Our home education journey
I'm taking on a lot this year... heres a peak at the challenges I'm going to try and participate in.
Classic Reading Challenge
This challenge is from
I'm not yet registered but plan to, I really wanted to read more classics so this was fun choosing books to fit each category. This is my preliminary list although it may change as I go through the year...
1. 19th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1800 and 1899.
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte 1847
2. 20th Century Classic.
The Hound of the Baskervilles - Sir Arthur Conan Soyle 1902
3. Classic by a Woman Author.
Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie 1934
4. Classic in Translation.
The Odyssey - homer
5. Classic Comic Novel. - This was a tricky category, I hope this selection works
Adventure of Huckleberry Finn - mark twain 1884
6. Classic Tragic Novel.
The Picture of Dorian Grey - Oscar Wilde 1890
7. Very Long Classic.
Moby Dick - Herman Melville 1851 *585 pages
8. Classic Novella.
Animal Farm - George Orwell 1945 *112 Pages
9. Classic From the Americas (includes the Caribbean).
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee 1960 - just squeezing in the requirements
10. Classic From Africa, Asia, or Oceania (includes Australia).
Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse 1922
11. Classic From a Place You've Lived.
Dracula - Bram Stoker 1897 - 'Whitby'
12. Classic Play.
Hamlet - William Shakespeare
I wanted to fit in Les Miserables - Victor Hugo 1862 *1400 - but with that page count my be a step too far this year.... I really hope to read all 12 of these during the year.
Read the world challenge
I'm continuing with my read the world challenge and want to read as many countries as I can. I've listed my choice for the next 12 countries on my reading list. I've altered my challenge slightly, I'm not restricting it to only children's books (I felt I was skipping too many countries) but I'm still prioritising them whenever possible.
1 Albania - Chronicle in Stone
2 Algeria - The Stranger - Albert Camus
3 Andorra - The Land of Right Up and Down - Eva-Lis Wuorio
4 Angola - Brazzaville Beach - William Boyd
5 Azerbaijan - Ali and Nino - kurban Said
6 The Bahamas - Thunderball - Ian Flemming
7 Bahrain - Yummah - Sarah A Al Shafei
8 Bangladesh - A Golden Age - Tahmima Anam
9 Barbados - Sea of Teas - Floella Benjamin
10 Belarus - Down Among the Fishes - Natalka Babina
11 Belgium - Belgravia - Julian Fellowes
12 Belize - War Star Rising: Legend of Toucan Moon - zoodoc
100 Books Bucket List
I receive a book bucket list poster from a friend for christmas and was really disappointed with my achievements on it... so here is a list of those I most want to read (or re-read... I only used books read in the last 5 years) to tick off that list... yes this is the year that I'm finally going to get through Lord of the Rings, one of my stumbling books for year. No idea how many of these I'll get through this year, so to match above I made a list of 12 books.
1 The Lord of the Rings (trilogy) - JRR Tolkien
2 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - John le Care - re-read
3 The Help - Katheryn Stockett
4 Goodnight Mr Tom - Michelle Magician - re-read
5 The Boy in Striped Pyjamas - John Boyne
6 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
7 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden - started this years ago and never finished :(
8 The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
9 Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Eyes
10 A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
11 The War of the Worlds - HG Wells
12 A Game of Thrones - George RR Martin - being on my to-read list for too long, but I doubt I'll get this far.
Whats on the SHelf Challenge
I have FAR too many unread books on my shelves, so each month I'm using random.org to select a shelf by random and pick whichever book grabs my attention on that shelf to read... I need to read at least one unread book on my shelf a month.
I'm also challenging myself to read at least one book that I'm considering for Lizzie's curriculum each month, I still have gaps to fill in the upcoming years or books that I want to pre-read or compare before making a final selection, so each month one of these will be added to my reading stack.
I will show you my stack selections each month and hope that you will follow along with me. I'd love to know which reading challenges you're taking on this year or your personal goals for the reading year ahead.