I began the Classics Challenge back in January 2012, when I read Lord of the Flies. As much as I wanted to, I didn’t love this famous allegorical tale about the conflict between “civilisation” and “savagery”. It was all right, I suppose. I was pleased I’d finished it. And it didn’t put me off reading more classics. In February, I spent a cold evening curled up with Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca and it was then that I got excited about all the wonderful classics ahead of me. The endless possibilities, spanning all genres, from children’s classics to classic science fiction. I fell in love with Jane Eyre, Anne Shirley, Matilda, and many more classic characters. And now we’re coming to the end of 2016, to the end of the fifth Classics Challenge. And the last one.
2016 has been a good year for the challenge. Nearly 500 people joined, hundreds of people entered the Vintage Classics giveaway, signed up to receive the monthly newsletter and shared photos of which classic they were reading on Instagram, and I’ve had a lot of fun hosting #ChatClassics on Twitter. But in the past 6 months, I’ve not picked up a classic. And so after a lot of thought, I think now’s the time to say goodbye.
It’s not that I no longer want to read classics, or no longer want to blog, but I’d love to see what else I can tackle next year. 2016 has been a tricky year for all of us and I’ve neglected Pretty Books a little recently – and it’s time to get it back. Sadly, you won’t be rushing to join the 2017 Classics Challenge when January hits, or see any more challenge posts from me, but I’m still immensely proud of what I’ve achieved over the past five years. I’m also incredibly thankful to everyone who’s ever joined in – and would love to see everyone else still pick up a classic a month. (Don’t forget to tweet me with recommendations!).
Maybe we’re just on a break but, for now, I wonder what 2017 will bring?