Back to the Classics Challenge, 2017

This year, I've decided to take part in the Back to Classics Challenge hosted by Books and Chocolate. (If you'd be interested in participating, the rules and guidelines are here.) 12 categories equates to one per month. Even though some of my choices are chunky, I'm confident I can do it if I pace myself. My choices below aren't set in stone, but if I can knock each of them off, it'll be great. I intend to get through them earlier rather than later. 

A Nineteenth Century Classic - The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

A Twentieth Century Classic - The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

A Classic by a Woman - The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West

A Classic in Translation - The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

A Classic Published before 1800 - Evelina by Fanny Burney

A Romance Classic - Shirley by Charlotte Bronte

A Gothic Classic - The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

A Classic with a number in the title - Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

A Classic which includes the name of an animal - The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A Classic set in a place you'd like to visit - Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger (New York)

An Award-winning classic - Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce (Carnegie Medal, 1958)

A Russian Classic - The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Wrap-UpChallenge complete


  1. Nice challenge - as I'm doing the Popsugar one, think I won't add another :)

    1. I don't blame you :) Doing the Popsugar challenge in 2015, when it had 50 categories, was such a stretch for me, and I was relieved when it finished. I feel I'm still recovering. I like keeping my eye on that one just to suggest books for different categories to others. This one sounds more manageable to commit to for me this year :)

  2. Ooh, I love Shirley! One of my former professors recommended it as basically one of the most romantic novels one can read, and I don't really think she was wrong!

    1. I wanted to be sure to squeeze a bit of Charlotte Bronte on there somewhere. Looking forward to that one.