Thursday, December 20, 2018

Back to the Classics Challenge 2019

Hosted by: Karen K @ Books and Chocolate
Dates: 1 January - 31 December, 2019

I really thought I'd finished signing up for next year's reading challenges, but you know how it is.

This year I read almost nothing but whodunnits and thrillers. Nothing wrong with that, of course — but I'd like to read some of the classic lit I've always intended to read but just never got around to. So, here I go again....

The 2019 Back to the Classics Challenge is composed of twelve categories. I probably won’t plan to complete all twelve, but I think I should be able to manage six. And at the moment, I'm thinking I might choose from these:

1. 19th Century Classic - Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë

2. 20th Century Classic - Where Angels Fear to Tread, by E.M. Forster

3. Classic By a Female Author - Cranford, by Elizabeth Gaskell

4. Classic in Translation - Demian, by Hermann Hesse

5. Classic Comic Novel - The Code of the Woosters, by P.G. Wodehouse

6. Classic Tragic Novel - The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton

7. Very Long Classic - The Wings of the Dove, by Henry James

8. Classic Novella - The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka

9. Classic From the Americas (includes the Caribbean) - Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys

10. Classic From Africa, Asia, or Oceania (includes Australia) - The Grass Is Singing, by Doris Lessing (Africa)

11. Classic From a Place You've Lived - Horseman, Pass By, by Larry McMurtry (Texas)

12. Classic Play - Lady Windermere's Fan, by Oscar Wilde

But those plans are definitely subject to change, and I’ve got a long list of alternate choices over on my challenge blog. And that’s where I’ll track my progress during the year.


  1. These are fun categories, best wishes on your 2019 classics reading. I am always reading an Anthony Trollope novel and bought my first Gaskell novel to read soon, don't have it at hand, the title is Wives and Daughters or some such, it is supposed to have humor in it.

    1. I have several Gaskell books on my TBR lists. Can't really believe I've never read anything by her. Hoping to remedy that next year. Best wishes to you, too!

  2. I should join this. I have been chastised of late for never having read "Anne of Green Gables" or Stuart Little". Those will be what I start the new year with.

    1. They sound like good books to start the year with. I've never read either of them myself, so maybe I'll put them on my list for 2019.

  3. Some nice choices here (one I disliked, but I want sour your opinion in advance). Enjoy!


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