Back to the Classics 2019

Hosted by Karen @ Books and Chocolate. Here are the categories and my choices for 2019.

1. 19th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1800 and 1899.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame  OR Bleak House  (reread)

2. 20th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1900 and 1969. All books in this category must have been published at least 50 years ago. The only exceptions are books that were published posthumously but were written at least 50 years ago. 

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

3. Classic by a Female Author.

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman 
4. Classic in Translation. Any classic originally written in a language other than your native language. You may read the book in your native language, or its original language (or a third language for all you polyglots!) Modern translations are acceptable, as long as the book was originally published at least 50 years ago. Books in translation are acceptable in all other categories as well.

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The Metamorphoses

5. Classic Comedy. Any comedy or humorous work. 

Three Men in a Boat

6. Classic Tragedy. Tragedies traditionally have a sad ending, but just like the comedies, this is up for the reader to interpret. 

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7. Very Long Classic. Any classic single work 500 pages or longer, not including introductions or end notes. Omnibus editions of multiple works do not count. Since page counts can vary depending on the edition, average the page count of various editions to determine the length.

Stand on Zanzibar just makes the cutoff date; it was published in 1968. 

8. Classic Novella. Any work of narrative fiction shorter than 250 pages. 

The House on the Borderland 

9. Classic From the Americas (includes the Caribbean). Includes classic set in either continent or the Caribbean, or by an author originally from one of those countries. 

One Hundred Years of Solitude (Colombia) — published 1967 

10. Classic From Africa, Asia, or Oceania (includes Australia). Any classic set in one of those continents or islands, or by an author from these countries. 

 The Conference of the Birds (Iran) ? Or…?

11. Classic From a Place You’ve Lived. Read locally! Any classic set in a city, county, state or country in which you’ve lived. 

The Maltese Falcon (California)

12. Classic Play. Any play written or performed at least 50 years ago. Plays are eligible for this category only. 

Macbeth (reread) OR As You Like It (I will read both, but use only one for this task)



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Published by Beth @ Beth's Bookish Thoughts

This blog is for my thoughts on reading. A couple of my friends on GoodReads have blogs, so eventually I decided to start one myself. I hope to get involved in the book blogging community and become a better reader and writer! I am not accepting copies of new books for review, but I would be interested in new editions or new translations of classic authors. Find me on Upwork (as an editor) in the profile link. From September 2018 to October 2020 I blogged at Blogger.

5 thoughts on “Back to the Classics 2019

  1. Great list! I love Bleak House, by far my favorite Dickens, and Three Men in a Boat is hilarious. If you like audiobooks, there's a wonderful Naxos edition narrated by Martin Jarvis. Thanks for signing up for the challenge!

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  2. I was just working on my list for this challenge (having a little break!) :)I'm almost finished Hunchback – really enjoying it. I LOVED Three Men in a Boat and The Conference of Birds, both brilliant though obviously in very different ways 🙂

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