Back to the Classics Challenge 2018

The Back to the Classics Challenge is hosted by Karen at Books and Chocolate.

There are 12 fun categories to encourage readers to return to the classics. Be sure to check out this sign up post for all the rules

I thought this would be a fun way to get to some of the books on my Classics Club List in 2018.

1. A 19th century classic: The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

2. A 20th century classic: Excellent Women by Barbara Pym

3. A classic by a woman author: Night and Day by Virginia Woolf

4. A classic in translation: The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

5. A children’s classic: Heidi by Johanna Spyri

6. A classic crime story: The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen (a story featuring spies)

7. A classic travel or journey narrative: A Passage to India by E. M. Forster

8. A classic with a single-word title: Westwood by Stella Gibbons

9. A classic with a color in the title: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

10. A classic by an author that’s new to you: Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

11. A classic that scares you: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, or Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, or A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

12. Reread a favorite classic: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, or Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, or A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith


I love that you don’t need to complete all 12 categories in order to participate in the challenge. I’d like to read at least six of these though. My list may change a bit too.

You can follow my progress on my master post here.

Are you participating in Back to the Classics? What classics do you plan to read in 2018?



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  1. I can think of another classic: one that I thought of. I attempt to start and finish a classic in a limited amount of time. It is Christmas Break right now and I am attempting to finish Hunchback of Notre Dame by the end. Limited time yes can be tricky, but it gives me the motivation to actually read it and to not give up

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  2. This is a pretty good list. It seems quite a few people have The Scarlet Letter on their list for a classic with a color in the title. I wonder if people would be interested in a buddy read for that one.

    Anyway, I started to put The Three Musketeers down for the translation, but went with One Hundred Years of Solitude. It’s been on my TBR for a couple of years and I thought a Modern Classic would be nice for that category. Good luck with the challenge and Happy reading.

    My Goodreads Back to Classics Books

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      1. Awesome Jessie. I just put out a comment on the Back to Classics page that if anyone wants to buddy read The Scarlet Letter to let me know. If you want to buddy read the book with let me know when you were thinking about reading it.

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      2. Since we’re coming off the holidays, I was thinking about giving folks a few weeks (maybe end of January). Personally, I’d like to read it after March since I’m trying to get through a self-imposed winter ARC challenge.

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      3. Hi Jessie, I wanted to reach out to you about the Scarlet Letter buddy read. Only one person replied and now she seems to be in the wind. So, I guess it’s you and me. I know we said after March, so should we touch base at the end of February or middle of March to set a date and a plan of attack?


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      4. Hi Jessie, sorry I haven’t been in contact about the Scarlet Letter. Are you still interested in doing a buddy read? If so, when. For some reason I couldn’t find your email address. If you still have mine shoot me a message.

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  3. I haven’t read any of these, BUT I did start reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn last year – does that count? lol. I put it down to finish reading something else and then I forgot about it. I was loving it while I was reading it, though, so I’ll have to pick it up again this year. Good luck with the challenge!

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