I only read 6 books for this year’s Back to the Classics challenge. It’s a pity, really, because I wanted to fill all the slots with female authors. I just never got around to them all. Here’s what I did read:
- A 19th-century Classic: Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
- A 20th-century Classic: In a Lonely Place, Dorothy B. Hughes
- A classic by a Woman Author: The Seventh Cross, Anna Seghers
- A Classic Detective Novel: Appointment With Death, Agatha Christie
- A Classic That Includes the Name of a Place in the Title: Assignment in Brittany, Helen MacInnes
- Re-read a Classic You Read in High School or College: Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor
Karen has decided to bring back the challenge for next year. Here are her categories, along with some of books I consider reading.
- A 19th-century Classic: Cranford, Elizabeth Gaskell
- A 20th-century Classic: The Cruel Sea, Nicholas Monsarrat
- A classic by a woman author: The Street, Ann Petry
- A classic in translation: La Vagabonde, Colette
- A classic published before 1800: Fanny Hill, John Cleland
- A romance classic: This will be Rebecca, I’m pretty sure.
- A Gothic or horror classic: A Sicilian Romance, Ann Radcliffe
- A classic with a number in the title: 4:50 to Paddington, Agatha Christie
- A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title: Chicken Every Sunday, Rosemary Taylor
- A classic set in a place you’d like to visit: Black Wings Has My Angel, Elliott Chaze (set mostly in the Colorado Rockies)
- An award-winning classic: I think this will be either Willa Cather’s One of Ours or Edna Ferber’s So Big, both of which have won a Pulitzer. Both are sitting unread on my Classics shelf.
- A Russian Classic: Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
Are you participating in this challenge?