Back to the Classics Challenge 2018

I only have a little more than a year and a half to finish my Classics Club list, with 21 books remaining.  So, I decided to join the Back to the Classics Challenge, hosted by Karen at Books and Chocolate.

It’s simple; there are 12 categories, and the idea is to read one book, published at least 50 years ago, from each of the categories, review it, and link the review to the category your fulfilling.  At the end of the year, participants will post a challenge wrap-up and link that up as well.  We’re not required to read all 12 books or choose our books in advance, but I listed my potential reads next to each category below.  Go to the main challenge page for the full details.

The Categories:

1.  A 19th century classic – Dickens, Charles: Oliver Twist

2.  A 20th century classic – Kafka, Franz: The Trial

3.  A classic by a woman author – Brontë, Anne: Agnes Grey

4.  A classic in translation – Remarque, Erich Maria: All Quiet on the Western Front

5. A children’s classic – Barrie, J.M.: Peter Pan

6.  A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction – Collins, Wilkie: The Woman in White

7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction – Tolkien, J.R.R.: The Hobbit

8. A classic with a single-word title – Du Maurier, Daphne: Rebecca

9. A classic with a color in the title – Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The Scarlet Letter

10. A classic by an author that’s new to you – Lawrence, D.H.: Lady Chatterley’s Lover

11. A classic that scares you – Melville, Herman: Moby Dick

12. Re-read a favorite classic – Hugo, Victor: Les Misérables

The deadline to sign up for the challenge is March 1, 2018.  Are you planning to participate in Back to the Classics challenge?  Are participating in the Classic Clubs reading challenge?  Let me know in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Back to the Classics Challenge 2018

  1. You’re ready quite a few of the books that I’m considering or was considering. I had The Woman in White on my list but found I didn’t have it, so I think I’m going to read the Moonstone instead. I’m have The Scarlett Letter and Lady Chatterley’s Lover. I thought about Moby Dick and Tolkien for the book that scares me, but decided on Ulysses instead. Good luck with the challenge and happy reading.

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  2. I created a classic challenge myself. I read them over summer and Christmas and attempt to finish them. Over Christmas, attempting to finish Hunchback of Notre Dame. Others that have succeeded in this challenge are Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, Don Quixote, and Les Misérables

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