Back to the Classics 2017

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I will be taking part in the Back to the Classics 2017 challenge to read classic books that fall into twelve categories. The more you read, the more entries you receive for a draw at the end of the year.

  • Complete six categories, and you get one entry in the drawing
  • Complete nine categories, and you get two entries in the drawing
  • Complete all twelve categories, and you get three entries in the drawing

Here are the categories and my tentative choices:

  1. A 19th Century Classic: The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope
  2. A 20th Century Classic: Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
  3. A classic by a woman author: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
  4. A classic in translation: The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  5. A classic published before 1800: The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
  6. A romance classic: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  7. A Gothic or horror classic: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  8. A classic with a number in the title: Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome K. Jerome
  9. A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title: Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck
  10. A classic set in a place you’d like to visit: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  11. An award-winning classic: Dune by Frank Herbert
  12. A Russian Classic: The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

4 thoughts on “Back to the Classics 2017

  1. Ruthiella

    Nice list and good choices with A Movable Feast and Travels With Charley. I read them both at around the same time and loved them. I think you will find them easy, interesting reads to balance out some of the heavier classics.

    1. Rob Post author

      That’s great to hear! I’ve wanted to get to A Moveable Feast for ages now but always thought I should get through more of his fiction first, as I’ve only read The Old Man and the Sea, but I figured I should just go for it if I’m excited by it.

  2. looloolooweez

    I look forward to seeing what you think of ‘The Three Musketeers’ — I absolutely fell in love with Dumas after reading ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ but I still haven’t had a chance to pick up T3M.

    1. Rob Post author

      I hear nothing but good things about The Count of Monte Cristo, but its length scares me a bit. Someday it’ll happen…


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