January Reading Challenge: Read A Classic You Never Read

2016 Reading Challenge

A Classic Stands the Test of Time.

We’re starting off our year of reading with the best: The Classics! This month we’ll be picking a classic book that we never read. After several discussions with friends, it seems most of us have a book that we’ve always meant to read but never got to it. And, the great thing about classics is that there are so many genres to choose from – historical, sci-fi, romance, etc. For our purposes, I’m using the term “classic” rather loosely. Need some ideas? These links will start you on the right path.

A great list overall

Fitted for women

Geared for men

It’s tragic how many classics I missed through out my education. I’ve been working hard to remedy the issue. In recent years, I’ve read and enjoyed Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.


The Classic Lit section at my local bookstore.

This month I’ll be reading: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I’ll admit, I’m a little scared of this book, but the timing must be right because it keeps popping up in my readings. When that happens, I take note. Also, I hate not understanding the references. I’m glad January is a long month! Wish me luck!

Please comment with the book you’ll be reading – for accountability and for the exchange of information and ideas. Plus, it’ll be fun to get to know each other over the course of this challenge.

We’ll check back at the end of the month to comment on the books we read.

Happy Reading!



21 thoughts on “January Reading Challenge: Read A Classic You Never Read

  1. I gave this a lot of thought. I drove my one of my favorite remaining independent bookstores to look for a copy but they didn’t have it, so I just placed an order with Amazon. “Cannery Row” by Joseph Steinbeck will be my January read. Let’s see if I can keep up.

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  2. I am reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin. I will admit I enjoy the movie but have never read the book. I started it on my Kobo yesterday but am getting a paper copy tomorrow from a friend at my church. I’m not a huge fan of e-readers, haha. I’m only in chapter 6. So we shall see if I can finish it 🙂 Happy reading all!!

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  3. Ok Ginger, I am accepting the 2016 Challenge. I will be reading Wurthering Heights by Bronte’ for my classic. Funny story, like you, I am a bit intimidated (actually A LOT intimidated), but this title has kept creeping up over the past 3-6 months. Even to the point that the picture you posted on the blog has it right in the middle of the page…so yep, placing my order and accepting the challenge!

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  4. I like this challenge. I feel that I need to branch out more with my reading but I don’t want to overcommit to any challenges this year because I have several big projects coming up soon.

    I plan to read The Grapes of Wrath, but I’m still (next) on the waiting list at the library. If it doesn’t become available by the end of the week, than I will likely read A Study in Scarlet instead. I rember struggling to understand The Hound of Baskerville as a young teen but never read any other Sherlock Holmes books.

    PS I love Jane Eyre. It is my favorite classic and I’ve reread it 4-5 times. The beginning part can be a bit slow, but it is worth it. There are two parts in the book that make me cry every time.


    • Both seem like worthy picks! Thanks for the encouragement with Jane Eyre and the warning to have tissues nearby. I am a crier. Thanks for joining in and looking forward to your comments later this month!


  5. I’m reading Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I have always loved a Tale of Two Cities but for some reason never ventured beyond that. Jane Eyre is wonderful, by the way. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

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  7. First of all, I’d like to introduce myself. I am Priscilla and I am actually a librarian at a high school in upstate NY. I read and listen to a lot of books.

    I really like the challenge, because it will help me branch away from reading the latest YA distopian novel, which I actually enjoy reading…but I need a break. Someone shared your challenge on FB and tagged me…so here I am.

    You would think that a high school librarian would have read all the classics by now, and you would be wrong. I am struggling to catch up on the latest and greatest YA books because only two years ago, I was a librarian in an elementary school. (I still love children’s literature and miss it)

    I am reading Farenheit 451. I’ve always been curious about it and many of the students here are assigned the book to read in English class. I should have a clue about the books they are reading and discussing in class. Oddly enough, now that I started reading it I realize that it is a bit distopian…just 1950’s distopian. The irony!


    • Welcome to the reading challenge and to the blog! That’s a great pick! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. I also love Children’s Literature! Thanks for joining us!


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