Sunday, December 04, 2016

Back to the Classics 2017

Back to the Classics 2017
Host: Books and Chocolate (sign up)
January - December 2017
# of books: 6-12

Russian Classic: We. Yevgeny Zamyatin. Translated by Clarence Brown. 1924/1993. 225 pages. [Source: Bought]
Romance classic: The Kellys and the O'Kellys. Anthony Trollope. 1848. 537 pages. [Source: Bought]
A 20th Century Classic -  A Canticle for Leibowitz. Walter M. Miller Jr. 1959. 335 pages. [Source: Bought]
An award-winning classic.(Newbery) Carry On, Mr. Bowditch. Jean Lee Latham. 1955. 251 pages. [Source: Bought]
A classic with a number in the title. Twelve Angry Men. Reginald Rose. 1954/2006. 79 pages. [Source: Library]
A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title.   Stuart Little. E.B. White. Illustrated by Garth Williams. 1945. 131 pages. [Source: Library]
A 19th Century Classic -  La Vendee. Anthony Trollope. 1850. 512 pages. [Source: Bought]
A classic set in a place you'd like to visit. Barchester Towers. Anthony Trollope. 1857. 418 pages. [Source: Bought]
A classic in translationThe Adolescent. Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. 1875/2004. 647 pages. [Source: Library]

1.  A 19th Century Classic - any book published between 1800 and 1899.

2.  A 20th Century Classic - any book published between 1900 and 1967. Just like last year, all books MUST have been published at least 50 years ago to qualify. The only exception is books written at least 50 years ago, but published later, such as posthumous publications.


3.  A classic by a woman author


4.  A classic in translation.  Any book originally written published in a language other than your native language. Feel free to read the book in your language or the original language. (You can also read books in translation for any of the other categories).


5.  A classic published before 1800. Plays and epic poems are acceptable in this category also.


6.  
An romance classic. I'm pretty flexible here about the definition of romance. It can have a happy ending or a sad ending, as long as there is a strong romantic element to the plot.


7.  A Gothic or horror classic. For a good definition of what makes a book Gothic, and an excellent list of possible reads, please see this list on Goodreads

8.  A classic with a number in the title. Examples include A Tale of Two Cities, Three Men in a Boat, Slaughterhouse Five, Fahrenheit 451, etc.


9.  A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title.  It an actual animal or a metaphor, or just the name. Examples include To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, The Metamorphosis, White Fang, etc. 


10. A classic set in a place you'd like to visit. It can be real or imaginary: The Wizard of Oz, Down and Out in Paris and London, Death on the Nile, etc.

11. An award-winning classic. It could be the Newbery award, the Prix Goncourt, the Pulitzer Prize, the James Tait Award, etc. Any award, just mention in your blog post what award your choice received.


12. A Russian Classic. 2017 will be the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, so read a classic by any Russian author. 

© 2016 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

2 comments:

Toady 10:27 AM  

I was just reading up on this challenge. I love classics and I especially love the category setup for this challenge. I may jump on board with this one too. Best of luck with your goals.

FictionFan 9:04 AM  

Sounds like a good challenge! I'm going to be too busy reading my Classics Club list to join in, but thanks for the reminder about the Russian Revolution anniversary - must try to read a few Russian classics during the year... Enjoy the challenge! :)

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