Back to the Classics 2021

It’s back! Once again, I will be participating in the Back to the Classics Challenge hosted by Karen at Books and Chocolate. This challenge has always been a fun way for me to finish some of those books that have been sitting on the shelves forever. 

The challenge involves completing classic books (published at least 50 years ago) in as many of the 12 categories as possible for entries in a prize drawing. I need to start getting serious about the books on my Classics Club list, so this challenge will be a great way to knock out some famous books. Plus, it’s fun!

Since I’m only participating in one challenge for 2021, I’ve included two options under each category. Hopefully, I can complete both rounds over the course of the year. It’s not a requirement to choose the books in advance, but I function better with a plan.

Here are the categories for 2021 along with my selections:

19th Century Classic: 

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

20th Century Classic: 

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Classic by a Woman Author:

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier 

Classic in Translation: 

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

 Classic by a BIPOC author:  

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

Classic by a New-to-Me Author: 

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers

New-to-Me Classic from a Favorite Author: 

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein

Murder in the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

Classic About an Animal, or Animal in Title:

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Children’s Classic:

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

The Enchanted Castle by Edith Nesbit

A Humorous or Satirical Classic:

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

A Travel or Adventure Classic:

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Classic Play:

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

What challenges are you doing for 2021? Let me know with a comment below!

11 thoughts on “Back to the Classics 2021

  1. Good choices, I read 10 of them but some many, many years ago 🙂 I’ll be participating in the 2021 Historical fiction reading challenge and another challenge for the Classics club (the links are on the right bar of my blog).

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    1. Joel Getter

      I actually read it years ago and wrote a report for a college Humanities class. I remember how my report got erased the day it was due, and I had to frantically rewrite it from scratch!

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  2. great book study

    I read A Farewell to Arms this year and it was a memorable read for me. I’m also extremely FOND of both Dr. Zhivago AND Don Quixote. Of course, I think Zhivago is half the size of DQ. Good luck making a decision.

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  3. J.E. Fountain

    Goodness….lots of GREAT PICKS here. Some of my favs. I don’t read a lot of Sci-Fi-Fi, but I thoroughly enjoyed The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. (wonderful, clever allusions to Arthur Conan Doyle). Enjoy!

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