Books and Chocolate has a great challenge for 2018 for people who want to read more classics – the Back to The Classics Reading Challenge. I already have a goal to read lots of classics this year, but I thought it would be fun to start with a challenge to get the ball rolling.
This was actually a lot harder than I had expected to pick out books for each category since the books had to be at least 50 years old or older to qualify – there were a few titles I had picked that were juuuuust over 1968 and so I had to pick something else.
Here’s what I picked out for each category:
A 19th century classic: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (1855)
A 20th century classic:
Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys (1939)
A classic by a woman author: The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (1905)
A classic in translation: Invitation to a Beheading by Vladimir Nabakov (1936)
A children’s classic: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937)
A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction:
Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie (1930)
A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction: On The Road by Jack Kerouac (1957)
A classic with a single-word title: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818)
A classic with a colour in the title: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (1859)
A classic by an author that’s new to you: Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (1874)
A classic that scares you: Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1936 – 1,448 pages)
Re-read a favourite classic: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (1931)
This took me much longer to compile a list than I thought it would! According to the rules, you don’t have to make a list of what you’re going to read but I like having a guideline.
Have you read any of these classics? Are you participating in the Back To Classics Challenge? What classic novels are you most looking forward to reading this year?