I heard about the Back to the Classics challenge too late to join last year, so I was glad when Karen of Books and Chocolate decided to host it again. Visit the sign-up post for the full rules, but basically the idea is to read and post about 6-12 classics (pre-1965) in different categories during the year. Participants who complete the challenge will be entered in a drawing for a $30 gift card, but everyone can share in the rewards of reading and discussing great books.
Here are my current ideas about what I would like to read, but that may change during the course of the year. For economy’s sake, I’ve overlapped with my Classics Club list and other events wherever possible — hey, it’s not against the rules!
A 19th Century Classic: Armadale by Wilkie Collins
A 20th Century Classic: Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
A Classic by a Woman Author: The Constant Nymph by Margaret Kennedy
A Classic in Translation: The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse
A Very Long Classic Novel: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
A Classic Novella: The Aspern Papers by Henry James
A Classic with a Person’s Name in the Title: Dr Thorne by Anthony Trollope
A Humorous or Satirical Classic: The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay
A Forgotten Classic: Saplings by Noel Streatfeild
A Nonfiction Classic: Three Houses by Angela Thirkell
A Classic Children’s Book: An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
A Classic Play: The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder
Are you participating in this or other challenges? What are your reading plans in 2015?
12 thoughts on “Back to the Classics Challenge”
What a great idea! I like the subgenres. And Henrietta's House is one of my favorite children's books (I read it under the title The Blue Hills.) Have you read A City of Bells, which comes before it?Thanks for the heads-up about the challenge – I will check it out!
Yes, I love A City of Bells! I'm looking to fill in some of my Elizabeth Goudge gaps for the reading week in April. I'm glad you found the Back to the Classics challenge — it's a good one.
I'm interested in the one by Alcott. I read Little Women for the first time this year, and I guess I'm just interested in anything she has to say about anything. I'll have to look into that title.
It's one of her (rare) novels for adults. I believe I started it years ago but never finished it…this is a good chance to motivate myself to finally do so. Thanks for stopping by!
I've got Work on my list for 2015 too. I love LM Alcott. 🙂
I signed up for this challenge, too. I'm still putting my list together, but my Forgotten Classic's book is one of Louisa May Alcott's, too: A Long Fatal Love Chase. It's my sitting on my shelf for ages and I think it's time to finally read it. I loved Mrs. Dalloway when I read it…good choice there! I'll have to post my list next month when I finally figure out what I'll be reading. 🙂 Good luck with yours!
It's fun to see everyone else's lists (when they have picked them). They're all so different! I'm feeling a renewed interest in Alcott and may well end up reading more by her too.
Good luck! Anna Karenina is a long book but it is absolutely fantastic, one of my favourites. It's also surprisingly easy to get through.
Yes! I'm glad to hear that. I'm really determined to make it happen this year too.
I was drawn to this one because of the literary period breakdown, too. Plus it's an excuse to read some books I've been meaning to read.
Let's hope everyone has a great year in that regard.