My 2021 Reading Classic Books Challenge

I don’t know about you, but 2020 was a wee bit of a dumpster fire. There were a few silver linings, though. For example, I made few friends (internet) in the midst of a pandemic, I finished school, and I read a few good books. And, I was asked to bring this challenge back. So, that makes me happy that some of you enjoyed it enough to want to do it again.

You can check out the announcement page HERE. If you don’t have a blog there are a couple of ways you can still join in. (1) Join the Goodreads group and (2) Join the Storygraph group.

So, let’s not talk about how I did with the 2020 challenge. The reality is I’m surprised I got any reading in at all. But I’m determined that this year will be better and I WILL complete this challenge.






Read a classic over 500 pages

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas**


Read a classic by a POC and/or with a POC as the main character

The Street by Ann Petry


Read a classic that is not written by a Global North author

The Mystic Masseur by V. S. Naipaul


Read a classic in translation

One Hundred years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez


Read a classic by a new to you author

Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono


Read a classic Sci/Fi or Fantasy

1984 by George Orwell


Read a classic written before 1800

Gulliver’s Travels. By Jonathan Swift


Read a classic written by an LGBT author and/or with an LGBT main character



Read a classic written by a woman

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


Read a classic written by a Nobel Laureate

The Mystic Masseur by V. S. Naipaul


Read a classic nonfiction

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou


Read a classic that has been banned or censored

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou


3 thoughts on “My 2021 Reading Classic Books Challenge

  1. onthebookpage December 27, 2020 / 7:57 am

    Read To Kill A Mockingbird this year for the first time and man was it great I do hope you enjoy it when you get to it 😀

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  2. Jean @ Howling Frog December 26, 2020 / 6:37 pm

    I’m glad to see you hanging in there! I was wondering how you were doing, with this horrible year. Here’s hoping for better days ahead, and lots of good books.

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    • The Broken Spine December 27, 2020 / 1:16 pm

      Thanks, Jean! 2020 has been really hard on us all. Here’s to 2021. Hoping it will be better. Now that I’m finished with school, I can work on a couple of reading passion projects.

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