Saturday, December 19, 2015
Back to the Classics Challenge 2015 Wrap Up
Posted by JaneGS
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 King, by 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.