Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Back to the Classics 2016

Back to the Classics 2016


This is my first time participating in a book challenge, and I'm really looking forward to it!  Here's the link to the blogger hosting this challenge.

http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/2015/12/back-to-classics-2016.html

Here's how it works:

The challenge will be exactly the same as last year, 12 classic books, but with slightly different categories. You do not have to read 12 books to participate in this challenge!

  • Complete six categories, and you get one entry in the drawing
  • Complete nine categories, and you get two entries in the drawing
  • Complete all twelve categories, and you get three entries in the drawing
And here are the categories for the 2016 Back to the Classics Challenge:

1.  A 19th Century Classic - any book published between 1800 and 1899.


2.  A 20th Century Classic - any book published between 1900 and 1966.Just like last year, all books MUST have been published at least 50 years ago to qualify. The only exception is books written at least 50 years ago, but published later.


3.  A classic by a woman author


4.  A classic in translation.  Any book originally written published in a language other than your native language. Feel free to read the book in your language or the original language.


5.  A classic by a non-white author. Can be African-American, Asian, Latino, Native American, etc.


6.  An adventure classic - can be fiction or non-fiction.


7.  A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic. Dystopian could include classics like Animal Farm or 1984.


8.  A classic detective novel. It must include a detective, amateur or professional. This list of books from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction is a great starting point if you're looking for ideas.


9.  A classic which includes the name of a place in the title.  It can be the name of a house, a town, a street, etc. Examples include Bleak HouseMain StreetThe Belly of Paris, or The Vicar of Wakefield.


10. A classic which has been banned or censored. If possible, please mention why this book was banned or censored in your review.


11. Re-read a classic you read in school (high school or college).  If it's a book you loved, does it stand the test of time?  If it's a book you disliked, is it any better a second time around?


12. A volume of classic short stories. This must be one complete volume, at least 8 short stories. Children's stories are acceptable in this category only.

Drum roll, please!!  So, here is my list of books for each category.  I reserve the right to change or substitute a book if necessary, but I will make sure and  note it if I do.  I will review each book that I read--to clarify, I'm not promising to read every one of these books this year, but I'm going to do my best!!

1.     1.        A 19th Century Classic - Persuasion

2.  A 20th Century Classic -  Puck of Pooks Hill

3.  A classic by a woman author - Middlemarch


4.  A classic in translation. -  I Promessi Sposi and/or The Leopard

5.  A classic by a non-white author. – A Raisin in the Sun

6.  An adventure classic King Solomon’s Mines


7.  A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic.  Animal Farm

8.  A classic detective novel. The Murders in the Rue Morgue

9.  A classic which includes the name of a place in the title. - Cranford

10. A classic which has been banned or censored. To Kill a Mockingbird

11. Re-read a classic you read in school (high school or college). - Little Women


12. A volume of classic short stories. Just So Stories

Happy Reading!!

8 comments:

  1. Great list! Quite a few I didn't think of!

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    1. Thank you! The Fantasy/Science Fiction/Dystopian was the hardest as that's not a genre I read, but I need to pre-read this for school anyway so two birds with one stone! ;-)

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  2. Persuasion, Middlemarch, Cranford -- some of my favorites!! (And you could also use Middlemarch in the book named for a place category!) Great list! Thanks for signing up for this challenge!

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  3. I have read six of your choices and they are all good. My favourite of those is Persuasion, so beautiful!

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    1. I've read some of Jane Austen, but hadn't read Persuasion yet. I can't wait!

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  4. Great choices: Persuasion, To Kill a Mockingbird, Little Women, and Animal Farm.

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    1. Little Women is an old favorite. Looking forward to reading it again as well as some lovely classics new to me!

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