Classics Challenge

Welcome to the official LT Classics Challenge Page FAQ!

What is the challenge? The Challenge is currently on hiatus, but, when active, we read a major literary classic over the course of two weeks. Discussion questions to guide reading are posted on Fridays, and the questions are discussed the following Friday.

Where can I find the book list? Right here! When the Challenge is active, the book list can be found here. In the meantime, we also have a list of our past Challenge book selections so you can see what’s already been discussed in past Challenges.

What do Challenge participants get? Each loyal participant is entered in a drawing for the Penguin Clothbound Classic of LT’s choice. If the response is overwhelming, we might decide to sweeten the deal even further, so participating could pay off for you!

How long does the Challenge last? However long we want :) Generally, it will either be suspended or renewed on a roughly quarterly basis.

How are these books chosen? Kate or Corey chooses them, based mainly on books they haven’t read but feel they should have. Therefore, the list is pretty subjective. If there’s a book that’s not on the list that you feel should be, drop us a line below!

How can I join? Two ways: First, you can simply check the book list for our current read, read it or refresh your memory, and then comment on the discussion post. Alternatively, if you are a fellow book blogger, you may take the discussion questions and write your own response post! Just make sure to link back to LT and comment on our Friday discussion post with a link to yours. And feel free to use the badge below on your blog!

Happy Reading!


8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. silverseason  |  December 30, 2009 at 3:03 am

    Here are some classics to consider — not too long and everyone should read them:

    Lampedusa, The Leopard
    Dickens, Hard Times
    Gsskell, Cranford
    Cather, The Song of the Lark

    • 2. KT  |  December 30, 2009 at 11:13 am

      Oooh, I’ve been thinking about adding Cranford to the list! I read Hard Times a while back, but it probably deserves a reread. I will definitely keep your recommendations in mind for the next round of the Challenge!

  • 3. Eva  |  March 3, 2010 at 6:05 am

    I have a silly question not on the FAQ! (FIrst time blog visitor.) How does one join in the discussion?

    • 4. KT  |  March 3, 2010 at 7:31 am

      Hi, Eva! Welcome to LT :D

      We post a set of discussion questions every Tuesday, and on Thursdays, I post my thoughts about those questions. All you have to do to join is comment on Thursday’s post! Everyone is welcome to join, even if you read that week’s book a while ago or didn’t get it finished in time. This week it’s Trilby by George Du Maurier, and next week is Persuasion by Jane Austen.

    • 5. KT  |  March 3, 2010 at 7:54 am

      Addendum: I noticed that with the other challenges you’ve participated in, you tended to post on your own blog with an overview or discussion or whatever was appropriate. If you want to do that instead, you can just comment on our Thursday discussion posts with a link to your own blog, and then link back to LT in your post somewhere.

      Can you tell I created this challenge without looking at others for models? I never expected other bloggers to participate — I guess I should get more in touch with the community, eh? :P

      • 6. Eva  |  March 3, 2010 at 8:13 am

        I *just* realised that LT was an abbreviation of Literary Transgressions. I was thinking it was for Library Thing, and that this arose on their forums (I’m not a member, but lots of book bloggers I know are). lol! I feel even siller now. :)

        I love Austen, and I adore Persuasion, so a reread before next Thursday sounds just the ticket. So I shall be back, either in the comments or with a link depending on what my posting schedule for next week looks like!

        Honestly, read-a-long’s are pretty new in the community in general (vs. more open challenges), so I think your system works as well as any other!

  • 7. Iris  |  July 6, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I am eagerly anticipating this summer selection. I really need something to get me back into reading classics more frequently.

    • 8. Corey  |  July 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm

      Awesome! We’re working on getting the summer challenge up shortly, so stay tuned!


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