***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***
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_____.