Saturday, December 19, 2015

Back to the Classics Challenge 2015 Wrap Up

One of my favorite challenges--I love reading classics, and rereading favorites.  I completed 10 of the 12 categories, but only posted on 9, giving me two entries for the prize.

1.  A 19th Century Classic - Framley Parsonage, by Anthony Trollope - fun, interesting and definitely worth reading.  I'm planning to read the next book in the Barsetshire series in 2016. 

2. A 20th Century Classic - The Once and Future Kingby T.H. White. An amalgamation of Arthurian legends, but really about the rise of fascism in the 20th century.

3.  A Classic by a Woman Author - Excellent Women, by Barbara Pym.  Finally read this wonderful book.  

4.  A Classic in Translation -  I opted for Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, since I wanted to read it for my Reading Italy project.

5.  A Very Long Classic Novel Dombey and Son, by Charles Dickens.  Really enjoyed this Dickens novel.

6.  A Classic Novella  - skipped this category

7.  A Classic with a Person's Name in the Title -  David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens - another reread, but it's been over 20 years since the last reading.  Fond memories and it's still my favorite Dickens.

8.  A Humorous or Satirical Classic -  had hoped to read some Mark Twain but didn't get to it.

9. A Forgotten Classic - Happy Christmas by Daphne DuMaurier.  Really enjoyed this short story.

10.  A Classic Children's Book -  Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery, another reread but very enjoyable.  For some reason I didn't care for it 40 years ago, but I really liked it this time through.

11.  A Classic Play -  I ended up reading Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, though I didn't do a post on it.  

12.  A Nonfiction Classic -  I finally read Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August, which was published in 1962.  Provided an excellent foundation for further reading on WWI.


  1. Good for you for completing 10 of the 12 categories; I only managed to read 7, but they were all from my TBR pile, which made me happy. It was a fun challenge. Are you doing it again next year?

  2. Great list! Congratulations on finishing the challenge!

  3. You read some great books! Excellent Women is one of the best books I have read EVER, I think. It is just perfection.

    BTW, I also read Framely Parsonage for the 19th century category (loved it) and I plan on incorporating the fifth in the Barsetshire series in the 2016 Challenge.