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Sunday, December 23, 2012

2013 Classic Double Challenge

Hi, everyone! Time for a 2013 Reading Challenge!!

This challenge is being hosted by Melissa at One Librarian's Book Reviews.

Here are the details copied from Melissa's blog:
2013 Classic Double Challenge

I'm so excited to bring back the Classic Double Challenge for another year!  I love the idea of new retellings bringing love to those old classics.

By "classics" you know I'm being very loose in my definition, as this challenge lets you read fairy tales, mythologies, classics, any kind of original story to compare with the retelling. Also "retelling" is pretty loose too - the original and the newer book have to relate in some way that you can define; it doesn't have to be a straight-forward retelling.  Hopefully these definitions allow you the wiggle room needed to find something to fit your fancy.

Here are a few examples:
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.  
The first is kind of a "classic" and in the second, the main character loves A Wrinkle in Time and it plays a part in the plot, but this is not a retelling. 
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 

The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series by Kenneth Oppel.
The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein is a prequel series to Frankenstein. 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Jane by April Lindner.
Jane is a retelling of Jane Eyre, set in a modern day.

So, you can see there are lots of options for you.  If you need some inspiration for retellings, I've compiled a rather extensive list of retellings.  I have another list for fairy tale retellings.  Also, during the Retell Me a Story celebration next month I will be highlighting some newer retellings that have been released or are coming out soon. 

And, of course, there are levels of participation, so you can choose how much or how little you'd like to commit to:

Small: You read 2 related books.

Medium: You read 4 books (2 sets of related books).

Large: You read 6 books (3 sets of related books).

Super Size: You read 8 books (4 sets of related books).

Once you decide on your level of participation, post your pledge on your blog/tumblr/goodreads/in the comments and maybe give us some possibilities of what you want to read (obviously, these aren't set in stone).  When you complete a pair, feel free to write reviews/reactions/comparisons/whathaveyou about the books and I'll have a monthly link up here to share our progress.
If you would like to join me in the challenge, click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post.

I am aiming for MEDIUM (read 4 books - 2 doubles).

 I will keep track of my progress below and link up my reviews (I am making a list of the ones that I am interested in that I might choose for the challenge):
  1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles, Book #2)
  2. Beastly by Alex Flinn (Kendra Chronicles, Book #1) 
  3. Splintered by A.G. Howard (Splintered, Book #1)     
  4. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  5. Alice in Zombieland
  6. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie 
  7. Ten by Gretchen McNeil
  8. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  9. The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series by Kenneth Oppel 
  10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  11. Ironskin by Tina Connolly
  12. The Masque of The Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe
  13. Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin    
  14. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  15. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead 
  16. Beauty and the Beast
  17. Hansel and Gretel
  18. Sweetly by Jackson Pearce     
  19. Little Red Riding Hood
  20. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce 


  1. I'm so excited you decided to join up! Looking forward to seeing what pairs you decide on.


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