Back to the Classics Challenge 2013

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I’m also joining the Back to the Classics Challenge again this year, as I really enjoyed the 2012 challenge. There are six required categories and five optional categories. My list may change, but here are my tentative choices.


  1. A 19th Century ClassicTreasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. A 20th Century ClassicThe End of the Affair by Graham Greene
  3. A Pre-18th or 18th Century ClassicMuch Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
  4. A Classic that relates to the African-American ExperienceTheir Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
  5. A Classic AdventureThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  6. A Classic that prominently features an AnimalAnimal Farm by George Orwell


  1. Re-read a ClassicFrankenstein by Mary Shelley
  2. A Russian ClassicCrime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  3. A Classic Non-Fiction titleWalden by Henry David Thoreau
  4. A Classic Children’s/Young Adult titleThe Adventures of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  5. Classic Short StoriesThe Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

8 thoughts on “Back to the Classics Challenge 2013

  1. Geoff

    Oh! Can’t wait to hear your opinion on War of the Worlds. I loved it when I read it in High School (and hated the Tom Cruise film adaptation). I’m aslo reading Wonderland and it’ll be interesting I think.

    1. Rob Post author

      I swiped Wonderland from your list actually, seemed like the perfect pick with The Hobbit out if the way!

      I can’t believe I’ve never read any H.G. Wells before, so I’m looking forward to finally getting to it.

  2. Lady Disdain

    Ooh, you’ve got some great picks here! “Their Eyes Were Watching God” is a good read, and of course “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”.

    I’ve been meaning to read “Frankenstein” for ages – might do it for this year’s challenge. Apparently Shelley’s all kinds of awesome.

    1. Rob Post author

      I have a few I’d like to read for that category, but I’ve heard very good things about Their Eyes Were Watching God. I’m really looking forward to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes as well. I’ve read a couple of the novels, and a smattering of short stories in university, so it’ll be nice to return to it.

      Frankenstein is awesome, but I rushed through it last time. Good candidate for a re-read!

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