Thursday, January 5, 2017

Back to the Classics Challenge 2017

Karen K. at the Books and Chocolate blog is hosting this great challenge again, and I love the categories this year! You can get all the info and sign up here. Here are the categories and my choices:

1.  A 19th Century Classic - any book published between 1800 and 1899. The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins (1868). I've been meaning to read this book ever since I fell in love with The Woman in White, so may as well do it in 2017!

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. Tender Is the Night  - F. Scott Fitzgerald (1934). This book is on the never-ending TBR pile, so may as well see what it's all about. 

3.  A classic by a woman author. Death Comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather (1927). I have liked the other Cather books I've read, and this one is conveniently on the TBR pile.

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). The Charterhouse of Parma - Stendahl (1839). I have been meaning to read Stendahl for ages, and this book is yet another TBR pile dust catcher, so it's time to check it out. It's translated from the original French.

5.  A classic published before 1800. Plays and epic poems are acceptable in this category also. The Art of War  - Sun Tzu (5th Century BCE). I feel like I have heard about this book a lot, and it's on the TBR pile so this is a no-brainer.

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. A Room with a View - E.M. Forster (1908). Who doesn't love the 1985 movie version with Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, and Julian Sands? I've never read the book so I think this is a good choice for this category.

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 House on the Borderland -William Hope Hodgson (1908). Another TBR Pile book that seems intriguing, and is evidently considered a horror classic. Sounds like it might be a good fit for October reading - ?

8.  A classic with a number in the title. Examples include A Tale of Two Cities, Three Men in a Boat, Slaughterhouse Five, Fahrenheit 451, etc. Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K. Jerome (1889). I know nothing about this book, so I should definitely check it out.

9.  A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title.  It an actual animal or a metaphor, or just the name. Examples include To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, The Metamorphosis, White Fang, etc.   The Metamorphosis  - Franz Kafka (1915). I happen to have a copy on the TBR pile, and although I read this ages and ages ago, it seems like now is a good time for a reread.

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. The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo (1831). This one is kind of cheating - I love Paris, and I happen to have been to Notre Dame before, but who could resist another trip? Plus, being able to travel back in time and see it at the time period in which the book takes place would be so cool - although I think I'd want to make it a short visit, I am a big fan of the modern conveniences like electricity and indoor plumbing!

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. The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton (won the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1921). I remember reading Ethan Frome in school and enjoying it, so I'd like to branch out a bit and read more Wharton.

12. A Russian Classic. 2017 will be the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, so read a classic by any Russian author. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1880). This book was my first thought when I saw this category, and I really liked Crime and Punishment, so I'll take this one on!

So there you have it! I'm looking forward to this challenge this year, I always enjoy this one, I'm pleased to participate again!

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful list. I love Archbishop and Bros K. I have also been to Notre Dame, and would love to revisit...but my Hugo this year is Les Mis, not Hunchback. Enjoy.