Karen at Books and Chocolate hosts the Back to the Classics Challenge. She came up with categories and we come up with a classic at least 50 years old to fit each category. She also gives away a prize – a $30 gift card to Amazon.com or The Book Depository. You get one entry for the prize drawing for six categories completed, two entries for nine categories completed, and three entries if you complete all twelve.
The classics I read this year were (titles link back to my reviews):
A.19th Century Classic: The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot (1860)(Finished 7/15/19)
B. 20th Century Classic (published between 1900 to 1969): How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn (1939) (Finished 3/20/19)
C. Classic by a Woman Author. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1905)(Finished 2/14/19)
D. Classic in Translation (written originally in a language different from your own): Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss (Finished 11/23/19)
E. Classic Comic Novel. The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens (1836)(Finished 5/20/19)
F. Classic Tragic Novel. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (1847)(Finished 6/12/19)
G. Very Long Classic (500 or more pages): Anna Karenina by Tolstoy (Finished 9/11/19)
H. Classic Novella (250 or fewer pages): The Inheritance by Louisa May Alcott, 150 pages. (1849)(Finished 6/23/19)
I. Classic From the Americas (includes the Caribbean). The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington. (1918)(Finished 9/24/19)
J. Classic From Africa, Asia, or Oceania (includes Australia). Moby Dick by Herman Melville. (Finished 10/28/19)
K. Classic From a Place You’ve Lived. The Gilded Age by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner (Finished 12/16/19)
L. Classic Play. King Lear by William Shakespeare. (Finished 12/28/19)
Karen likes for us to compute how many entries we earned: I read all twelve, so I have three entries.
I enjoy this challenge because it broadens my horizons. I would not have read some of these books if not for this challenge. I have not seen anything yet about this challenge for next year, and I’m sorry that it looks like it won’t continue. But I’ll keep reading classics. Someone has said that a classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say. These books still speak today.
Do you like to read classics? Have you read any of these?