I haven't yet finished up my reading for the 2020 version of Back to the Classics, but I'm already chomping on the bit to get going with the Back to the Classics Challenge 2021, hosted again by Karen of Books and Chocolate.
Here's my tentative lineup.
1. A 19th century classic: any book first published from 1800 to 1899 - The Eustace Diamonds, by Anthony Trollope, 3rd in the Palliser series.
2. A 20th century classic: any book first published from 1900 to 1971 - The Painted Veil, by W. Somerset Maugham
3. A classic by a woman author - Giant, by Edna Ferber
4. A classic in translation, meaning any book first published in a language that is not your primary language - Pot Luck, by Emile Zola
5. A classic by BIPOC author; that is, a non-white author - not sure, I was happy to come across Passing in 2020, so I am looking to others for inspiration here
6. A classic by a new-to-you author, i.e., an author whose work you have never read - Christ Stopped at Eboli, by Carlo Levi
7. New-to-you classic by a favorite author -- a new book by an author whose works you have already read - Martin Chuzzlewit, by Charles Dickens
8. A classic about an animal, or with an animal in the title - either The Red Pony by John Steinbeck or Birds, Beast, and Relatives by Gerald Durrell...or both!
9. A children's classic- I scanned the Newbury winners and selected Adam of the Road, by Elizabeth Janet Gray
10. A humorous or satirical classic - Crampton Hodnet, by Barbara Pym
11. A travel or adventure classic (fiction or non-fiction) - The Log from the Sea of Cortez, by John Steinbeck (there is a shipyard in Port Townsend that is restoring The Western Flyer, the boat that Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts took to the Sea of Cortez and which I hope to see next September so I want to have read this book before then).
12. A classic play - Inherit the Wind, Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Karen did a great job in selecting this year's categories, including my favorites from years past and adding some new twists to keep it fresh.
Looking forward to seeing what everyone else will be reading from the classics shelves.