2016 Classics Challenge: September | Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes

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2016 Classics Challenge: April | ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ by JK Rowling

2016 Classics Challenge

I know that I am cheating this month on the classics challenge a little bit. I do. I don’t know where I am with this challenge at the moment to be honest. I’m all muddled up over what counts as a classic, and I’m spending so much time umming and ahhing over it every month that when I choose something, I’m already entirely worn out of enthusiasm for it. I’m thinking about what to do about that, I promise. I’m coming up with a plan. But Harry Potter could hardly be denied as a classic of children’s literature – a modern classic, I absolutely grant you, but it definitely counts. The series has had a huge impact on a generation of young readers, adult readers, film-goers of all ages.

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2016 Classics Challenge: March | ‘And Still I Rise’ by Maya Angelou

2016 Classics Challenge

I really didn’t think I was going to have a classic for March. I made it most of the way through the month happily reading away and being entirely unorganised, as I mentioned in my March Wrap Up. Last day of the month, I was thinking I’d have to miss one, but I spotted this volume of poetry by Maya Angelou on my shelf and just dove in. It might have been a quick read for me, but it doesn’t need to be – there is so much in Angelou’s poetry that deserves attention and recognition, and her subject matter is often not light.

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