Classics Challenge

I’m enjoying reading new authors at the moment, but I don’t want to neglect the classics! I thought I’d do the Books and Chocolate (I know) Classics Challenge. here’s my list:

1. 19th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1800 and 1899. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
2. 20th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1900 and 1970. All books in this category must have been published at least 50 years ago. The only exceptions are books that were published posthumously but were written at least 50 years ago. The Ministry of Fear – Graham Greene
 
3. Classic by a Woman Author. The Awakening – Kate Chopin
 
4. Classic in Translation. Any classic originally written in a novel other than your native language. You may read the book in your native language, or its original language (or a third language for all you polyglots). Modern translations are acceptable, as long as the book was originally published at least 50 years ago. Books in translation are acceptable in all other categories as well. The Brothers Karamazov – Dostoevsky
5. Classic by a Person of Color. Any classic work by a non-white author. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
6. A Genre Classic. Any classic novel that falls into a genre category — fantasy, science fiction, Western, romance, crime, horror, etc. The Time Machine – HG Wells
7. Classic with a Person’s Name in the Title. First name, last name or both. Examples include Ethan Frome; Emma; Madam Bovary; Anna Karenina; Daniel Deronda; David Copperfield, etc. Death of Ivan Ilyich – Tolstoy
 
8. Classic with a Place in the Title. Any classic with the proper name of a place (real or fictional) – a country, region, city, town, village, street, building, etc. Examples include Notre Dame de Paris; Mansfield Park; East of Eden; The Canterbury Tales; Death on the Nile; etc. East of Eden – Steinbeck
9. Classic with Nature in the Title. A classic with any element of nature in the title (not including animals). Examples include The Magic Mountain; The Grapes of Wrath; The Jungle; A High Wind in Jamaica; Gone With the Wind; Under the Volcano; etc. The Black Cat – Edgar Allan Poe
10. Classic About a Family. This classic should have multiple members of the same family as principal characters, either from the same generation or multiple different generations.  Updated: Family members in the title are also acceptable.Examples include Sense and Sensibility; Wives and Daughters; The Brothers Karamazov; Fathers and Sons; The Good Earth; Howards End; and The Makioka Sisters. East Lynne  – Mrs Henry Wood
11. Abandoned Classic. Choose a classic that you started and just never got around to finishing, whether you didn’t like it at or just didn’t get around to it. Now is the time to give it another try. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
12. Classic Adaptation. Any classic that’s been adapted as a movie or TV series. If you like, you can watch the adaptation and include your thoughts in your book review. It’s not required but it’s always fun to compare. The Ladies’ Paradise – Emile Zola
Wish me luck! It looks like a slightly daunting list…

About sarahsouthwest

I'm now in my early 50s. I started writing again as a way of exploring the world, and feel that over the last 2 years I have really grown as a writer. By day I work with children and young people with mental health difficulties. I juggle my own two children, my work, my writing practice, generally managing to keep all the balls up in the air.
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3 Responses to Classics Challenge

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  2. Amy Sallis says:

    Great list! I thought about reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin too… but Harriet Beecher Stow is not herself a POC.

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