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.
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 (Bosnia)
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.