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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