2019 Back to the Classics
I love the Back to the Classics Challenge hosted by Books and Chocolate, but I've been hit or miss with it over the years. The prompts are good and I enjoy participating, but I have failed several times to sign up in time. But I got on board in time for 2019 and I finished the six book I signed up to read!
The idea is to read six, nine, or 12 books published more than 50 years ago, one each from a list of categories. Other than being more than 50 years old, Karen at Books and Chocolate does not strictly define a “classic” book. However, she provides guidelines for each of her categories.
I signed up in 2019 at the six-book level, and ended up reading nine.
CATEGORIES AND BOOKS READ
- 19th Century Classic: The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy (originally published in 1878)
- 20th Century Classic: Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot (originally published in 1939)
- Classic by a Woman Author: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
- Classic in Translation: The Heart-Keeper by Françoise Sagan (translated from French)
- Classic Comic Novel: Agents and Patients by Anthony Powell
- Classic Tragic Novel:
- Very Long Classic (over 500 pages): Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (608 pages)
- Classic Novella: Lady Into Fox by David Garnett (96 pages)
- Classic from the Americas (includes the Caribbean): The Professor's House by Willa Cather (there is a New Mexico story line involving indigenous peoples and artifacts that is dated but still thought provoking)
- Classic from Africa, Asia, or Oceania (includes Australia):
- Classic from a Place You’ve Lived: The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy (England)
- Classic Play:
I didn't review any of the books I read for this challenge -- I haven't had much time to review books lately! So I'm just happy to have read my nine books even though I don't qualify for the drawing. Like I said, I'm a little hit or miss with this one. Oh well. Book blogging is supposed to be fun!