The 2017 Attempt to Complete The Back to the Classics Challenge

Back to the Classics 2017 – click the button below for our host Karen’s rules for the Challenge:


The categories for the 2016 Back to the Classics Challenge: My choices in RED but if this goes like last year, I won’t read any of my original selections! eeek.

1.  A 19th century classic – any book published between 1800 and 1899. Probably a Trolloppe. or a Hardy.

2.  A 20th century classic – any book published between 1900 and 1967. Rabbit, Run

3.  A classic by a woman author. Cold Comfort Farm or Orlando

4.  A classic in translation. The Three Muskateers or Love in a Fallen City

5.  A classic published before 1800. Plays and epic poems are acceptable in this category. Candide!!

6.  A romance classic. Jude the Obscure?

7.  A Gothic or horror classic. Jane Eyre.

8.  A classic with a number in the title. One Fine Day 

9.  A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title. The Bird’s Nest

10. A classic set in a place you’d like to visit. Love in a Cold Climate (whatever/whereever – will likely be English…)

11. An award-winning classic. ??? Will look at the Pulitzer list. Perhaps The Voice at the Back Door by Elizabeth Spencer. Uh, NOPE. Is listed on that page but I didn’t realize the award was NOT given that year. So maybe The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau, 1965.

12. A Russian classic. Memories by Teffi, as suggested by Ruthiella. Or Dead Souls by Gogol?

Happy Challenge-Reading!


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7 thoughts on “The 2017 Attempt to Complete The Back to the Classics Challenge

  1. Good luck with your challenge! I’ve joined and hopefully I will actually complete one of these categories. I can’t seem to do very well with this challenge!

  2. It’s funny how sometimes the act of choosing just makes us want to choose differently. Heheh Have had the same thing happen myself!

    1. Hee hee – I just didn’t focus on this challenge until it was almost too late to make what I already DID read fit a certain category! I am usually scrambling for this one and I do well with the What’s in a Name challenge. Whatever. (I’m obv hanging out with teens too much!?!)

  3. Candide is one I read long before I understood it. Ti from Book Chatter and I are doing a read-a-long of Ulysses by Joyce in February if you’re interested. Details on that to come soon.

    1. Candide is SO SHORT! How HARD can it be? (famous last words).

      Ulyssess in February?! hmmmmm. I’m attempted a readalong once and didn’t get very far. Maybe if I keep pursuing it, it will happen. Funny how that rings true sometimes.

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