The Back to the Classics Challenge for 2018 is already up. I plan to participate. This would be my 4th year doing it. It’s a challenge that fits my love for the classics. It’s a nice way of seeing what classics others read, and I have much fun picking titles for each of the 12 categories, -even though I have tweaked titles every single year.

I’m using this post to start brainstorming about my possible selections.

1. A 19th century classic – any book published between 1800 and 1899.

La corte de Carlos IV, Galdós

2. A 20th century classic – any book published between 1900 and 1968.

True Grit, Charles Portis

3. A classic by a woman author.

Mansfield Park, Jane Austen

4. A classic in translation.

The Cross, Sigrid Undset, #3 of Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy

5. A children’s classic.

The Silver Chair, C.S. Lewis

6. A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie

7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction.

Look Back on Happiness, Knut Hamsun

8. A classic with a single-word title.

Alfanhuí, Sánchez Ferlosio

Persuasion, Jane Austen

9. A classic with a color in the title.

The Scarlet Plague, (La peste escarlata), Jack London

10. A classic by an author that’s new to you.

A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf

11. A classic that scares you.

East of Eden, Steinbeck

12. Re-read a favorite classic.

The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald

19 thoughts on “Back to the Classics, 2018

    1. You did? I was a bit put off by how hard the topic. I remember it has some dialect, and that’s always hard for me to understand. It’s well written, that is unquestionable.


      1. Sometimes when a book is dialect-heavy, I like to listen to the audio version. I find I can hear how it’s really meant to be read that way, and I feel like I develop a bit of an internal ear that helps me read that accent later on too.

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      2. Yes, Rob, I forgot about that, I too love to start off with an audio and develop that inner ear, or do audio all the way.


  1. Nice list! I love Wharton so I’m always excited to see her on someone’s list. I also love Steinbeck, both of those are excellent — Cannery Row has some very funny moments. And Persuasion is one of my all-time favorites, so it might end up as my classic re-read. Thanks for signing up again!

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  2. Steinbeck is on my classics to-be-read list. I’ve not read anything by Wharton or Woolf. I have read The Scarlet Letter. War and Peace is on my classics list but it scares/intimidates me too! So does Les Miserables which is what I’m going to try to get read this coming year.

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  3. I’ve jsut finished my last book for the 2017 Challenge. I thought I’d have a break from challenges next year but I don’t thibk that’s going to happen. It does stretch my reading & I think that’s a good thing. I just have trouble deciding – War & Peace, Anna K, Lord of the Rings are some epics I’d like to read & I like the categories Karen has chosen for 2018.

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    1. I know, the challenges are so good. I find that I always read within the parameters of the classics, so for me, the challenge is fun. I see you do other challenges that I like, but I belong to a book club, and I read with Kim, so I cannot do more.


  4. I’m a bit behind on my blogs right now, but it looks like you’ll have a great list this year. I should probably read an Agatha Christie book at some point actually, so maybe I switch her in.

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  5. I read my first Edith Wharton last year and loved it. I can’t wait to read more of her books! Same thing with Agatha Christie – I read two of her books last year and can’t believe I hadn’t read them sooner. Good luck with the challenge! 🙂

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