Sunday, December 27, 2020

Back to the Classics 2020 - it's a wrap

I did fairly well on the 2020 challenge, reading 11 of 12 books, and posting on 10 of the 12. Frankly, I knew from the outset it would be a long shot for me to complete the category related to reading a classic that I had abandoned. The only one I could come up with was The Italian, by Ann Radcliffe, and I just didn't want to spend my valuable reading time slogging along with that book!

Here's what I read:

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 

3. Classic by a Woman Author.

4. Classic in Translation. 
The Late Mattia Pascal by Luigi Pirandello 

5. Classic by a Person of Color. 

6. A Genre Classic. 
7. Classic with a Person's Name in the Title. 
Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens.

8. Classic with a Place in the Title.  

9. Classic with Nature in the Title. 
A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold.

10. Classic About a Family. 

11. Abandoned Classic. Nada.

12. Classic Adaptation. 
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - didn't write a review -- out of time.

Thanks, Karen at Books and Chocolate, for hosting this challenge. It's always my favorite!


  1. Congrats for reading so many classics this year! Passing is one that I really liked. But I still need to read Grapes of Wrath. Maybe next year. :D

  2. This is an impressive list of books.

    Enjoy the rest of The Palliser books.

    Happy reading in 2021.

  3. Jane, Congratulations on a splendid reading year in Classics! I have been so interested in your posts.
    A Happy New Year in Books to you! Looking forward!

  4. Wow.. Congratulations, Jane! Steinbeck, Wharton, Dickens, Trollope, Hardy - you've read so many great works for this challenge!
    I also skipped the abandoned classic category because I don't usually abandon books. If I don't like it, I just DNF them. Fortunately it doesn't appear in the 2021 edition. 😊

  5. Wow, you did great on this challenge, Jane!! I'm very impressed. I set my own goal at 6 and think I will barely make it! lol And I am WAY behind on reviews.

    I'd like to re-read Grapes of Wrath (9th grade was a LONG time ago!). When our kids were younger, we'd listen to an audio version of A Christmas Carol EVERY year on the Sunday after Thanksgiving as we drove home from visiting family for the holiday - a great tradition I miss!

    Here's to more great classics in 2021!


    Book By Book

  6. Congratulations Jane and a great list of books. I am tackling Tess of the Ubervilles for the 2021 Challenge. I understand its depressing but never read Thomas Hardy before and he's a great writer.

    1. Tess is a beautifully written book - Hardy really was a wonderful writer albeit bleak.

  7. I still need to post my wrap up, but I didn't complete all the challenges this year either...which is fine. The real reward is reading the books. :D

  8. Happy New Year Jane - hope 2021 is a better year in every way.

  9. You did well .... and so many of these authors are terrific to read. I'm impressed by your list.

  10. Well done! I'd hoped to get to The Buccaneers in 2020, especially after reading The Husband Hunters, but a Custom of the Country reread will be my next Wharton. A NYTimes book club is discussing it later this month. Happy New Year!

    1. Custom of the Country has been on my list for awhile. I'll be eager to hear what you think of it.

  11. Probably if it was abandoned once, it was meant to stay abandoned!

    Are you going to watch All Creatures Great and Small? It starts Sunday on PBS and the reviews are good -- it may be the calming series we all need.

    1. Agreed!

      Yes, I will watching the new All Creatures. I absolutely loved the original and watched it all the way through many times, and watched the Xmas episode on Christmas Eve for years.

      I hope it is good...and calming :)