Back to the Classics Challenge, 2020

The Back to the Classics Challenge is back again. I'd been toying with the idea of no reading challenges this year because of study load, but when I saw the categories, I couldn't resist and decided I can handle it, especially with the three children's classic titles we're allowed. It took a bit of thought, but here is a list I'll look forward to tackling in 2020. If you'd like to participate too, here is the sign-up post from the host, Books and Chocolate, with all the details we need to know. 

19th Century Classic - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

20th Century Classic - In Cold Blood by Truman Capote or My Antonia by Willa Cather

Classic by a Woman Author The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

Classic in Translation - Kristin Lavransdattar; The Wreath by Sigrid Undset or Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes 

Classic by a Person of Colour (any classic by a non-white author) -
Flowers in the Mirror by Ju Chen-Li or I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Genre Classic (any classic novel that falls into a genre category) - Dracula by Bram Stoker or The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Classic with a Person's Name in the Title Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

Classic with a Place Name in the Title - Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Classic with Nature in the Title (except animals) - The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Classic about a Family - The Harp in the South novels by Ruth Park

An Abandoned Classic (that you just never got around to finishing) - Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell or Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Classic Adaptation (any classic that's been adapted as a movie or TV series) Vanity Fair by W.M. Thackeray


  1. I've never heard of the Harp in the South novels! Discovering new books and authors is my favorite thing about blogging. I hadn't heard of Ju Chen-Li either. Thanks for signing up!

    1. Hi Karen, I'm so pleased you're hosting it again. Harp in the South is an Australian classic family saga which I studied in school, and it's great to add it to the list. And I discovered Ju Chen-Li while having a look about for possible titles. I'm looking forward to getting into it.

  2. Nice list! I also plan on reading Dracula (for the abandoned category).

    1. Hi Amy Aline, Ah, I'm planning to tackle that one around October, to coincide with Halloween 😉 Great to kick off with another year.

  3. Oh, I see you are going to read In Cold Blood. I read that in December, before Christmas, and I wouldn't recommend it. Or at night. Just a little friendly advice. And don't watch the film at night either. OK, I'll stop.

    Of course, Wind in the Willow is a sweet read. You'll enjoy it.

    I think I need to read Vanity Fair and Bleak House, but next year. I'll see what you think and then be encouraged.

  4. Ruth, I'm a bit nervous about that one, and will take your advice to heart. Sounds like I might need The Wind in the Willows to balance it 😄 I am looking forward to those two Victorian chunky books.

  5. I wasn’t going to do any challenges this year either. Famous last words!

    1. Hi Carol, the categories just sound so interesting and tempting 😉