I am joining this challenge because I do love reading the classics. I remember the first books that I bought when I have been able to afford them where classic literature --mythology, Shakespeare and other classic stories. So, this challenge is right up my alley. This would also allow me to read the books I bought that I have not finished or have not gotten to read.
If you want to join the challenge, click on the picture and you will taken to the original post by Karen of Books and Chocolate who is hosting this. And to add excitement to the challenge, there is a prize waiting for those able to finish this.
I have listed books under each category and those highlighted had been read and those checked, a review has been posted.
Here's how it works:
The challenge will be exactly the same as last year, 12 classic books, but with slightly different categories. You do not have to read all 12 books to participate in this challenge!
And here are the categories for the 2016 Back to the Classics Challenge:
1. A 19th century classic - any book published between 1800 and 1899.
☐ Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
2. A 20th century classic - any book published between 1900 and 1967. Just like last year, all books MUST have been published at least 50 years ago to qualify. The only exception is books written at least 50 years ago, but published later, such as posthumous publications.
☐ Lord of the Flies by William Golding
3. A classic by a woman author.
☐ Emma by Jane Austen
4. A classic in translation. Any book originally written published in a language other than your native language. Feel free to read the book in your language or the original language. (You can also read books in translation for any of the other categories). Modern translations are acceptable as long as the original work fits the guidelines for publications as explained in the challenge rules.
☐ Oedipus the King (play) by Sophocles (Greek)
☐ The Art of War (non-fiction) by Sun Wu (Chinese)
5. A classic originally published before 1800. Plays and epic poems are acceptable in this category. Translations can be modern in this category also.
☐ The Iliad by Homer
6. A romance classic. I'm pretty flexible here about the definition of romance. It can have a happy ending or a sad ending, as long as there is a strong romantic element to the plot.
☐ The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
☐ Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
7. A Gothic or horror classic. For a good definition of what makes a book Gothic, and an excellent list of possible reads, please see this list on Goodreads.
☐ The Pit and the Pendullum by Edgar Allan Poe
8. A classic with a number in the title. Examples include A Tale of Two Cities, Three Men in a Boat, The Nine Tailors, Henry V, Fahrenheit 451, etc. An actual number is required -- for example, Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None would not qualify, but The Seven Dials Mystery would.
☐ Henry V
9. A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title. It can be an actual animal or a metaphor, or just the name in the title. Examples include To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, The Metamorphosis, White Fang, etc. If the animal is not obvious, please clarify it in your post.
☐ Of Mice and Men
☐ Charlotte's Web
10. A classic set in a place you'd like to visit. It can be real or imaginary: The Wizard of Oz, Down and Out in Paris and London, Death on the Nile, etc.
☐ Gulliver's Travle by Jonathan Swift
☐ Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
11. An award-winning classic. It could be the Newbery award, the Prix Goncourt, the Pulitzer Prize, the James Tait Award, etc. Any award, just mention in your blog post what award your choice received. It must be an actual award-winner; runners-up and nominees do not count.
☐ The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
☐ A Street Car Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
12. A Russian classic. 2017 will be the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, so read a classic by any Russian author.
☐ War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
☐ The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
And now, the rest of the rules: