Back to the Classics Challenge 2021

Back for the 8th year, Karen of Books and Chocolate is once again hosting the Back to the Classics Challenge for readers of classic literature. The Twelve fun and entertaining categories include fiction, nonfiction, children’s books and plays that must have been published before 1971; now, that’s only one book a month! She always draws a winner at the end for those who complete all 12 categories. A $30.00 gift certificate for Amazon is worth the finish!

Here are the categories and the books I have chosen to read.

1. A 19th century classic: Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe (1819)
2. A 20th century classic: Enid Bagnold, The Loved and Envied (1951)
3. A classic by a woman author: Willa Cather, My Antonia (1918)
4. A classic in translation: Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov (1880)
5. A classic by BIPOC author: Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi (1946)
6. A classic by a new-to-you author: William Thackeray, Vanity Fair (1847)
7. New-to-you classic by a favorite author: C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet (1938)
8. A classic about an animal: Flora Thompson, Lark Rise (1939)
9. A children’s classic: T. H. White, Mistress Masham’s Repose (1946)
10. A humorous or satirical classic: Aldus Huxley, Antic Hay (1923).
11. A travel or adventure classic: Cornelia Otis Skinner & Emily Kimbrough, Our Hearts were Young and Gay (1942)
12. A classic play: Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance (first performed, April 19, 1893)

9 thoughts on “Back to the Classics Challenge 2021

  1. Great list, Laurie!
    I’ve also listed My Antonia for this challenge, but on different category. I usually read Cather in May, right after Zoladdiction. Let me know if you want to read it together! 🙂
    Brothers Karamazov is one of my favorites, hope you’d enjoy it too.
    And I’m glad to find an Agatha Christie in your list; hers never go wrong.
    Have fun, and good luck! 🙂

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    1. I used to enjoy reading plays with friends so it’s a bit difficult these days..But I do want to get back to it in any way I can. I’ve seen these two Oscar Wilde’s on stage, so I know they’ll be fun!

      Dostoyevsky will be new to me and I am looking forward to this one.


  2. great book study

    Well, I’ve got Ivanhoe on my TBR for next year, but for my Medieval-themed list. I’ve not read it ever. I have read My Antonia and The Brothers Karamazov, both liked very much. Cather is a beautiful writer, and Dostoevsky, I’m sure you know, is really deep and philosophical. Good luck!

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    1. Do you know, the only Russian novel I’ve ever read was Anna Karenina?! But I have heard good things about The Brothers Karamazov and it has been on my shelf forever, so it’s about time I see for myself!

      Cather is someone I should have read more of, but I have only read O Pioneers!, though, and really liked it.


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