Thursday, December 13, 2012

Back to the Classics Challenge 2013

The goal is to read a classic for each of the six required categories. There will also be five optional categories for those who wish to read more. For more info and sign-up go here.

I've chosen titles for most of the categories but I do have a tendency to change my mind so they may not be what I end up reading.

The Required Categories:

A 19th Century Classic - Germinal by Emile Zola

A 20th Century Classic - The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

A Pre-18th or 18th Century Classic -Beowulf
A Classic that relates to the African-American Experience -  - Not yet decided
A Classic Adventure - Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
A Classic that prominently features an Animal  - Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson

Optional Categories:

Re-read a Classic - Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
A Russian Classic - Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
A Classic Non-Fiction title - Goodbye To All That by Robert Graves
A Classic Children's/Young Adult title - The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Classic Short Stories - Katherine Mansfield


  1. Thanks for joining the challenge! I always end up changing a title or two too.. no worries! Good luck and have fun!

    1. Thanks Sarah - can't wait to get started.

  2. I love this challenge and I'm doing it too! Great choices!

  3. Ah, Germinal! That's my favorite read of this year, you're going to like it. Wuthering Heights is just memorable, isn't it? Who can forget Mr. Heathcliff? A memorable character and a memorable reading, I have never felt more distress than when I read WH. Great choices, Cat!

    1. All year I've been reading the positive remarks about Germinal and had thought I might have got it read before now so it was a clear choice for that position.

  4. I still haven't decided on this one yet. I tend to sign up for too many challenges. But I do want to read more classics.

    1. I try to keep my challenges to a minimum but this one will help with The Classics Club list.