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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Back to the Classics Challenge 2016 - Wrap Up

I knew at the beginning of 2016 I probably wouldn’t finish all 12 books from my
Back to the Classics Challenge 2016, but I managed to finish nine – all hyperlinked below to their respective reviews.

Challenges completed.  These were all excellent but my favorites were The Count of Monte Cristo and Atlas Shrugged

#1 A 19th Century Classic: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)
#2 A 20th Century Classic: The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles (1949)
#3 A classic by a woman author: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
#5 A classic by a non-white author: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
#6 An adventure classic: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
#7 A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic:  Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
#8 A classic detective novel: The Man Who was Thursday: A Nightmare by G.K Chesterton
#11 A classic you read in school (high school or college): Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
#12 A volume of classic short stories: Flannery O’Connor: The Complete Stories

The Three I didn’t get to:

#4 A classic in translation
#9 A classic which includes the name of a place in the title
#10 A classic which has been banned or censored

Thanks to the hosts at Books and Chocolate. It is a great challenge. I’ll give it a go again in 2017 – watch for reading list, coming soon.



  1. Woohoo....9 out of 12 is brilliant! Also some of those books are chunksters!! Way to go!

  2. You did quite well for yourself, especially with a couple of whoppers in there like Atlas Shrugged and War and Peace. Bravo! I am participating in 2017 and looking forward to it.

    1. Thanks. I'm glad you're participating. I have my probably choices about ready, but I may wait until January 1...just to be dramatic.


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