New year, new goals: Back to the Classics Challenge

This is a scheduled post.

The first challenge I decided (pretty much immediately) that I wanted to take part in over the New Year is the Back to the Classics challenge.  I quite often find myself putting off reading classic novels, especially some of the older ones, as I visualise them as being challenging and dry.  This often isn’t the case at all and I know this – yet still I put them off.  So, with that in mind I’m going to be reading at least one classic per month this year.  I thought the Back to the Classics challenge was a perfect way to structure this task, picking one book from each category, so I get a variety of classics and don’t just gravitate towards my safe zone.  I’ll be reviewing each one as I go along! You can see the books I’ve chosen below and in my “Other Challenges” tab.

Back to the Classics challenge


Challenge can be found here.  Many thanks to Karen at Books and Chocolate for running this challenge.  I’m gunning for one in each category (12 total) for this challenge.

  • A 19th Century Classic – Emma – Jane Austen (1815)
  • A 20th Century Classic – East of Eden – John Steinbeck (1952)
  • A Classic by a Woman Author – North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell (1855)
  • A Classic in Translation – Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert (1856)
  • A Very Long Classic Novel – Middlemarch – George Eliot
  • A Classic Novella – A Room with a View – EM Forster (Goodreads has my Kindle edition at 226 pages, with the limit being 250 so I hope this is okay, despite there being longer versions) (1908).
  • A Classic with a Person’s Name in the Title – Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens (1839)
  • A Humorous or Satirical Classic – Candide – Voltaire (1759)
  • A Forgotten Classic The Silver Darlings – Neil M. Gunn (1941)
  • A Nonfiction Classic – A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf (1929)
  • A Classic Children’s Book – Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson (1886)
  • A Classic Play – The Glass Menagerie – Tennessee Williams (1945)

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