Back to the Classics Challenge 2019

Another challenge I really enjoyed this past year was Karen at Books and Chocolate’s Back to the Classics Challenge, so I’m signing up again for 2019. I haven’t posted my wrap-up for this year yet because I’m hoping to finish Rebecca. Presuming I finish that one, I’ll have complete all 12 categories, so I’m hoping to do the same next year.

From Books and Chocolate:

THE CATEGORIES:  (My potential reads are in italics, but they’re open to change.)

1. 19th Century Classic. The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

2. 20th Century Classic.  In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

3. Classic by a Woman Author. The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers

4. Classic in Translation. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

5. Classic Comic Novel.  Something Fresh by P.G. Wodehouse

6. Classic Tragic Novel. I’m not sure yet. Any suggestions? Truth be told, I tend to avoid sad books, so maybe a light tragedy?

7. Very Long Classic. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

8. Classic Novella. The Borrowers by Mary Norton

9. Classic From the Americas (includes the Caribbean). Walden by Henry David Thoreau

10. Classic From Africa, Asia, or Oceania (includes Australia). Hiroshima by John Hersey

11. Classic From a Place You’ve Lived. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

12. Classic Play. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wild


THE RULES: 

  • All books must have been written at least 50 years ago to qualify; therefore, books must have been published no later than 1969 for this challenge. The only exceptions to this rule are books which published posthumously but written before 1969. Recent translations of classic novels are acceptable. 
  • All books must be read during read from January 1 through December 31, 2019. Books started before January 1 do not qualify. All reviews must be linked to this challenge by 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2019.
  • The deadline to sign up for the challenge is March 1, 2019.
  • Books may NOT cross over within this challenge — that is, you may not count the same book multiple times within this challenge. You MUST read a different book for each category in this challenge, or it doesn’t count. 

8 Comments

  1. Wow, Dorothy Sayers is certainly popular for 2019. I have one of her Wimsey novels on one of my challenge lists and I’ve seen her on so many other lists. For tragedy …. well, any Thomas Hardy novel would do but he’s depressing. Or The Picture of Dorian Gray? I was appalled by that one until about half way through and then it became one of my favourite novels.

    All the best for 2019 and happy reading!

    • My daughter read The Great Gatsby a couple of years ago in high school. It didn’t seem like something I’d want to read, but at least it’s short. And you’re the second to suggest it. Or maybe I should just skip the tragedy category.

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