This is the 8th year that Karen at Books and Chocolate has hosted the Back to the Classics Challenge and this is the first time I’ll be joining in. See Karen’s sign-up post on Books and Chocolate for more details about the challenge.
There are twelve categories and these are the books I’ve initially chosen – but there are others I could choose, so this list may/probably will change.
- A 19th century classic: any book first published from 1800 to 1899 – Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens 1857.
- A 20th century classic: any book first published from 1900 to 1971. All books must have been published at least 50 years ago; the only exceptions are books which were written by 1971 and posthumously published – Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford – 1924 – 1928.
- A classic by a woman author – Orlando by Virginia Woolf – 1927.
- A classic in translation, meaning any book first published in a language that is not your primary language. You may read it in translation or in its original language, if you prefer. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
- A classic by BIPOC author; that is, a non-white author. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.
- A classic by a new-to-you author, i.e., an author whose work you have never read. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.
- A new-to-you classic by a favourite author — a new book by an author whose works you have already read. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope.
- A classic about an animal, or with an animal in the title. The animal can be real or metaphorical. (i.e., To Kill a Mockingbird). Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.
- A children’s classic – The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit.
- A humorous or satirical classic. Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome K Jerome.
- A travel or adventure classic (fiction or non-fiction). It can be a travelogue or a classic in which the main character travels or has an adventure. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.
- A classic play. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare – I’ve seen the play and the film, but haven’t read the book.