Monday, December 18, 2017

Back to the Classics Challenge - 2018

After skipping challenges in 2017 so that I could focus on Reading Northumberland, I decided to do a couple in 2018.

My favorite is the Back to the Classics Challenge hosted by Karen at Books and Chocolate.

Here's my line up for 2018--honestly, I don't think I will get all 12 read, but we'll see. The last thing I want to feel is pressure to read something that I don't feel like reading!

A 19th century classic – Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens 
A 20th century classic – A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
A classic by a woman author. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
A classic in translation.  The Paradise – Emil Zola
A children's classic. LittleTown on the Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder
A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction.  Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie
A classic travel/journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction. A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
A classic with a single-word title.  Villette – by Charlotte Bronte
A classic with a color in the title.  The Black Arrow – Robert Louis Stevenson 

A classic by an author that's new to you.  Cry, the Beloved Country - Alan Paton
A classic that scares you.  Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
Re-read a favorite classic. Persuasion - Jane Austen

Except for Can You Forgive Her and The Black Arrow, all are currently on my shelves.

A few are from the Classics Club Challenge, and a couple are ones that I've had on the shelf for awhile now.


  1. This is a great list. A word of caution, Can You Forgive Her? is the first book in the Palliser series, you might get drawn in :) I am on The Duke's Children which is the sixth and last book.

    I am also reading Villette at the moment. So far I am finding it superb.

    1. I fully intend to read all of the Palliser novels--I'm just finishing up the Barset series, which has been so enjoyable.

      Glad to hear you're enjoying Vilette.

  2. Great list! I am always in favor of Trollope and Zola. If you like The Ladies' Paradise, I also recommend Pot-Luck (Pot-Bouille) which precedes it in the Rougon-Macquart series and has one of the same characters. They can essentially stand alone so you could just consider it a prequel. It's different in tone than The Ladies' Paradise, more of a farce but I really enjoyed it. Thanks for signing up!

  3. Good luck! I may have to do this one to help me with classic clubs reading challenge! The Haunting of Hill House has been on my reading shelf for awhile now! I loved her "We Have Always Lived in the Castle." I've been wanting to re-read Emma for my Austen love. Good luck this year!

  4. Really good list and I looked at the 50 classics you chose in 2013 and very impressed. Certainly I plan to read Shirley or Villette in 2018. Trying to come up with my own list and hopefully will have it ready to go by end of this year.

  5. That's quite a list of good books you've got! Good luck on this challenge. :)

  6. We will both be reading Our Mutual Friend and The Paradise for this! Nice! And I plan to reread as many Tey books as I can next year. I should have put one of those nice short ones as the reread item. ;)

  7. Great list! I might also try The Man in the Queue. I think I have all of Tey's novels on my shelves and that is definitely one of hers that I have not read yet.

  8. Good luck with them! You are so industrious! I will look forward to your reviews for whatever you read. I especially hope you read Can You Forgive Her? and Our Mutual Friend, also Villette. And who could resist rereading Persuasion? Enjoy your reading year!

    1. p.s. So happy your new blog design now has sharing buttons and email subscription! I don't want to miss any of your posts. :)

  9. Great list Jane! Custom of the Country and The Ladies' Paradise are on my longer Classics Club list. Maybe I'll get to one or both in 2018 too. I loved Villette and Shirley, and the Haunting of Hill House is perfectly unsettling and atmospheric. And not much beats a reread of Persuasion. Happy (classics) reading!

  10. You managed to come up with a list that includes not one book I've read. I'll be watching for your reviews for ideas for my own TBR.