Signing up for the 2020 Back to the Classics Challenge

My selections here are mostly from my Classics Club 50 (<– Book List 1; I’m working on Book List 2) and are shown in RED.


1. 19th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1800 and 1899.
2. 20th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1900 and 1969.
3. Classic by a Woman Author.  
4. Classic in Translation. –  The Gateless Gate
5. Classic by a Person of Color. Any classic work by a non-white author. Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
6. A Genre Classic. Any classic novel that falls into a genre category — fantasy, science fiction, Western, romance, crime, horror, etc. The Time Machine 
7. Classic with a Person’s Name in the Title. First name, last name or both. – The Picture of Dorian Gray
8. Classic with a Place in the Title. Any classic with the proper name of a place (real or ficitonal) – a country, region, city, town, village, street, building, etc. – Villette by Charlotte Brontë
9. Classic with Nature in the Title. A classic with any element of nature in the title (not including animals). Treasure Island
10. Classic About a Family. This classic should have multiple members of the same family as principal characters, either from the same generation or multiple different generations.  They Were Sisters by Dorothy Whipple.
11. Abandoned Classic. Choose a classic that you started and just never got around to finishing, whether you didn’t like it at or just didn’t get around to it. Now is the time to give it another try. Alice in Wonderland or Tom Sawyer or Cry the Beloved Country 
12. Classic Adaptation. Any classic that’s been adapted as a movie or TV series. If you like, you can watch the adaptation and include your thoughts in your book review. It’s not required but it’s always fun to compare.  SO MANY CHOICES!
  • All books must have been written at least 50 years ago to qualify; therefore, books must have been published no later than 1969 for this challenge.




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15 thoughts on “Signing up for the 2020 Back to the Classics Challenge

  1. I adore Villette! ❤ It's on my reread list!! I hope you love it too. I've also read The TIme Machine, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Alice in Wonderland, and Twelve Years a Slave, the latter of which is an experience. Alice in Wonderland is HILARIOUS. So is it's sequel. 😛 HAVE FUN AND GOOD LUCK with this! 🙂

    1. Hi! I will plan on reading Huck Finn in July with you, then. I think I will need encouragement. I have trouble reading books where I *know* the story – I need to be surprised and this one feels like I have known it all my life. I just started Treasure Island – hopefully a quick adventure read. (I am unable to comment at your blog without jumping through all the google hoops so maybe you’ll see this?)

      1. (Haha – I’ve seen the comment! Sorry about Google.) I look forward to reading Huck’s story with you in July! Honestly – Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn have somehow escaped my reading thus far. I know the names and know the books are by Twain. I know Huck and Jim, a slave, run away together – but that’s all I know. I look forward to reading this strongly American classic.

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