Back to the Classics 2014 Challenge


Okay, I can’t resist it.

This challenge is hosted by Karen at Books and Chocolate; the sign-up post is here.

“Classics” here means books more than 50 years old, i.e. published no later than 1964.

There are six required categories, four optional categories, and an extra fun challenge.  Participants are encouraged to list their proposed books in advance, so here are mine:


  1. A 20th Century Classic – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Anita Loos (1925).  Just so that the list won’t be too heavy! 
  2. A 19th Century Classic – Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad (1899).  I made two attempts at this on my Kindle earlier this year, and gave up pretty quickly.  Perhaps I’ll go for the audio version this time.
  3. A Classic by a Woman Author – Castle Rackrent, Maria Edgeworth (1800).
  4. A Classic in Translation  – Eugene Onedin, Alexander Pushkin (1825).  (I know there’s a readalong happening somewhere soon, but I don’t expect to participate – I won’t get to this until later in the year).  [Alternative: Peig, Peig Sayers (1931), an Irish-language classic from my schooldays.]
  5. A Wartime Classic  – China Sky, Pearl S. Buck (1941).  [Alternative: Rags of Glory, Stuart Boete (1963)]
  6. A Classic by an Author Who Is New To You – The Wild Irish Girl, Lady Sydney Morgan (1806).  Not only is she completely new to me, I’ve just learned that this book was written in response to Castle Rackrent, my #3 above, which is a neat link-up
Optional Categories:
  1. An American Classic – Little Women, Louisa M. Alcott (1868)
  2. A Classic Mystery, Suspense or Thriller – Something from the Maigret series, Georges Simenon
  3. A Historical Fiction Classic – one of Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances, possibly Regency Buck
  4. A Classic That’s Been Adapted Into a Movie or TV Series – Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell (1936)
  5. Extra Fun Category:  Write a Review of the Movie or TV Series adapted from Optional Category #4 – not sure if I’ll do this, but we’ll see!

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