Karen at Books and Chocolate is hosting Back to the Classics 2020 - thanks, Karen, for hosting again. You have many loyal fans and I know it takes time and effort to host a challenge.
Here's my tentative lineup for this challenge. Feel free to throw out suggestions for the categories which are still undecided.
1. 19th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1800 and 1899.
Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope - 2nd in the Palliser series
2. 20th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1900 and 1970.
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck - haven't read it since I was in high school, so definitely due for a reread. Was phenomenal--definitely worthy of the Pulitzer Prize it won.
3. Classic by a Woman Author.
The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton - one of the few remaining books on my Classics Challenge; I liked the mini-series from long ago, so I have high hopes for this one.
4. Classic in Translation.
by Luigi Pirandello - I love Italy and hope to visit again soon. Interesting classic by a Nobel prize-winning author.
5. Classic by a Person of Color. Passing by Nella Larsen. Excellent novel from 1929, Harlem Renaissance time period.
6. A Genre Classic. Leaving Cheyenne, by Larry McMurtry - I enjoy Westerns, and while this isn't a shoot-'em-up, round-'em-up story, I liked it and liked the sense of place and character.
7. Classic with a Person's Name in the Title. First name, last name or both.
Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens.
8. Classic with a Place in the Title. Any classic with the proper name of a place (real or ficitonal) - a country, region, city, town, village, street, building, etc.
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy - really first rate retelling of the Oedipus story.
9. Classic with Nature in the Title. A classic with any element of nature in the title (not including animals).
Bitter Lemons, by Lawrence Durrell - I've been wanting to read something by Durrell since I started watching The Durrells of Corfu, and I found this at my used book store and thought it would fit this category nicely.
10. Classic About a Family. Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
11. Abandoned Classic. Choose a classic that you started and just never got around to finishing, whether you didn't like it at or just didn't get around to it.
The Italian by Ann Radcliffe - I started it in 2019 but ran out of steam, but I would like to finish it.
12. Classic Adaptation. Any classic that's been adapted as a movie or TV series. If you like, you can watch the adaptation and include your thoughts in your book review. It's not required but it's always fun to compare.
Not sure - so many to choose from.
Happy New Year and Happy Reading in 2020!