Renaissance My Reading 2021


In an effort to recapture my brain and my soul, I’m challenging myself to read more and to commit to the process with intentional goals, journaling, some reviews, and even giveaways! See the last section on this page where I track my participation in the Back to the Classics Challenge, a year-long challenge sponsored by Books and Chocolate in which participants are encouraged to finally read the classics they’ve always meant to read — or just recently discovered. (Prizes are involved!)  

Check back often for progress updates and links to reviews!


Coming soon!

Currently Reading


Back to the Classics Reading Challenge

There are three levels of completion that will qualify a reader for a prize: completing 6, 9, and 12 books. I reserve the right to change my mind about titles for categories and to switch titles from category to category.

Without further ado, here are the categories for 2021: 

1. A 19th century classic: any book first published from 1800 to 1899

Middlemarch by George Eliot 

2. A 20th century classic: any book first published from 1900 to 1971. All books must have been published at least 50 years ago; the only exceptions are books which were written by 1971 and posthumously published.

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

3. A classic by a woman author.

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

4. A classic in translation, meaning any book first published in a language that is not your primary language. You may read it in translation or in its original language, if you prefer. 

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

5. A classic by BIPOC author; that is, a non-white author.

Beloved by Toni Morrison

6. A classic by a new-to-you author, i.e., an author whose work you have never read.

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

7. New-to-you classic by a favorite author — a new book by an author whose works you have already read. 

Middlemarch by George Eliot 

8. A classic about an animal, or with an animal in the title. The animal can be real or metaphorical. (i.e., To Kill a Mockingbird).

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

9. A children’s classic. 

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

10. A humorous or satirical classic.

A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh

11. A travel or adventure classic (fiction or non-fiction). It can be a travelogue or a classic in which the main character travels or has an adventure. 

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

12. A classic play. Plays will only count in this category.

Cymbeline by William Shakespeare

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