Back to the Classics 2015 Wrap-Up Post


The Back to the Classics Challenge 2015 requires a wrap-up post (at least to be eligible for prizes, but it’s nice, too, to look back over the fruit of one’s labors.) So these are the classics I’ve read for this challenge this year. Each links back to my review of the book.

1.  A 19th Century Classic — any book published between 1800 and 1899: Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens (Finished 7/22/15)

2.  A 20th Century Classic — any book published between 1900 and 1965: The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer, 1928 (Finished 1/19/15)

3.  A Classic by a Woman Author: Emily Climbs by L. M. Montgomery, second in the Emily of New Moon series. (Finished 2/4/15)

4.  A Classic in Translation. a book written originally in a language not your own: Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero by Henryk Sienkiewicz (Finished 9/19/15)

5.  A Very Long Classic Novel — a single work of 500 pages or longer: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (Finished 4/20/15)

6.  A Classic Novella — any work shorter than 250 pages: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Finished 6/22/15)

7.  A Classic with a Person’s Name in the Title: The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Finished 5/20/15).

8.  A Humorous or Satirical Classic. The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis. Serious subject, but written in a satirical form. (Finished 9/26/15).

9.  A Forgotten Classic or lesser-known classic: The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins.  (Finished 11/7/15).

10.  A Nonfiction Classic: The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis. (Finished 9/19/15)

11.  A Classic Children’s Book: By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder, 5th in her Little House series. (Finished 2/18/15)

12.  A Classic Play: Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. (Finished 7/30/15)

I am happy to have completed all the categories! That makes me eligible for three entries into Karen’s drawing.

I tried a few new authors and enjoyed meeting up again with some who were already known and loved, to try some of their other works.

As I said at the start of this challenge, I didn’t grow up reading a lot of classics, and I’ve been making a deliberate effort to include them in the past several years. Thanks to Karen at Books and Chocolate for encouraging that endeavor in such a clever and interesting way!

5 thoughts on “Back to the Classics 2015 Wrap-Up Post

    • When Karen posts about the challenge for the coming year, she explains a little more about it. One of her stipulations is that they must be 50 years old. The “forgotten classic” category was the hardest to me. I thought, aren’t most classics classics because they haven’t been forgotten, because people keep reading them? When she said it could be a lesser-known classic by a famous author, that helped. I chose Wlikie Collins’ The Dead Secret because it’s not often mentioned when people list his more well-known works. Plus I couldn’t find an audiobook of it, which is the way I had originally wanted to “read” it, so I figured that also meant it wasn’t as well known. 🙂 Sometimes Karen will link to classic book lists, and that helps as well.

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