Friday, December 29, 2017

Back to the Classics 2018

For the third year running I'll be participating in the Back to the Classics Challenge hosted by Karen from Books and Chocolate. I've found it's a great way to add more classics into my reading diet. I'll be aiming to read one title for each of the twelve categories, thus earning myself three entries into the drawing for the book voucher prize. The categories and my tentative selections are below.

1.  A 19th century classic - I'm pretty sure I'll go with something by Charles Dickens but haven't yet settled on a definite title.

2.  A 20th century classic - I picked F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night for my 50 book Classics Club challenge.  Since I completed that challenge without getting to this book I'll probably use it here.

3.  A classic by a woman author  - Right now I'm leaning towards Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I

4.  A classic in translation - I've settled on Franz Kafka's novella The Metamorphosis

5. A children's classic  - I've somehow got through my childhood and that of my four kids without having read The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. This is a good chance to remedy that.

6.  A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction. - I've been meaning to read Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. According to Google it can be considered a crime novel, so that's good enough for me.

7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction  - John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley is rumoured to be wry and sarcastic. Since I appreciate both this seems like a good bet for me.

8. A classic with a single-word title - It should be Ivanhoe since it was also supposed to be read as part of my 50 book classics challenge. But I've just come across Elizabeth Gaskell's Ruth and may read it instead.

9. A classic with a color in the title - I'm intrigued by the period of tulip mania and mostly enjoyed The Count of Monte Cristo, so Alexandre Dumas' The Black Tulip seems like a sound pick.

10. A classic by an author that's new to you -  I'll be reading it for another challenge so will go with Solomon Northup's Twelve Years a Slave - unless I get inspired to read something else that is!

11. A classic that scares you - This was an easy choice - Dante's The Divine Comedy. If only it turned out to be an easy read as well.

12. Re-read a favorite classic - Another easy choice. If I survive Dante I'll deserve a treat so I'll read Pride and Prejudice.


  1. Ooo, intriguing list! I enjoy reading your reading notes, so am looking forward to another year :-)

    I don't know if it's available to you there, but my teens and I very much liked Dante's Ciardi translation ... here's a link to the US Amazon site, so you can have a look ...

    1. Thanks Penelope. I'LL see if the library has that translation. I'm never happy with my reading notes. I did consider not signing up for the challenge so I could just read and not have to bother with the writing!

    2. I understand! Myself, I love having the record of what I have read, to look back over months or years later -- so ai make an effort to keep a bare bones listing on blog and paper ... But writing reviews and reflecting on whatall I've read isn't something that comes easily to me. In any case, I truly appreciate when you (and other blogger-friends I read) write about what they've read. i am always interested in other people's thoughts on books, and so often am inspired to look up this or that title.