Monday, January 23, 2023

Back To the Classics Challenge 2022: The Winner!



 Congratulations to Joseph at The Once Lost Wanderer

Joseph won a $30 gift card so he can get even more books to read in 2022! Many thanks and congratulations to everyone who participated in this challenge -- 69 people signed up, and 24 people completed the challenge. And a special mention of Flicker who completed her entire list with Japanese books in translation; and also to Major Yammerton who completed the challenge and did a second round! 

We're all winners because we got to share the joy of books and each one of us crossed some classic books off our to-read lists!. I hope everyone enjoyed all the new books and authors they discovered. 

As some of you may have guessed, I'm taking a break from blogging right now and so I'm going to take this year off from reading challenges, including my own. Lately I've felt like challenges and goals are too much pressure and are taking some of the fun out of my reading, so it's time to take a break and just read for pleasure. Hopefully this will inspire me, and by the end of the year I can plan for another Back to the Classics Challenge in 2024. 

Thanks again to everyone for participating and I hope you find plenty of joy in your reading in 2023. Happy reading everyone!

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting this inspirational reading challenge. I didn't participate in 2022, but I enjoyed the years I did. Take advantage of your rest period; I am sure it will be rejuvenated again.

    Congratulations, Joseph!!

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  2. Thanks for hosting this challenge. I love it. I'm sorry to hear that there won't be in 2023 but I understand that sometimes it's time for a break. I hope you'll be back in 2024! <3

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  3. Thanks again for hosting and hope you enjoy your break (and that it is just a break)!

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  4. Thanks so much Karen for hosting the Classics Challenge these past few years and I hope you enjoy your break in 2023. I have all these wonderful classics I read in the past five years: Frankenstein, Their Eyes Were Watching God, New Grub Street, The Decameron etc etc and I would never have read them without the Classics Challenge giving me the prompts and the push I needed.

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  5. This reading challenge over the years has been so fun, and it's encouraged me to read so many more classics that I otherwise would have...so THANK YOU! I hope you enjoy your blogging break and that you find many wonderful books to read this upcoming year. :D

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  6. Congrats, Joseph! I've enjoyed reading your reviews. And Karen, thank you so much for hosting the Challenge. I think a break is a great idea, but I selfishly hope it will only be one year. I've participated in the Challenge officially for three years (and unofficially for one year before that) and during that time I've read the most amazing books, almost none of which I would have read if I hadn't done the Challenge. This year I'm going to focus on reading books off my shelves, which should be interesting too, but nothing like the last few years. Thanks again!

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  7. Karen, thank you for hosting this reading challenge. I know, sometimes it can be a burden, while at other times we might enjoy it. For now, enjoy your much deserved break, and have fun!
    And congratulations, Joseph!

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  8. Congrats to Joseph! I'm sad that the year I'm finally reading again you're taking a break BUT it is most understandable. Take your time, and I hope to see you again for another challenge some year <3

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  9. Karen,
    Wishing you a beautiful 2023! Enjoy it.

    Congratulations to Joseph!

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  10. Thank you Karen for hosting the challenge over the years. *bows* and thanks everyone for playing along and for the congrats.

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