Well, let’s face it! I really thought I’m not gonna make it. I already knew that I won’t manage to read something in all 12 categories (please see the first post for more details), but as long as I can squeeze in 6 classic reads, I should be happy. As always, deadlines are the best motivators (or the end of the year holidays give you that little bit of extra time to catch up with unfinished reading). So I finished six books in ‘Back to the Classics Challenge 2018’ organized by Karen K. on her Books and Chocolate blog; therefore, I’m eligible for one entry in the drawing of the winner. I have posted my full reviews on Goodreads that I have linked to each title below.
- A 19th-century classic– any book published between 1800 and 1899.
As planned, I read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter” [full review]. It was probably my least favorite classic read of the year, but at least I’ve gotten it out of my way and won’t need to wonder what’s the big deal every time I hear a reference to this book in a movie or a TV show.
- A 20th-century classic– any book published between 1900 and 1968.
I tackled with Gabriel García Márquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude” [full review]. This one probably took me the longest to get through. I found it unnecessary drawn out and long. However, I cannot deny the literary merit of the book.
- A classic by a woman author
I used the chance to read something from Brontë sisters – Charlotte Brontë “The Professor” [full review].
- A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Thor Heyerdahl’s “Kon-Tiki: Across The Pacific In A Raft” [full review]. It was my last classic read of the year and a good choice as I found a lot more interesting and engaging as expected.
- A classic with a single-word title
I always like to mix things up; therefore, when a category allows it, I prefer to choose something from a previously unused genre. So I chose Yevgeny Zamyatin’s “We” [full review]. It nicely complemented my previous dystopian reads and I would recommend this one to anyone who struggled with Orwell’s “1984.” It’s a bit easier to read, but still true to the genre.
- A classic by an author that’s new to you
I picked up Nevil Shute’s “A Town Like Alice” [full review] by accident when looking for a light summer read. I was surprised to discover it’s a classic by an author I’ve never even heard before. Admittedly, it was one of my favorite classic reads of the year and I will pick up some other of his books next year for sure.
I was really happy to do the Back to the Classics Challenge this year as it pushed me to read more of the old stuff. Some books I enjoyed more than the others, but all of them were worth my time. All my respect to those who managed all 12 categories. I really wish I could have included a classic that scares me, but all of those have too many pages (and it could have landed me in a serious reading slump).
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