Back to the Classics Challenge is hosted by Karen’s @ Books and Chocolate.
There are twelve categories and these are the books I’ve initially chosen for some of the categories – 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 – David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
- A 20th century classic. Any book first published from 1900 to 1972. All books must have been published at least 50 years ago; the only exceptions are books which were written by 1972 and posthumously published. A Room With a View by E M Forster, first published 1908.
- A classic by a woman author. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
- A classic in translation. 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.
- A classic by BIPOC author. Any book published by a non-white author. The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas
- Mystery/Detective/Crime Classic. It can be fiction or non-fiction (true crime). Death in the Tunnel by Miles Burton, a British Library Crime Classic, first published in 1936.
- A Classic Short Story Collection. Any single volume that contains at least six short stories. The book can have a single author or can be an anthology of multiple authors. The Birds and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier
- A Pre-1800 Classic. Anything written before 1800. Plays and epic poems, such as the Odyssey, are acceptable in this category.
- A Nonfiction Classic. Travel, memoirs, and biographies are great choices for this category. In Cold Blood. by Truman Capote
- A Classic That’s Been on Your TBR List the Longest. Find the classic book that’s been hanging around unread the longest, and finally cross it off your list!
- A Classic Set in a Place You’d Like to Visit. Can be real or imaginary — Paris, Tokyo, the moon, Middle Earth, etc. It can be someplace you’ve never been, or someplace you’d like to visit again. Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo, because although I’ve been to Paris once I’d love to go there again.
- A Wild Card Classic. Any classic you like, any category, as long as it’s at least 50 years old! Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad