My goodness, I was starting to get nervous. I’d participated in this challenge since the beginning of my blog, which means approximately 6 years. I was worried that it wasn’t happening this year but Karen posted the sign-up post yesterday and I’m thrilled. It’s one of my favourite challenges, even though I haven’t done splendidly with it the last couple of years. However, this year is a new year and I will try again!
So, without further ado, the categories ….. I’ll list possible reads, knowing that they’ll probably be completely different at the end of the year 😂:
Categories & Books:
- 19th Century Classic: Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
- 20th Century Classic: A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
- Classic by a Female Author: The Dean’s Watch by Elizabeth Goudge
- Classic In Translation: The Iliad by Homer
- Classic with a Person of Colour: Pathar Dabi by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay
- A Genre Classic: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
- A Classic With a Person’s Name in the Title: Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
- A Classic With A Place In The Title: The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
- Classic With Nature in the Title: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
- Classic About A Family: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Abandon Classic: Deal Souls by Nikolai Gogol
- Classic Adaptation: Bleak House by Charles Dickens
I’ve read Kidnapped before but not for years and I remember it being good fun. A Canticle for Leibowitz would be a re-read too but it was just excellent and traced how actual happenings could evolve into myth over the centuries. I’ve only read a few Goudge books and The Dean’s Watch is supposed to be one of her best. The Iliad, of course, I’m reading for my read-along. Pathar Dabi is a follow-up to my read of Home and the World and was recommended by Cirtnecce. War and Peace is for Nick’s read-along. Mary Barton helps me continue to read the works of one of my favourite authors, as does The Mill on the Floss. The Wind in the Willows I haven’t read for ages and is due for a re-read. One Hundred Years of Solitude is for Silvia and Ruth’s read-along in March. Dead Souls is for my Russian Literature Challenge and Bleak House I started last year with much distraction but I want to give it another try this year from the beginning.
This is my seventh year participating in this challenge and I’ve enjoyed it so much each time! Here is a list of past challenges:
- 2019 Back To The Classics Challenge
- 2018 Back To The Classics Challenge
- 2017 Back To The Classics Challenge
- 2016 Back To The Classics Challenge
- 2015 Back To The Classics Challenge
- 2014 Back To The Classics Challenge
I must admit that I’m not that inspired by my 2nd Classics Club list, but I’ll attempt to knock a few off of it. Perhaps it needs to be revamped entirely.
In any case, I’m excited about this challenge. Wish me luck!