Sunday, December 4, 2016

Back to the Classics 2017

It's back. I will try to complete all 12 categories once again. Click here to sign up and see more details.

The challenge will be exactly the same as last year, 12 classic books, but with slightly different categories. You do not have to read 12 books to participate in this s

  • Complete six categories, and you get one entry in the drawing
  • Complete nine categories, and you get two entries in the drawing
  • Complete all twelve categories, and you get three entries in the drawing
And here are the categories for the 2016 Back to the Classics Challenge:

1.  A 19th Century Classic - any book published between 1800 and 1899:

Martin Chuzzlewit--Charles Dickens

2.  A 20th Century Classic - any book published between 1900 and 1967. (Just like last year, all books MUST have been published at least 50 years ago to qualify. The only exception is books written at least 50 years ago, but published later, such as posthumous publications):
The Blacker the Berry--Wallace Thurman

3.  A classic by a woman author: Quicksand--Nella Larsen

4.  A classic in translation.  Any book originally written published in a language other than your native language. Feel free to read the book in your language or the original language. (You can also read books in translation for any of the other categories:


5.  A classic published before 1800: Plays and epic poems are acceptable in this category also.

The Epic of Gilgamesh

An romance classic. I'm pretty flexible here about the definition of romance. It can have a happy ending or a sad ending, as long as there is a strong romantic element to the plot:

Lady Susan--Jane Austen

7.  A Gothic or horror classic. For a good definition of what makes a book Gothic, and an excellent list of possible reads, please see this list on Goodreads:
The Hound of the Baskervilles--Arthur Conan Doyle

8.  A classic with a number in the title. Examples include A Tale of Two CitiesThree Men in a Boat, Slaughterhouse Five, Fahrenheit 451, etc.

Slaughterhouse Five--Kurt Vonnegut

9.  A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title.  It an actual animal or a metaphor, or just the name. Examples include To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, The Metamorphosis, White Fang, etc. :
Black Beauty--Anna Sewell

10. A classic set in a place you'd like to visit. It can be real or imaginary:The Wizard of Oz, Down and Out in Paris and London, Death on the Nile, etc.

Lost Horizon--James Hilton

11An award-winning classic. It could be the Newbery award, the Prix Goncourt, the Pulitzer Prize, the James Tait Award, etc. Any award, just mention in your blog post what award your choice received:
The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens (Pulitzer)

12. A Russian Classic2017 will be the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, so read a classic by any Russian author:
Crime and Punishment--Fyodor Dostoevsky

Challenge completed on June 11

1 comment:

Karen K. said...

Congratulations on completing the challenge, you're the first one! There's been a slight change this year. I will be notifying the winner BEFORE posting their name on my blog. Please send me an email with contact info before the drawing in January. You can email me at karenlibrarian13 [at] yahoo [dot] com. Thanks!