Goodbye, Classics Challenge

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.


Behold the Pretty Books! / February & March Book Haul (Part 1)
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?


Behold the Pretty Books! / February & March Book Haul (Part 2)


13 thoughts on “Goodbye, Classics Challenge

  1. I stopped doing challenges a couple of years ago, because I loved having the freedom to pick up a book on a whim instead of focusing on specific books to read. I try to give myself my own challenge every month, but it’s fun to not know what a year’s reading is going to look like. I look forward to seeing what 2017 brings both of us! Thanks for hosting such a great challenge for so long.

  2. Books 'n' Reviews Oh My

    Those vintage classic editions are absolutely beautiful! I find it really awesome at how long you kept up with this challenge. I’m usually really bad at sticking too and completing book challenges, cos I end up getting bored very easily. But I hope you encounter a lot of good reads in 2017 🙂

  3. I don’t mind challenge, keeps me motivated to read. But I understand your point though.

  4. You’re the first book blog I ever followed, even before I had my own blog. Cheers for sticking around and trying new stuff!

  5. While I’m sad to see it leave, I’m glad you made the best decision for you! Reading classics, blogging, and discovering new things in your reading life should never feel like a chore. It should be a fun adventure and I’m glad this lasted 5 years! I wonder what 2017 will have in store for all of us!

  6. I’m sad it’s not continuing, but I totally agree – 2017 is a whole new year of possibilities, and getting rid of the old is the best way to discover the new.
    I just want to say thanks though, 2016 has been the first time I’ve participated in the Classics Challenge, and I’ve discovered so many wonderful books, and read things I procrastinated reading for years because of it. So yeah… thanks!

  7. Sad I only found out about the challenge now, but then again, I’ve always struggled with classics. Until, like you, I read Rebecca earlier in the year. Funny how we share a similar story! Do you have any classic recommendations for someone who’s still a little overwhelmed by them, but wants to branch out?

    Happy reading for 2017 and enjoy blogging with no obligations. Yay!

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