I’m a little late with this post. Sorry about that guys. I’ve been swamped with university and I submitted my last essay before Christmas on Monday and then come Wednesday I was hit with such a rotten cold. So I’m currently dealing with that! However, I have many more posts planned for this Christmas period and actually cannot wait to share them with you all.
So with out further ado today’s post is all about the Christmas #Classicsathon which is being hosted by Lucy over on her Booktube channel. The Christmas #Classicsathon will be hosted throughout December (1st-31st) and the aim is to read Classic books. There are some challenges that you can participate in if you wish to do so. This readathon is perfect for me as normally in December I try to reread three particular classics that all had strong connections to Christmas and are some of my most favourite Christmas stories to read.
The Challenges are:
- Read at least one classic during the month (free choice) – This challenge is a free choice so you can read any classic you want but I have decided to stick with the theme of Christmas throughout the whole of these challenges. The book I have chosen for this challenge is the Everyman’s Pocket Classic Christmas Stories. This collection of stories features 20 different classic authors. Some of the authors in this collection I have read before and others I haven’t. So I’m really excited to get to this one not only because it is a new addition to my bookshelves but also because I’m hoping to discover some new favourite authors.
- Read a book that features or reminds you of Christmas – For me, this challenge was an easy one as I mentioned about there are three Christmas Classics I like to try and reread every year and this challenge will feature my first reread. The book I have chosen for this challenge is one of my all time favourite books and that is The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
- Read a Children’s Classic – For this challenge, I have chosen to go with another favourite Christmas story and reread for me and that would be The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen.
- Read a book that has been translated into you native language – Last but certainly not least the book that I have chosen for this challenge is not only another favourite Christmas story and reread but a story that I have loved and been obsessed with since I was a little girl and that would be The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman.
These are the four books that I plan to read for the Christmas #Classicsathon. I literally cannot wait to read them all. However, If you would like to take part in the Christmas #Classicsathon don’t feel that you have to choose all Christmas related classic books because you don’t have too, you can literally pick any classics you want for each of these challenges.
The last thing I would like to do is just recommend some Classics that I have read and loved and would definitely recommend for this readathon. If you are a bit stuck on which classics to choose then these recommendation maybe helpful for you. (Side-note: these recommendations are in no particular order).
- The Last Day of a Condemned Man by Victor Hugo
- Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
- The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
- The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Are you guys taking part in Christmas #Classicsathon? If so, which books have you chosen for the challenges above? Or have you read any of the above books? If so what did you think of them? Or do you have any classic recommendations yourself? If so, please do leave a comment down below letting me know.
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