Dusting off the Shelf Read-A-Thon Challenges, TBR & Progress

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Since I got back from my vacation, I realized just how quickly August is approaching. That also means for me, my Dusting off the Shelf Read-A-Thon will be in full swing in just about 5 days! Ah! As you can probably tell from this post title, I’m announcing (a little later than I was planning to) the challenges that some of you lovely people helped me come up with in the Goodreads Group¬†that I’ve created for the Read-A-Thon. Feel free to join it, I’ll be adding discussions for the challenges, etc. in the near future! I’ll also be including my TBR that I hope to read during those two weeks, and I plan to make this my “master post” of sorts for my daily progress. Those of you that have joined: feel free to do something similar to track your progress and see how you do on challenges! If you don’t feel like it, it doesn’t make a difference to me, though! I want this to be a really laid back and fun read-a-thon! ūüėČ

Those of you that have no idea what I’m talking about: here is my post¬†in which I announced the Read-A-Thon, give the rules, sign-up info, etc.


With a little help from my blog friends I’ve got a few challenges that you can participate in if you want to! A little incentive to pick up something that’s been sitting around that you haven’t thought about lately.

  • Read a book set in the past.
  • Read a classic.
  • Read a book written before 2010.
  • Read¬†at least 100 pages a day.
  • And of course…the books must be neglected by you! One that’s been sitting unread for quite a while!


  • Read a book set in the past: The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • Read a classic: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen // The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (School summer reading book, but if I can make it count, I’ll do it!)
  • Read a book written before 2010:¬†The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • Others:
    • Fear by Michael Grant
    • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
    • Pandemonium¬†&¬†Requiem by Lauren Oliver


Check back to this post to keep track of my progress throughout the Read-A-Thon! Link me to your progress posts in the comments so I can see how you’re doing, too!

On Twitter use the hashtag #DustingofftheShelf so we can all chat and keep each other motivated!

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Top Ten Classics I Want to Read

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

Top Ten Classics I Want to Read

I’m not a huge reader of the classics, but I would like to read more of them. The few that I’ve read, I’ve really enjoyed, so I can’t wait to read more! Here are my picks in no particular order…

  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald –¬†I’ve been meaning to read this one FOREVER, and even more after the movie came out (I didn’t see it because I wanted to read the book first).
  2. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – Some of my friends read this for English class this year and enjoyed it so I want to see what it’s all about.
  3. Pride and¬†Prejudice by Jane Austen –¬†I have not read ONE Jane Austen book. *blushes* I really need to. I decided I want to start with this one and work my way through her books. I’ve heard their lighter classics, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to read them a little quicker than the norm.
  4. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen –¬†*blushes even more*
  5. Emma by Jane Austen
  6. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  7. The Ladies’ Paradise by √Čmile Zola –¬†I first heard about this from Ellen @ astridthebookworm on YouTube and then I heard this was also a TV show. I think the whole idea for the book sounds really good so I’m definitely excited for this one!
  8. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde –¬†This sounds like a¬†legitimately¬†creepy classic. I’m very intrigued about Mr. Dorian Gray, that’s for sure. (And after I read it I’m totally planning to watch the movie because it stars Ben Barnes *sighs and gazes off into the distance*)
  9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bront√ę – I started this one shortly after I read Jane Eyre, which gave me a horrible book hangover, so I never finished. I must read this in full sometime because I’ve heard it’s another more young adult classic.
  10. Villette by Charlotte Bront√ę –¬†Jane Eyre might be my favorite classic that I’ve ever read as of yet. I absolutely loved it and I couldn’t stop reading it, which is strange for me and classics. So, when I heard about this one by Ms Bront√ę I quickly added it to my TBR!

What classics are on your TBR? Have you read any of the ones I’ve mentioned above? What did you think? I’d love to hear from you!

xo, emily