Thursday, December 9, 2010

Dusty Volumes Reading Challenge

**Link your 2011 Dusty Volumes Reading Challenge reviews HERE**

Brush the cobwebs aside,
Pull the book from the shelf.
Blow the dust off the cover,
Then immerse yourself.


It was only a few years ago that I read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.   Since I'm confessing, I haven't read Dracula or any of Lovecraft's works either.  (I know, shameful!)  If you feel literarily negligent dust off those old, classic books, stories or plays you've always wanted to read and join me in the 2011 Dusty Volumes Reading Challenge.

To join:
  • Write a post about this challenge on your blog with a link back to this post.  
  • Include a list of the Dusty Volumes you hope to read in 2011.  They should have a publishing date before 1960.  You can add, subtract or change the list at anytime.
  • Grab a button and add it to your post or sidebar.  (Hint: adding it to your sidebar will earn you extra entries in future Dusty Volumes giveaways!  Plus, it would really make my day.)
  • Sign up on Mr. Linky below.  Please enter the link to the Dusty Volumes post on your blog, not your main blog page.  (If you link to your main blog page, unfortunately it will be deleted.)   
  • When you write a review on one of your Dusty Volumes please let me know by leaving a comment below with a link to your review.  OR, you can leave a comment on one of my Dusty Volumes reviews when I post them.  Added 12/19/2010:  Also, if/when you write your review it would be great if you could mention that it is part of the Dusty Volumes Reading Challenge.
  • If you don't have a blog:  You can just sign up using your name.  You can link to Goodreads, Amazon, Shelfari, etc.  OR, instead of linking to a review you can leave a comment with your thoughts.  
I have not verified all the books on these lists, but here are a few links to help you out:
~YA books published before 1960 from The
~Another list from

My Dusty Volumes for 2011:
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood by Algernon Blackwood.
Dracula by Bram Stoker.
Haunting of Hill House, The by Shirley Jackson.
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. 
A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes #1) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.
Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

Sign up here:

Link your Dusty Volumes Reading Challenge reviews!  Click Here.

Grab a Dusty Volumes Reading Challenge Button!




This is a goal I've had for a long time.  I'm so happy to be able to incorporate it with blogging and I hope everyone who joins me enjoys it as well.  This is my first challenge so please bear with me and if anyone has any suggestions, feel free to let me know.


Jenny said...

So many great challenges out there, I don't think I can keep up with all of them. I need someone to pay me to read full time. Then I could. Wouldn't that be great? The only one on your list I've read is Wuthering Heights and that was a long, long time ago.

Midnyte Reader said...

I know. I've been wanting to read these books for so long, I knew I would have to give myself a little challenge.

~Sara @ Just Another Story said...

This is so cool. There are so many classics that I have been wanting to read and have not really been 'inspired' yet to read them, this challenge has given me the inspiration. Thanks so much.

La Toya said...

Hey there! Found your challenge on The Enchanted book. You can check out my post HERE . In the meanwhile, I'll wait for your linky list to be back up so I can add my name to your list!!

Why don't you link up with my newbie blog hop so more people can check out your page!! you don't need to make a post or anything if you don't have the time!!

Lah @ LazyGirlReads

La Toya said...

PS: I have you listed under my tabs of "challenges I'm doing in 2011" also.

Escapist said...

Thanks for hosting this and inviting me! I'm excited. :)

Midnyte Reader said...

I'm glad that a lot of challenges allow you to combine books (cross challenge).

Does anyone know what book they are going to start with? I kind of want to start with Dracula, but I'm wondering if I should save that for October.

~Sara @ Just Another Story said...

This challenge really has me excited. I've found so many other books to add to my list. I have a few questions. There are a few 'dusty volumes' that I want to read but that are pretty short (well just over 100 pages) and I want to know if they count. Specifically 'The Great Divorce' and 'The Little Prince'. Also another question-> is there a quantity goal that we need to be aware of? Like one for every month so that it totals 12, or something along those lines. I'm so excited. I want to get started already.

Midnyte Reader said...

Hey Sara,

This is my first challenge that I'm hosting. So, I'm trying to keep it as simple as possible. Therefore, I didn't put a quantity on it. (Sometimes I have commitment issues as well.)

I think that the point of this challenge is to read the books, shorts stories, plays, etc. that you've just never got around to. So, I say yes, anything goes!

These questions just made me realize something I didn't really put in clearly, so I'm going to add that.

Again, thanks so much for your enthusiasm.

Jessica said...

This is great! There was just a buy two get one free sale on classics at my local Barnes & Nobles and I bought a ton of them that have been on my TBR list! Count me in.

Midnyte Reader said...

Jessica, I'll have to check out my B&N! I just got 2 gift cards!

Midnyte Reader said...

So, I started Dracula last night. Has anyone started any books from this or any other challenge? Luckily Dracula will cross over into 2 challenges.

La Toya said...

I'm going to start Alice in Wonderland today!

Midnyte Reader said...

I started Dracula.

Angelique said...

Darn it woman, lol! This is a great challenge and I have a few titles I wanna get to this year. I'll post on this later since I already made a post today and I don't like to do posts back to back...I feel like one or the other won't get read. Gonna go ahead and add the button to my sidebar though =)

TheBookAddictedGirl said...

Love this challenge! I'm already taking part in a zillion, but I had to do this one! I'm almost finished A Study in Scarlet, and I have loads of other classics to read and add to my post.
Awesome challenge!
(I've put your button on my sidebar as well.)

Midnyte Reader said...

It's so hard not to join every single challenge out there! I'm reading A Study in Scarlet right now too!

TheBookAddictedGirl said...

I'm so sorry, I've left some reviews in the wrong place! When I refreshed the review page it jumped me back to the sign up one. It took me a couple of reviews to realise. I'm sorry!
(And I agree: I think I'm signing up to more or less every challenge I come across!)

Midnyte Reader said...

Okay, I fixed it. Thanks for joining!

Jaime Anderson said...

Ok, my updated link with the three books I've read so far...

Jaime Anderson said...

These are the actual review links:

Midnyte Reader said...

Hey Jamie, I checked out all your reviews. I also linked them on the Dusty Volumes reviews page for you.

Alysson said...

I'm so excited for this challenge! There are so many older books I've always wanted to get to but for some reason I keep reading something else. Thanks for hosting. :]

Midnyte Reader said...

Welcome Rose! I checked out your post and the books you intend to read. Stay posted for Dusty Volumes contests and more reviews.

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

Here is my mini review link up for The Picture of Dorian Gray, which I had never read before but ended up having to read several times this semester because I had to write a term paper on it. Gah!

Midnyte Reader said...

I had always *thought* I wanted to read The Picture of Dorian Gray...after reading your thoughts I'm not so sure. I'd be interested in reading your paper though! : )

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