Back to the Classics 2014

Friday, January 3, 2014

The Back to the Classics Challenge is always a favorite of mine and this year it has a new host! Karen of Books and Chocolate has taken over hosting duties and picked some great categories for us. Below are all of the categories along with my selections. You can see the complete list of details in Karen's post here.

1) 19th Century Classic:
The Warden by Anthony Trollope (Finished
March 2014)
2) 20th Century Classic: In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck (Finished Aug. 2014)
3) Classic in Translation: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (Finished Nov. 2014)
4) Classic By Woman Author: The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan (Finished Jan. 2014)

5) Classic by an Author Who's New To Me: An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser (Finished Non. 2014)

6) Wartime Novel: The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper (Finished Dec. 2014)

Optional Categories:
1) Classic American Novel:
The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington (Finished March 2014)

2) Historical Novel: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (Finished April 2014)
3) Classic Mystery Novel: Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers (Finished Jan. 2014)
4) Classic Book That's Been Adapted as a Movie: The Painted Veil by W Somerset Maugham (Finished May 2014)
5) Extra Fun Category: Write a Review of the Movie adapted from Optional Category #4 (The Painted Veil)


Alex said...

Germinal was a favorite in my early 20s. I think it would be too raw for me now.

For me, The Painted Veil is one of those rare examples of a movie being better than the book. Have you seen it?

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

This looks like such a fun challenge! I especially love the categories. Don Quixote, huh? I'll look forward to what you think.

Kailana said...

I would love to do this challenge, but I know as soon as I attempt to commit to reading certain classics it won't happen...

Heather said...

Don Quixote! That is so scary! I tried that once, and, wasn't pretty. Good luck to you with that!

And yay Dumas!

Karen K. said...

Steinbeck and Zola and Maugham, some of my favorites! I love The Painted Veil. I liked both the movie and the book. Thanks for signing up!

Ruby Scarlett said...

Strong Poison was my favourite Sayers before I discovered the absolute gem that is Gaudy Night. Hope you enjoy!
I haven't read any of the others, though I did see the adaptation of The Painted Veil which I rather liked. Maugham is an intriguing author, I'd really like to give him a go too. Have you read any of his other books and if so, what do you recommend I start with?

Anonymous said...

I should, I should...

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Alex - I've seen the Edward Norton version and really liked it. I've been curious about the book ever since.

Trish - I'm kind of super scared to tackle the Don!

Kailana - My brain works in the opposite way. I'm such a list maker. Putting some of these scary books on my list means I will absolutely make them a priority.

Heather - The Don is so intimidating!

Karen K - Thanks for hosting! I'm so glad you liked The Painted Veil. It's been on my TBR for so long!

Ruby - I've read 2 other books in the series (Whose Body and Nine Tailors) but none with Harriet. I've heard the books with her in them are much better than the others.

bkclubcare - I only do 2 challenges a year. There are so many out there and it gets overwhelming!