The Summer/Autumn 2011 LT Classics Challenge

July 12, 2011 at 12:00 am 13 comments

Welcome, old and new Challengers, to the Summer/Autumn 2011 cycle of the Literary Transgressions Classics Challenge!

For those of you unfamiliar with the Challenge, here’s how it works: We read one classic piece of literature every two weeks and join together to discuss the book at the end of the two weeks (Fridays will once again be Classics Challenge Day for this cycle). Discussion questions to get the mental wheels turning will be posted on Friday of the first week we spend with each book, but discussion is pretty open and all are welcome to bring up just about anything related to the book.

But, as with our previous cycle, this Challenge has a bit of a theme: classics written by women and, more specifically, Margaret Atwood. For this cycle, we’ve divided forces for maximum coverage: Kate will be leading the discussion for three of Atwood’s books while Corey will take on three non-Atwood classics united by their shared love of a strong female protagonist. We’ll alternate weeks and books, so Challengers are free to engage with both parts of the Challenge or to stick with one strand or the other, as you like.

So which ones did we choose? Read on for the full list and schedule!

July 22 & August 5 – The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

July 29 & August 12 – Belinda by Maria Edgeworth

August 19 & September 2 – The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood

August 26 & September 9 – Indiana by George Sand

September 16 & 30 – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

September 23 & October 7 – I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

As always, all Classics Challengers are encouraged to participate here on LT or over at their own blog (and remember to use the LT Classics Challenge Badge shown below if you plan on doing so!). All participants will be entered in a drawing to win a loverly Penguin Clothbound Classic (shown above) or a limited edition World Book Night 2011 book, so it definitely benefits you to jot down some of your thoughts! The winner will be announced at the end of this cycle of the Challenge in October.

So happy reading, Challengers! It should be a fun girl-power-filled summer and we’ll see you back here next week for the beginning of the Atwood-a-palooza!

–Corey and Kate


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  • 1. Eva  |  July 12, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Oh yay! I’ve already read half of your list and loved them all, which bodes well for the other half. And I love me some Atwood, so I’m in! (I was awful at the last cycle, but now I’m blogging regularly again.) I know I own a copy of The Edible Woman, but I can’t seem to find it. Good thing my library’s awesome! ;)

    • 2. Corey  |  July 13, 2011 at 7:09 am

      Excellent on all fronts! Incidentally, I’m a phantom ‘Striped Armchair’ reader (terrible at commenting), and it’s so great that you are blogging again. :)

  • 3. Iris  |  July 12, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Yay! I own The Edible Woman and I Capture the Castle and I have read Belinda, but haven’t blogged about it yet, so that is perfect too! Now looking for the other titles on the list.

    • 4. Corey  |  July 13, 2011 at 7:10 am

      Hurray! ‘I Capture the Castle’ is actually the one I’m having a little difficulty finding in libraries, so you’re smart to own a copy.

  • 5. Britney  |  July 12, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I’ve read the last two books on the list (I totally read I Capture the Castle when it was reissued with the JK Rowling endorsement on the cover). Since I want to read more Atwood this is a pretty good excuse to do so – as long as I can tear myself away from George R.R. Martin long enough to participate.

    • 6. Corey  |  July 13, 2011 at 7:12 am

      It’s JK Rowling approved?! Oh man. I’m even more pumped to read it now.

      And you’ve been sucked into the George R.R. Martin vortex? I hope you can free yourself (or read them all to get it out of the way!) in time to read along with us on some of these.

  • 7. Em  |  July 12, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Yay fo Atwood!!!

    • 8. Corey  |  July 13, 2011 at 7:13 am

      I thought you might, just maybe, be into this cycle! :D

  • 9. anothercookiecrumbles  |  July 13, 2011 at 6:42 am

    That’s a lot of Atwoods! Have fun reading. I absolutely adored I Capture The Castle, so hopefully you will as well.

    • 10. Corey  |  July 13, 2011 at 7:14 am

      Indeed, it’s Atwoodapalooza over here, but we also purposefully interspersed it with non-Atwood in case anyone’s not feeling the love. And I’ve heard such good things about ‘I Capture the Castle’ from all quarters. Excited!

  • […] ho, Challengers and welcome to the non-Atwood branch of our current Classic Challenge cycle. We’ll be looking at Maria Edgeworth’s 1800 novel Belinda to start. Here are some […]

  • […] Challengers! As we continue along our merry, non-Atwood way here, let’s take a look at George Sand’s first novel, Indiana. Below are some starter […]

  • […] any event, up next in the non-Atwood branch of the Challenge is Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle. I’ve heard some great things about it and am […]


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