Back to the Classics Challenge 2018

I know I said the Nonfiction Challenge was my last for 2018, but apparently I forgot to actually post this one. It was still in my drafts. It falls into the second category of challenges, too, one that I actually have to go out of my way to read books for.

I read several classics in 2017, thanks in part to the Back to the Classics Challenge hosted at Books and Chocolate, so I’m signing up again this year.

Here’s how it works:

The challenge will be exactly the same as last year, 12 classic books, but with slightly different categories. You do not have to read 12 books to participate in this.
Complete six categories, and you get one entry in the drawing at the end of the year
Complete nine categories, and you get two entries in the drawing
Complete all twelve categories, and you get three entries in the drawing

Here are the categories for the 2018 Back to the Classics Challenge. Some of my tentative selections are in parenthesis. If you have any favorites that fit in the categories, let me know.

1. A 19th Century Classic (Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson – 1883)

2. A 20th Century Classic (The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein – 1966)

3. A classic by a woman author (Orlando by Virginia Woolf)

4. A classic in translation (Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne)

5. A children’s classic (The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame)

6. A classic crime story (Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith)

7. A classic travel or journey narrative (The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain)

8. A classic with a single-word title (Middlemarch by George Eliot)

9. A classic with a color in the title (No idea. If you have any suggestions, let me know.)

10. A classic by an author that’s new to you (Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder)

11. A classic that scares you (The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas – it looks so long)

12. Re-read a favorite classic (The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

And now, the rest of the rules:
All books must be read in 2018. Books started before January 1, 2018 do not qualify. All reviews must be linked to this challenge by December 31, 2018.
You must also post a wrap-up review and link it to the challenge no later than December 31, 2018. Please include links within your final wrap-up to that I can easily confirm all your categories. Also, it is OK to rearrange books to fit different categories in your wrap-up post.
All books must have been written at least 50 years ago; therefore, books must have been written by 1968 to qualify for this challenge. The ONLY exceptions are books published posthumously.
E-books and audiobooks are eligible! You may also count books that you read for other challenges.
Books may NOT cross over within this challenge. You must read a different book for EACH category, or it doesn’t count.
Children’s classics are acceptable, but please, no more than 3 total for the challenge.

I don’t think I’ll be able to read 12, but I’m sure I can do six again this year.


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