Back to the Classics Challenge 2019!!

1. 19th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1800 and 1899.

The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy (1878)

2. 20th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1900 and 1969.

In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden (1969)

3. Classic by a Female Author.

A Josephine Tey title…or George Eliot??

4. Classic in Translation.

War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy (1867) or something by Jules Verne or 

5. Classic Comedy. Any comedy or humorous work.

Three Men in a Boat (1889) by Jerome K. Jerome or a book by Gerald Durrell

6. Classic Tragedy.

? The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)

7. Very Long Classic.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (1862) or ??

8. Classic Novella. Any work of narrative fiction shorter than 250 pages.

The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy (1886)

9. Classic From the Americas (includes the Caribbean). Includes classic set in either continent or the Caribbean, or by an author originally from one of those countries.

I have no idea…maybe something by Willa Cather, Edith Wharton or Rex Stout

10. Classic From Africa, Asia, or Oceania (includes Australia).

The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki (Japan, 1943) or a Nevil Shute title (Australia);

11. Classic From a Place You\’ve Lived. Read locally! Any classic set in a city, county, state or country in which you\’ve lived.

So for me, this is either Scotland, Australia or New Zealand.

12. Classic Play. Any play written or performed at least 50 years ago.

I\’ll be going with Shakespeare. Perhaps The Merchant of Venice.

For details of the 2019 Back to the Classics Challenge see Karen\’s guidelines at Books & Chocolate.

17 thoughts on “Back to the Classics Challenge 2019!!

  1. This is a great looking list. Of the books thaf I have read I would recamend them all. Of this books that I have not read I would like to read. I love all the different categories. Picking books to fit into them seems like fun.


  2. Brian, some of the things I like best about this challenge are choosing the books for the categories, reading books I probably wouldn’t read otherwise & the community aspect of the challenge.


  3. I can never conform to these sort of challenges but I love reading other people's. This is a great looking list. I've read some of them. Did I miss it, or I guess the list does not include a biography of a classic author? I think that would be a good add.


  4. Great list! This time you have some biggies on there! I can't wait to see what you choose for #11. I'm always so hesitant to set a list but I did this year. Now I'll just have to see if I stick to it. Have a great challenge and happy reading! 🙂


  5. No, you're right, Sharon, it doesn't have that category. I found a book the other day by an author whose name I recognised although I haven't read anything by her yet – Catherine Drinker Bowen. 'Beloved Friend' The Story of Tchaikovsky & Nadejda Von Meck (1937).


  6. Thanks, Cleo. I like to browse everyone's lists even if they end up not doing the books they listed. I sort of go with what I feel like at the time although there's been a couple of books I had to push myself to read & I ended up really liking them.


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