Back to the Classics 2018

Hello again!  I am back today with another glorious reading challenge.  I came across this challenge while I was getting a Russian book recommendation at I read that in a book’s post.

The Challenge is a Classics challenge created by Karen K at Books and Chocolate that contains 12 categories.  The idea is to read from 6, 9, or all 12 categories. I am not a person who signs up for any and every reading challenge I come across and this one actually coincides nicely with my 5 year Classics Club Challenge.  Since most of the books I read for Back to the Classics 2018 challenge will count towards my 5 year Classics Club challenge as well, I thought it would be fun to participate.  Also, since the Back to the Classics challenge is broken down into categories, it will be a nice way to narrow down which books I will read towards my Classics Club Challenge since that one is extremely flexible.

So without further ado, here are the categories and some of my possible choices for each.

A 19th century Classic: Villette by Charlotte Bronte

A 20th century Classic: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

A classic by a woman author: The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Classic in Translation: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes or The Tale of Genji by Lady Muraski

A Children’s Classic: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery or The Lost Prince by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Classic Crime Story: Appointment With Death by Agatha Christie

A Classic Travel Narrative: The Travels of Marco Polo

A Classic with single word title: Persuasion by Jane Austen or Utopia by Sir Thomas More

A Classic with a color in the title: The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

A classic by an author who is new to you: The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

A classic that scares you: Moby Dick by Herman Melville

A favorite reread: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen or Dracula by Bram Stoker

While my selections are not set in stone, there’s a strong possibility I will be reading these. All of them with the exception of The Travels of Marco Polo and Appointment With Death (though the Travels of Marco Polo will be one of the nonfiction books I wanted to read and Appointment With Death will count towards Project Poirot) are also on my other list.

I feel fairly confident I will at least go through 9 of the categories and I am very excited to be participating.

Well thanks for joining me here and I apologize for my excessive use of the word “challenge”. Till next time here’s to happy reading!

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8 thoughts on “Back to the Classics 2018

  1. Yes! Villette is so good–better than Jane Eyre! I think people just don’t read it because it’s so long. And I have a copy of The Shuttle, but haven’t read it yet.

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    • You just motivated me by that because I keep putting down Villette and I want to pick it back up. I actually put it down for The Shuttle which I looooved. Highly recommend it!

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      • Good to know! I’d never heard of The Shuttle before I purchased it, so I wasn’t sure if it would be good or not! I read one The Lost Prince and, um, thought it was a bit weird. So I wasn’t sure if I ought to stick to her three well-known works after that.

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    • Oh yay!! I’m loving both challenges. Over the last two months I’ve been working between 60-75 hours a week so I’m terrible at updating but the challenge is still going strong. The last one I picked up and absolutely loved was The Shuttle but right now I’m reading The Time Machine and enjoying it so far. So glad you found me again and I hope you enjoy it too!

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      • Oh my, that’s crazy hours!!😳 updating can happen later on! I’m glad you’re still able to read though and work on the challenge. I’ve not heard of The Shuttle before! I just finished Mansfield Park, I’m in the middle of a not classic book now, but the next classic is One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

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