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, it promises to be a fun book to read.
2. A 20th century classic: any book first published from 1900 to 1971 - The Winds of War, by Herman Wouk (I decided to go with a book published in 1971).
3. A classic by a woman author - So Big, by Edna Ferber (I love Show Boat and have read it multiple times by haven't read anything else by 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 - again, not sure what I will settle on, but will be ready when the mood strikes
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 - going to keep an open mind here - what I would really like is something meta, like if I'm reading a novel and the characters go to a play, then I would read that play. I did this with Lovers' Vows, the play that the Bertrams and Crawfords attempt to stage in Mansfield Park, and it was great fun.
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.