Signing up for 2016 Back to the Classics Challenge

***Update…  I just realized that I have The World According to Garp  was published in 1978 so does not qualify as a “Back to Classics” classic!  WHAT? How?! did this happen. So I do need a banned book suggestion (or I can actually give my 50s list a researched view). ALSO I have decided to commit to the short story collection by Katherine Porter for category 12. …End-Update***

BackToTheClassics2016And here are the categories for the 2016 Back to the Classics Challenge:

1.  A 19th Century Classic – any book published between 1800 and 1899. THE WAY WE LIVE NOW (or something) by Trollope.

2.  A 20th Century Classic – any book published between 1900 and 1966. THE PAINTED VEIL by WSMaugham

3.  A classic by a woman author. AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by the awesome Agatha

4.  A classic in translation. Woo Boy… Perhaps THE THREE MUSKATEERS by Dumas because I have a copy in house but it is more likely I succumb to listening to the audiobook.

5.  A classic by a non-white author. Um, I do sadly realize that the only non-white on my classics 50 list is Solomon Northup so his TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE might be the choice here. I am open to suggestions.

6.  An adventure classic. THE DUD AVOCADO by Elaine Dundy.

7.  A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic.  ???  Would Gogol’s DEAD SOULS fit?! OR.. I just found this quote somewhere:  “…GRAVITY’s RAINBOW was nominated for the Nebula, a prestigious science fiction award,…” So let’s put this one here. I really wonder what I was thinking putting this on my classics 50. DON’T TELL ME ANYTHING! I do not want to know.

8.  A classic detective novel. Not sure this is exactly a detective novel but I’m going with THE HUNTER by Richard Stark. Otherwise I will have to swap out the Agatha Christie to a different category? I’m not even sure if hers qualifies for detective but should, right?

9.  A classic which includes the name of a place in the title. I put BRIGHTON ROCK by Graham Greene on my classics 50 list because I actually got to visit Brighton UK.

10. A classic which has been banned or censored. uh…. Let’s see. Probably THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP (John Irving) without doing any research; I bet this has been banned by someone somewhere. And if not, then I can use my own father as the guy who once forbade me from reading this. I think I am now old enough to make my own decision.

11. Re-read a classic you read in school (high school or college). Ugh! NO. I do not want to do this category – but really only because the books I would want to read are very long (Tale of Two Cities and/or Les Miserables) and I am wanting to read newly published books or books for challenges (ie already on my classics 50 list which OF COURSE none of my HS reading is on that list.) If I decide to do this, I will read Of MICE AND MEN / Steinbeck.

12. A volume of classic short stories. ______ fill in the blank_____.



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14 thoughts on “Signing up for 2016 Back to the Classics Challenge

  1. Jillian

    I didn’t want to do the read a book from high school or college category either. 🙂 I really want to read your #5. Best wishes with this!

  2. I’ve been thinking about doing this challenge myself. I usually try to stay away from these (even though they always tempt me), but this seems manageable and I can think of a few books I want to read anyway that would fit nicely into the categories. But there are a couple of categories that I can’t think of anything at all.
    Graham Greene and Maugham are both good ideas – I’ve been meaning to read something from both of them at some point.
    I just have to find the time to make a list…

  3. For what it’s worth, Alexandre Dumas was mixed-race. So you could conceivably use The Three Musketeers for the nonwhite author category. I am spreading the word. Alexandre Dumas had a dashing black father who went around doing awesome soldiery adventures. IT IS TRUE. (Tom Reiss wrote a book about it called The Black Count.)

  4. The Painted Veil is SO good!! I know you are going to enjoy it. As for going back and revisiting a book from HS, I would totally read A Tale of Two Cities. Then again, that has always been one of my favorite Dickens novels.

    Good luck with this list. I know you are going to have a blast!

  5. Ruthiella

    I love this Challenge and I love reading the participants lists; so much variation!

    Gravity’s Rainbow was also published in the 70s : (…But there is tons of classic SciFi from the 60’s and prior… Have you read A Brave New World by Huxley? If yes, then maybe something from HG Wells or Jules Verne or Edgar Rice Burroughs… or Heinlein or Vonnegut or Bradbury?

    For the non-white author category, you could try something by James Baldwin. I have yet to read Giovanni’s Room, but I really want to. For this category, however, I am going to read Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

    For a banned classic, I am going to read either Lolita or the Grapes of Wrath. Another suggestion: Huckleberry Finn

    1. Great catch, thanks. I should be able to find something I haven’t read in the SciFi category. and terrific sug for Baldwin. I’ve read Lolita (tho I might be tempted to do a reread) and Huck Finn and don’t-hate-me but GoW is on my averse-to list. I’ll find something. I was just hoping to find only books on my classics 50.

  6. You did great with last year’s Classics Challenge so good luck with this one! I should join in on this one as I always think I need to read more classics.

  7. litandlife

    if, by chance, you do go with Les Miz, I’ll read it with you. I started it a few years ago and got about half way through then stopped because I had some reading commitment and never picked it up again. But I really do want to be able to say I finally finished it!

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