Back to the Classics Challenge 2018

Since I started this blog, I have been following other book-loving bloggers that actually write posts about books. With some envy, I have noticed that many of them participate in different challenges, readathons, and whatnot. It looked like fun! So this year, I’ll try out my own strength at reading challenges. I have chosen ‘Back to the Classics Challenge 2018’ organized by

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

I’m thinking about Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter.”

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

I have my eye on this one for a while now, and I think it’s time make closer acquaintance with Gabriel García Márquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude” (I have heard so many good things that I have no idea why I haven’t read it yet).

3.  A classic by a woman author

I’m planning to read one of Charlotte Brontë’s books.

4.  A classic in translation

Well, this can be basically anything. I might tackle something from a Russian or a French author. I’ll need to think about it some more.

5. A children’s classic

Uhh, I don’t know (not my genre at all…). This will require more research!

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

I might re-read something from Agatha Christie. I used to love her books as a teenager. It might be time to revisit one of my old favorites that I’ve totally forgotten.

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

Again, not my usual genre of choice, but I might try reading Thor Heyerdahl’s “Kon-Tiki: Across The Pacific In A Raft.”

8. A classic with a single-word title

I might settle for Yevgeny Zamyatin’s “We.” Not that many books with one-word titles out there as I imagined.

9. A classic with a color in the title

I think I owe it to Anne to finally read L.M. Montgomery’s “Anne of Green Gables.”

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

I think the options are endless with this one. I might pick a Latvian author to include some local literature in the challenge.

11. A classic that scares you

There are quite a few scary big books like Victor Hugo’s “Les Misérables” or Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina.” I’ll have to assess my stamina and endurance before jumping on this adventure.

12. Re-read a favorite classic

I won’t be original because one of my guilty girly pleasures is Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” Seriously, I don’t know how many times I’ve read the book or watched the BBC adaptation.

I have to confess that I hope to get through 6 categories in 2018 (especially if I have a go at one of the scary books) – that’s my realistic objective with all the other readings I’ll have to do. On the other hand, I might surprise myself if my chosen books turn out to be page turners. We’ll just have to wait and see the result at the end of this year! 🙂

6 thoughts on “Back to the Classics Challenge 2018”

  1. I have kind of made up my own classic challenge. Read a classic in a limited amount of time, which are summer and Christmas

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  2. 100 Years of Solitude is fascinating and unusual. I highly recommend it. May I make a recommendation for a Children’s Classic….The Little Prince; I adore this book.

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