Anne Hughes.
  15. Ninety-Three by Victor Hugo.
  16. The Pillars of Society by Henrik Ibsen.
  17. The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen.
  18. The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd.
  19. Tamburlaine the Great Part I by Christopher Marlowe.
  20. Tamburlaine the Great Part II by Christopher Marlowe.
  21. The Jew of Malta by Christopher Marlowe.
  22. The Massacre of Paris by Christopher Marlowe.
  23. Old Cantankerous by Menander.
  24. Other Fragments of Menander.
  25. The Revenger's Tragedy by Thomas Middleton.
  26. Utopia by Thomas More.
  27. Meno by Plato.
  28. Protagoras by Plato.
  29. The Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare.
  30. The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon.
  31. The Cowards by Josef Škvorecký.
  32. Ichneutai and Other Fragments by Sophocles.
  33. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck.
  34. Tristan by Gottfried von Strassburg.
  35. The Atheist's Tragedy by Cyril Tourneur.
  36. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope.
  37. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope.
  38. The Natural History of Selborne by Gilbert White.
  39. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge.
  40. Claude's Confession by Émile Zola

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XI –       January 2017 (chapters 30–32)
XII –      February 2017 (chapters 33–34)
XIII –     March 2017 (chapters 35–37)
XIV –     April 2017 (chapters 38–40)
XV –      June 2017 (chapters 41–43)
XVI –     July 2017 (chapters 44–46)
XVII –   August 2017 (chapters 47–49)
XVIII –  September 2017 (chapters 50–52)
XIX –     October 2017 (chapters 53–55)
XX -       November 2017 (chapters 56–57)


  1. A book under 200 pagesPleasures and Days by Marcel Proust.
  2. A book over 400 pagesThe Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
  3. A new-to-you book by a FAVOURITE authorClaude's Confession by Émile Zola.
  4. A book with illustrations: The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope.
  5. A book published between 1837-1849The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal.
  6. A book published between 1850-1860The Cranford Chronicles by Elizabeth Gaskell.
  7. A book published between 1861-1870A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen.
  8. A book published between 1871-1880Ninety-Three by Victor Hugo.
  9. A book published between 1881-1890An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope.
  10. A book published between 1891-1901The Seagull by Anton Chekhov.
  11. A book by Wilkie CollinsNo Name.
  12. A book by Anthony TrollopeSir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite.
  13. A book by Elizabeth GaskellRuth.
  14. A book by George EliotFelix Holt.
  15. A book by a new-to-you male authorEffi Briest by Theodor Fontane.
  16. A book by a new-to-you female author The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte Mary Yonge.
  17. A book translated into EnglishOn the Eve by Ivan Turgenev.
  18. A play OR a collection of short stories OR a collection of poemsThe Pillars of the Community by Henrik Ibsen.
  19. Book with a name as the title:  Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola.
  20. A children's bookThe Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley.

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