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 categories for the 2016 Back to the Classics Challenge.
I inserted in italics the book I plan to read for that category
1. A 19th Century Classic – any book published between 1800 and 1899.
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
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.
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
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.