This year I was intending on reading 12 categories for the Back to the Classics 2019 Reading Challenge, hosted by Karen at Books and Chocolate, but I ended up doing 10 because Christmas reading snuck up on me and I couldn’t find December books that fit the last two categories. I’ve earned two entries.

  1. 19th Century Classic: Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  2. 20th Century Classic: The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham
  3. Classic by a Woman Author: Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson
  4. Classic in Translation: We by Yevgeny Amyatin
  5. Classic Comic Novel: Something Fresh by P.G. Wodehouse
  6. Classic Tragic Novel: The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
  7. Very Long Classic: The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  8. Classic Novella: Double Indemnity by James M. Cain
  9. Classic From the Americas (includes the Caribbean): The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
  10. Classic From Africa, Asia, or Oceania (includes Australia): Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

It’s too hard to pick a favorite. I honestly enjoyed all of them this year.

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  • Felicity Grace terry

    Well done on your 10 classics, Its such an eclectic and inspired selection,

    Not being a huge fan of the Classics myself I can’t claim to have read any of these books though in my younger days I did give Bleak House and The Three Musketeers a go. Perhaps books I need to go back to now as I don’t think we always understand let alone appreciate these books when younger.

  • Congrats on 10 out of 12–you have a couple of chunksters in there as well. I am hoping to reread Bleak House before too long–it’s been awhile, and The Three Musketeers is definitely on my TBR list.

    Happy New Year and best wishes for a great 2020 reading year.

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