Saturday, December 9, 2017

Back to the Classics 2018

Click here to see more info and to sign up for this one.

It's back! Once again, I'm hosting the Back to the Classics Challenge.  I hope to encourage bloggers to discover and enjoy classic books they might not have tried, or just never got around to reading. And at the end, one lucky winner will receive a $30 (US) prize from or The Book Depository!

Here's how it works:

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

  • 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 2018 Back to the Classics Challenge:

1.  A 19th century classic - any book published between 1800 and 1899:

Barnaby Rudge--Charles Dickens

2.  A 20th century classic - any book published between 1900 and 1968. 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.
Lord of the Flies--William Golding

3.  A classic by a woman author:
Mary Barton--Elizabeth Gaskell

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). Modern translations are acceptable as long as the original work fits the guidelines for publications as explained in the challenge rules.
Selected Poems--Anna Akhmatova

5. A children's classic. Indulge your inner child and read that classic that you somehow missed years ago. Short stories are fine, but it must be a complete volume. Picture books don't count!
The Door in the Wall--Marguerite de Angeli

6.  A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction. This can be a true crime story, mystery, detective novel, spy novel, etc., as long as a crime is an integral part of the story and it was published at least 50 years ago. Examples include The 39 Steps, Strangers on a Train, In Cold Blood, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, etc.  The Haycraft-Queen Cornerstones list is an excellent source for suggestions.:
The Brothers Karamazov--Fyodor Dostoyevsky

7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction. A journey should be a major plot point, i.e., The Hobbit, Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, Kon-Tiki, Travels with Charley, etc.:

Sailing Alone Around the World--Joshua Slocum

8. A classic with a single-word title. No articles please! Proper names are fine -- Emma, Germinal, Middlemarch, Kidnapped, etc.):

Night--Elie Wiesel

9. A classic with a color in the title. The Woman in White; Anne of Green Gables; The Red and the Black, and so on:

The Red Pony--John Steinbeck

10. A classic by an author that's new to you. Choose an author you've never read before:

Dr Wortle's School--Anthony Trollope

11. A classic that scares you. Is there a classic you've been putting off forever? A really long book which intimidates you because of its sheer length? Now's the time to read it, and hopefully you'll be pleasantly surprised!


12. Re-read a favorite classic. Like me, you probably have a lot of favorites -- choose one and read it again, then tell us why you love it so much. 

Little Women--Louisa May Alcott

Challenge completed on June 20


Sandra Cox said...

Hope your weekend is 'classic' :)

Kelly Hashway said...

Lots of good reading ahead of you!

Elephant's Child said...

I think a lot of us have some classics on our TBR pile. Some of which have been there for years. Love Sandra's comment.

JaneGS said...

Congrats on finishing the challenge. I just did the same, and had a wonderful year reading classics. I still haven't read Barnaby Rudge, so I'll be reading your review to see how you liked it. I have Night on my TBR shelf and would like to read that next year as well.

Congrats on finishing!

Joseph said...

Nice choices. I loved Anna K, Bros K, and Little Women.