It has recently come to my attention that Karen @ Blogs and Chocolate, is hosting the Back to the Classics Challenge. The idea of the challenge is to read a classic from each of twelve different categories. If you cannot read twelve you can read at least six or nine, but to read twelve is ideal- and gives you a greater chance at winning the prize ($30 U.S gift certificate for Amazon.com or Book Depository). It’s also better for bragging rights. The challenge seems to be an annual thing, but this was the first I have heard of it. I’m eager to give it a go, and my selection is as follows.
- A 19th century classic: Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
- A 20th century classic: The Problem of Pain, by C.S. Lewis
- A classic by a woman author: Strong Poison, by Dorothy L Sayers
- A classic in translation: The Pensées, by Pascal and translated by J.M. Cohen
- A classic originally published before 1800: The Song of Roland
- A romance classic: Cyrano De Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand
- A Gothic or horror classic: The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
- A classic with a number in the title: The Big Four, by Agatha Christie
- A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal: The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame
- A classic set in a place you’d like to visit: Rob Roy, by Sir Walter Scott
- An award-winning classic: Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell
- A Russian classic: the Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
I’ve already finished one of these books, and I’m partway reading two others. So far I’m enjoying myself, and I’m looking forward to checking books off my TBR list.
If anyone else is interested in the challenge, here is a link to the rules here: https://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.ca/2016/12/back-to-classics-2017.html
The deadline for the link up is March 1st.