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.
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.
FiveThe Sporting Spirit by George Orwell.
Two: Boys' Weeklies by George Orwell.


Plays

AceTrojan Women by Seneca.
King: Octavia by Seneca.
Queen: Oedipus by Seneca.
NineThe Father by August Strindberg.
EightMiss Julia by August Strindberg.
SevenEaster by August Strindberg.
SixLa Sainte Courtisane by Oscar Wilde.
FiveA Florentine Tragedy by Oscar Wilde.
FourThe Duchess of Padua by Oscar Wilde.
ThreeVera by Oscar Wilde.

Short Stories

AceThe Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen.



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



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 Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope.
  3. A book you REALLY want to rereadThe Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
  4. A new-to-you book by a FAVOURITE authorClaude's Confession by Émile Zola.
  5. A book with illustrations: The Rose and the Ring by William Makepeace Thackeray.
  6. A book published between 1861-1870A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen.
  7. A book published between 1871-1880Ninety-Three by Victor Hugo.
  8. A book published between 1881-1890Heidi by Johanna Spyri.
  9. A book published between 1891-1901The Seagull by Anton Chekhov.
  10. A book by Wilkie CollinsNo Name.
  11. A book by Anthony TrollopeSir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite.
  12. A book by Elizabeth GaskellRuth.
  13. A book by George EliotFelix Holt.
  14. A book by a new-to-you male authorEffi Briest by Theodor Fontane.
  15. A book by a new-to-you female author The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte Mary Yonge.
  16. A book translated into EnglishOn the Eve by Ivan Turgenev.
  17. A book that has been filmed as movie, miniseries, or television show: Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy.
  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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