Saturday, 16 December 2017

Back to the Classics Challenge 2017 Wrap-up Post

Back to the Classics 2017

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

Home Education by Charlotte Mason (1866)

2.  A 20th Century Classic - any book published between 1900 and 1967.

The Keys of the Kingdom by A.J. Cronin (1941)

3.  A classic by a woman author

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (1926)

4.  A classic in translation.  Any book originally written published in a language other than your native language. 

Cancer Ward by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn (1966)

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

The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare ( 1599)

A 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.

My Love Must Wait  by Ernestine Hill (1941)

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

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818, 1831)

8.  A classic with a number in the title. Examples include A Tale of Two Cities, Three Men in a Boat, The Nine Tailors, Henry V, Fahrenheit 451, etc.

The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan (1935)

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. 

 My Family & Other Animals by Gerald Durrell (1956)


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.

The Small Woman by Alan Burgess (1957) - set in China

11. An 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 Forgotten Daughter by Caroline Dale Snedeker (1933) Newbery medal

12. A Russian Classic. 2017 will be the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, so read a classic by any Russian author. 

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (1924)

Linking to Final Wrap-up at Books & Chocolate



Brian Joseph said...

Congratulations on completing these books. It is a very impressive list. It is actually giving me ideas for books to read.

Silvia said...

Congratulations, Carol. There's wonderful books un your list. Cannot wait to see your 2018 list!

Carol said...

Some of them are among my favourite reads of all time. Life & Death in Shanghai certainly is. A wonderful book.

Carol said...

Thanks Silvia. I always like checking out what you've been reading.

Annie Kate said...

It's so inspiring to see your list, Carol! I've read a handful of them, but long ago.

Ruthiella said...

Impressive list! Nice and varied with well-know and lesser known titles. Like Silvia, I look forward to seeing what you come up with for the 2018 categories!

Carol said...

Thanks Annie, I’ve had a great year of reading.

Carol said...

I almost enjoy the list making as I do the reading. 🙂

Ruth said...

Congrats on completing all 12. I'm going to read your post on Home Education now.

Carol said...

Thanks Ruth. I didn't think I'd get there. The Gothic/Horror classic took me ages to decide upon.

Sean Parker said...

Sadly, failed to complete this challenge in last year.
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