Karen at Books and Chocolate hosts the Back to the Classics Challenge. Books have to be 50 years old and fit within the categories chosen for the year in order to qualify. Karen draws a name from participants at the end of the year to receive a $30 gift card towards books, and the number of categories you finish determines how many entries you get.
Here are the categories I finished this year. Titles link back to my reviews. I actually finished back in June (a record for me, I think), but am just now finishing this post.
1. A 19th century classic: The Warden by Anthony Trollope
2. A 20th century classic: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
3. A classic by a woman author: Silas Marner by George Elliot (Mary Ann Evans)
4. A classic in translation: The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
5. A classic by BIPOC author: The Narrative of Sojourner Truth by Sojourner Truth and Olive Gilbert
6. A classic by a new-to-you author: Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster
7. New-to-you classic by a favorite author: Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
8. A classic about an animal, or with an animal in the title: Animal Farm by George Orwell
9. A children’s classic: Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
10. A humorous or satirical classic: Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
11. A travel or adventure classic (fiction or non-fiction): A Room With a View by E. M. Forster
12. A classic play: Our Town by Thornton Wilder.
Karen wants us to put the number of entries we get for the prize drawing based on the number of categories completed. I have three entries because I completed all twelve categories.
Karen also wants us to put our contact email here: barbarah06 (at) gmail (dot) com.
Once again, I very much enjoyed this challenge. Some of the books were cozy; some were challenging. All stimulated thinking in one form or another. That they still speak and still provoke thought and discussion after to so long a time is, I suppose, what makes them classics.
I enjoyed seeing what you read; while most sound familiar, there are several I haven’t read. I love reading classics and should fit more of them into my reading; almost always, classic books seem to have gotten that label for a reason. Good luck in the giveaway!
What a fun challenge! I love Daddy-Long-Legs and Dear Enemy :).
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Wow, Barbara, you did it! All 12 categories! I am impressed! I made it to 9 of the categories. I never got around to reading a play, a book by a BIPOC, or a book in translation. I am going to hop over to a few of your linked reviews. I didn’t realize there was a classic based on Pinocchio!
Here is my wrap-up post, if interested! https://elle-alice.blogspot.com/2021/12/back-to-classics-wrap-up-post.html
The BIPOC one is hard because here aren’t many over 50 years old. In the past I have read Frederick Douglass’ biography, Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington, and 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup. One really good play is Pygmalion.