Back to the Classics Challenge 2021: Classic by a New-to-Me Author

The one thing I love about joining reading challenges is that I get to discover new authors. More than once, it has lead to new favorite books (plural because there is no such thing as THE favorite book). This year Back to the Classics Challenge hosted by Karen on her Books and Chocolate blog has a special category dedicated to New-to-the-Reader (me) authors. I picked out Winston Graham’s novel Marnie that had been waiting in my TBR pile for more than a year or two. I remember that Marnie was an impulse buy back in the day when taking your time to browse around in a bookstore was still a thing. I love reading a good thriller once in a while, and I figured that Alfred Hitchcock wouldn’t have based his movie on any old boring book. It’s my first read by Winston Graham despite his long list of novels. The name Poldark, however, rings a bell, so I might not be all that hopeless.

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Back to the Classics Challenge 2021: Classic by a Favorite Author

I discovered Nevil Shute’s books by accident a couple of years ago. I just randomly picked up his book A Town Like Alice in a bookstore for a light summer read. Little did I know that I’ve unearthed a master storyteller that will instantly become one of my favorite classic authors. Since then, I keep one or two of Shute’s books on my shopping wish list; therefore, it was an easy choice for this year’s Back to the Classics Challenge. After some deliberation, I picked out Shute’s novel No Highway. As always, I didn’t really know what type of story I will get because Shute can pretty much write anything.

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Back to the Classics Challenge 2021

The end of the so-called terrible year is almost here and it’s time to start making plans for the next one. I skipped the Back to the Classics Challenge 2020 but I feel it’s something I want to pick up again for the next year. So, this is my sign-up post for the Back to the Classics Challenge 2021 hosted by Karen K. on her Books and Chocolate blog. It’s a year-long challenge in which I will try to read at least six classics that are already sitting on my shelf or will be in the near future (the ultimate goal is 12 but that usually doesn’t happen). I like to put together a preliminary list of reading material for this challenge to make it more fun.

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Back to the Classics Challenge 2019: Final Wrap-Up

The year is coming to an end, so it’s time to look back at how I did with the Classics Challenge organized by I have to admit that it wasn’t a smooth reading experience. I managed to finish 6 books. However, I constantly changed my reading plans and almost ended up reading everything but the books I mentioned in my sign-up post. Anyhow, I’m glad that I managed to complete the challenge with some dignity (6 categories are the bare minimum to make it count). And considering that I read 25 to 30 books a year, 6 classics seems reasonable (they are usually slow reads, you know). Continue reading “Back to the Classics Challenge 2019: Final Wrap-Up”

Back to the Classics Challenge 2019

I don’t like to stress myself too much when it comes to reading but I enjoyed catching up and discovering new classics throughout 2018; therefore, I’ve decided to sign up for another round.  So, I’m joining the ‘Back to the Classics Challenge 2019’ organized by

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Back to the Classics Challenge 2018: Final Wrap-Up

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.

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