I didn’t think I was going to participate in any year long challenge this year. I did a Classics BINGO in 2015, and although it was a fun and challenging…ermmm... challenge, I knew I couldn’t do it again this year. I have some very lengthy reads coming up this year, and I know I’m not going to read 24.
However, thanks to Rob at Loose Logic, I learned about the Back to the Classics Challenge 2016, which is only twelve classics novels. That still might be a stretch, but you don’t need to complete the entire challenge to be entered in the year-end drawing. Yep…prizes and everything. Drawing for a prize, to be precise… hate to set the sponsor’s up for a messy lawsuit. Anyway, I was able to incorporate most of the categories into my regularly scheduled quest; so I’ve decided to give it a go.
I suppose some might say C&P is cheating for a detective novel, and that W&P is cheating for an adventure novel…but c’mon. Have you seen how BIG they are? If this is cheating…it’s pretty stupid cheating. So, I’m sticking with em, and blowing raspberries at anyone who doesn’t like it (‘cept Karen at Books and Chocolate, cuz she makes the rules.)
Anyway…my choices for the challenge categories, subject to change:
A 19th Century Classic: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813) A 20th Century Classic: The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles (1949) A classic by a woman author: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
- A classic in translation: Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
A classic by a non-white author: The Count ofMonte Cristo by Alexandre Duma An adventure classic: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand A classic detective novel: The Man Who was Thursday: A Nightmare by G.K Chesterton
- A classic which includes the name of a place in the title: Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara
- A classic which has been banned or censored: Probably Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Re-read
A classic you read in school (high school or college): Great Expectations by Charles Dickens A volume of classic short stories: FlanneryO’Connor: The Complete Stories