I’ve signed up for the Back to the Classics Challenge 2021 which is hosted by Karen @ Books and Chocolate. It’s a year long project so should be easy to complete!
Below are the categories for 2021 with my choice in each category in bold. A few of my choices also appear in my Classics Club list but I believe that is allowed.
1. A 19th century classic: any book first published from 1800 to 1899
Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott
2. A 20th century classic: any book first published from 1900 to 1971. All books must have been published at least 50 years ago; the only exceptions are books which were written by 1971 and posthumously published.
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin
3. A classic by a woman author.
The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
4. A classic in translation, meaning any book first published in a language that is not your primary language. You may read it in translation or in its original language, if you prefer.
Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
5. A classic by BIPOC author; that is, a non-white author.
The Rover by Aphra Behn
6. A classic by a new-to-you author, i.e., an author whose work you have never read.
The Deer Park by Norman Mailer
7. New-to-you classic by a favorite author — a new book by an author whose works you have already read.
The Masterpiece by Emile Zola
8. A classic about an animal, or with an animal in the title. The animal can be real or metaphorical. (i.e., To Kill a Mockingbird).
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
9. A children’s classic.
10. A humorous or satirical classic.
Jill the Reckless by P.G. Wodehouse
11. A travel or adventure classic (fiction or non-fiction). It can be a travelogue or a classic in which the main character travels or has an adventure.
The Illustrated Journeys of Celia Fiennes 1685-c1712
12. A classic play. Plays will only count in this category.
Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare
Obviously I intend to read more classics than this over the year, particularly Anthony Trollope. My project to read everything by him – and that’s a lot – has come to a halt this year for some reason.
Have you read any of these books?