Back to the Classics Challenge 2013

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Back to the Classics Challenge 2013 has officially been announced. Each year I pick a very small handful of challenges to participate in and this is one of them. I only pick challenges that align with my personal reading goals (like the TBR challenge for getting to those long-neglected books on my shelves.) This one is perfect because it encourages me to tackle classics in a fun way. Sarah always picks great categories, here’s last year’s list, and this year is no exception.

You can check out the complete list of details here.
There are six categories participants are required to complete and five more optional ones. You’re allowed to change your list throughout the year as you go. I decided to pick one or two books for every single category so I have some options. Then I’ll update the list as I go when I pick a final book to read. All books must be read in 2013. Books started prior to January 1, 2013 are not eligible.  Reviews must be linked by December 31, 2013. E-books and audio books are eligible!  Books can count for other challenges you may be working on.


The Required Categories:
A 19th Century Classic Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (1848) 
A 20th Century Classic – The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway 
A Pre-18th or 18th Century Classic – Coriolanus by William Shakespeare 
A Classic relating to the African-American Experience Native Son by Richard Wright
A Classic Adventure Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
A Classic that features an AnimalCat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams 

Optional Categories:

Re-read a ClassicPersuasion by Jane Austen 
A Russian ClassicThe Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
A Classic Non-Fiction titleWalden by Hendy David Thoreau
Classic Children's/Young Adult titleSwallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
Classic Short StoriesA Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
Photo by moi, button from here.


Sarah Reads Too Much said...

Seriously, your two choices for the "Animal" category are two of my favorites. I like your non-fiction choices too... Thanks for joining yet again!

Cat said...

I plan to read Cat's Eye this year for another challenge and I almost chose The Brothers K. as my choice for a Russian title but then decided on something shorter. I love reading other people's lists and you have some great choices. Enjoy!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Sarah - Thanks for hosting! I'm excited about the animal category because they're both books from authors I've already grown to love,.

Cat - I might regret choosing Brothers once I try to read it!