Back to the Classics 2019

Last year I had the lovely intention of working through a book challenge. Interesting note is that I do not enjoy being boxed in by a challenge. What I read is highly influenced by mood and chaos level. I fully intended to jump into the new year with no reading challenges, no scheduled reading lists. Naturally, I do have a short list of books that I plan to read but no strict expectations!

Of course, I wavered. A friend, Sodbuster Living,  mentioned the Back to the Classics 2019 challenge and I was intrigued. I do read classic books and enjoy them. However, there are some books and authors that I have not been willing to tackle (Hello, Dickens!). So with a simple challenge and a friend, I’m jumping in.

Here is the Back to the Classics 2019 Book Selections covering twelve categories:

1 – 19th Century Classic – A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.  My eldest daughter loves Dickens. Another daughter loved A Tale of Two Cities. This is the year I appreciate Dickens.

2 – 20th Century Classic (published between 1900-1969) – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. This has been on my TBR list forever. Definitely time to check it off the list.

3 – Classic by a Woman AuthorSense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. I am currently reading through her novels aloud with my children. Our current selection is Pride and Prejudice and we are close to completion. While we only read Austen on Wednesdays, I should be able to complete Sense and Sensibility for this challenge.

4 – Classic in TranslationThe Mysterious Island by Jules Verne. The book synopsis sounds intriguing. So why not?

5 – Classic Comic Novel – The Inimitable Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse. My daughters have enjoyed his books for a few years. This was an easy selection to make! Since I gave my daughter a copy of this title, she will let me borrow it, right?

6 – Classic Tragic NovelWuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite classic novel. Will I enjoy this Bronte as much?

7 – Very Long ClassicThe Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas or Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca WestI’m torn between these two. I may read a chapter or two from each and see which one captures me first. I could not read both, could I?

8 – Classic NovellaDr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Have I read this before? I have no recollection whatsoever. We shall remedy that this year!

9 – Classic from the AmericasThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. How can I not read one of my son’s favorite books?

10 – Classics from Africa, Asia, and Oceania (includes Australia)The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. This was actually on my list to read last year but failed to make it a priority.

11 – Classic from the Place You LivedThe Fair Lady of Halifax by Ronleigh de Conval. I’m not sure why but I had a bit of difficulty finding a book set in my area. If this doesn’t prove to be engaging, I may make a switch to a regional selection.

12 – Classic PlayAs You Like It or The Winter’s Tale by Shakespeare. Perhaps both? I read Shakespeare with my children (a most delightful way to tackle Shakespeare), so depending on our speed, I may get two in! (Have to finish Twelfth Night first.)

Now let the reading begin!




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5 thoughts on “Back to the Classics 2019

  1. UM! THIS IS FUN! I LOVE your list!

    I have tried to read A Tale of Two Cities… and it has been the worst of times for me, for 4 tries! 😉
    I can’t wait to hear what you think of ATGIB.
    I am beginning to add Jules Verne to my favorite authors. I don’t think I have even heard of this title!
    JEEVES! I love Jeeves. Great one!
    Withering Heights. Oh my. Good luck! (misspelled intended)
    Ooooh. I haven’t heard of your second option. Intriguing. I vote that one!
    Yes! I have read Jekyll and Hyde. It was right up there with Picture of Dorian Gray in my book. LOL!
    Tom eh? It is a good audio. You don’t like audio though, right?
    Ooooh I’ve wanted to read Buck’s books. Good choice.
    Good luck on Shakespeare. You have been kicking it out of the park on those! As for a classic in your area, kudos! I found this prompt the most challenging!
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