Introducing the 2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge The Quarterly ClassicLast year’s Reading Challenge was completely focused on clearing out some of the books that had been lingering unread on my bookshelves for ages and ages. This year, I’m including that concept as one of my reading goals, but I’ve set a different challenge for myself.

While I love the idea of a bigger classics challenge like Jessica did last year, realistically that seemed more ambitious than is wise. Instead, Amy of the Crunchy Librarian and I are doing a quarterly reading challenge.

January – March: Pride and PrejudicePride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
April – June: A Tale of Two CitiesA Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
July – September: Wuthering HeightsWuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
October – December: A Prayer for Owen MeanyA Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel by John Irving

Tentative plans are to post about the books mid/late in the last month of the quarter. So look for a post about Pride and Prejudice somewhere towards the end of March – I’ll be sure and share exactly when that post will be published in advance via The Deliberate Reader’s Facebook page, and Twitter. I’m also considering sharing on social media when I start the books, and what I’m thinking of them as I’m reading (kind of a real-time review, or what I’d tell you if I bumped into you in person and you asked about what I was currently reading.)

If you’d like to join us as we read and blog about these books, we’d love to have you come along and share your thoughts.

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  1. Wuthering Heights is incredible. Haunting, destructive, and immense. I’ll be waiting for your post on this one.

    • I think that’s the most enthusiastic description I’ve ever heard for WH. Now I’m even more excited to read it!

  2. You picked some great books! I have read all of them except for A Tale of Two Cities. I just watched the Jane Austen Book Club, and I am thinking about reading all of the Jane Austen books this year. I think I need to make a schedule. I want to read more books than there are hours in the day. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • That last sentence? Yes. I’ve seen so many fun reading challenge and book ideas for 2014 and I want to join up with all of them. Plus read everything on my TBR list. Plus read everything else that sounds good that I’ll discover this year. I could clone myself and it still wouldn’t be possible.

      • There are so many annual reading challenges that I want to do! I am trying to narrow it down, because I know I won’t be able to keep track of everything. I am with you. I want to read all the books and do all the challenges! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • I’d be interested in hearing which ones you decide to do. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • I think I made my decisions. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am going to do a tbr readathon, a review readathon, an audio book readathon, a series readathon, a jane austen readathon, read 100 books for goodreads, and a buddy readathon. Now I just need to get reading!

          • Sounds like it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. What a great challenge!
    Pride and Prejudice! I probably won’t be able to stop myself from commenting on that one, even if I don’t read it together with you this time. (Having read it multiple times before, I can talk about it – and the other Austen novels – for longer than what anyone but another Austen fan can tolerate.) ๐Ÿ™‚
    A Tale of Two Cities sits on our bookshelf but I have not read it yet. I might join you for that one.
    Wuthering Heights and A Prayer for Own Meany: I’ve read them both some 20 years ago. Not sure if I want to re-read them this year, but I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on them.
    Have a great New Year and God bless you in 2014!

    • I look forward to your thoughts about P&P! I’m very curious how my reading experience will be for that one. Though I’ve never read it, I think I’m very familiar with the plot just from being around so many others who have read it and talked about it or referenced it.

      And I hope you do join us for the Dickens book, especially since it’s already on your bookshelf. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I understand about not being sure if you want to reread the other two – it’s often hard for me to want to reread something when there are so many new books I want to use my reading time for.

  4. Sounds like a great idea! I’ve read the first 2, but I’ll probably re-read them anyway, just for fun. Have never heard of the last one though… sounds interesting.

    • #4 is a modern classic, only published in 1989. We thought that might be a good balance to the older classics on the list.

      I’d love to have you join in and share your thoughts, whether or not you reread the first two. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I too need to read all the books I have collected over the years and failed to read (I have 40+, don’t judge!) and Pride and Prejudice is on my list as well.

    • I’m certainly not in any place to comment about having lots of books on my bookshelves and unread. I just read 24 of them last year for a challenge, and could easily have repeated that challenge this year and probably next before running out of material. ๐Ÿ™‚

      But I hope you will join us to read P&P this quarter!


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