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In combination with my 2nd year in the Classics Club, I’m going to try to Back to the Classics Challenge in 2017.

The Challenge consists in covering between 6 to 12 of these categories, and the books must have been written by 1967, or posthumously published.
Right now I’m aiming at 9 titles, because there are others I plan to read this year for the Classics Club, but they can’t count here because they were published after 1967!

And here are the 6 categories I completed for the 2016 Back to the Classics Challenge.

2.  A 20th Century Classic – any book published between 1900 and 1967.
The Screwtape Letters (1942), by C. S. Lewis

3.  A classic by a woman author.
Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927), by Willa Cather

4.  A classic in translation,  or in its original language or the original language.
Moderato Cantabile (1958) – read in French

7.  A Gothic or horror classic. For a good definition of what makes a book Gothic, and an excellent list of possible reads, please see this list on Goodreads.
My Cousin Rachel

8.  A classic with a number in the title.
The Sign of Four

9.  A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title.
The Hound of the Baskervilles

Other categories I didn’t get to cover:

1.  A 19th Century Classic – any book published between 1800 and 1899.
Walden (1854)


5.  A classic published before 1800.
The Castle of Otranto

6.  A romance classic. I’m pretty flexible here about the definition of romance. It can have a happy ending or a sad ending, as long as there is a strong romantic element to the plot.

10. A classic set in a place you’d like to visit. It can be real or imaginary.
The Bridge on the Drina

11. An award-winning classic. Just mention in your blog post what award your choice received.

12. A Russian Classic. 2017 will be the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, so read a classic by any Russian author.