31 December 2018

Wrapup: Back to the Classics 2018 Challenge

At the beginning of the year I joined the Back to the Classics 2018 challenge hosted by Karen at her BooksAndChocolate blog: Read 12 books from the twelve given categories in 2018. I had been trying to read more classics, so this was a perfect way to start off my new year!

Now here's my wrapup post for the challenge. I've completed the full challenge, reading and reviewing one book per category, so I have earned 3 entries to the prize drawing. Karen, you can contact me at DuchessMaude [at] gmail [dot] com .

I enjoyed doing this as it gave me some structure to the rather vague notion of "reading more classic books". And it was so much fun that I am entering the 2019 version!

Books read with links to my reviews:

1.  A 19th century classic
    Red Pottage, Mary Cholmondeley (1899)

2.  A 20th century classic
    Excellent Women, Barbara Pym (1952)

3.  A classic by a woman author
    I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith (1948)

4.  A classic in translation
     Kristin Lavransdatter, Sigrid Undset (1920)

5. A children's classic
    The Brownies: Their Book, Palmer Cox (1887).

6.  A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction
    The Seven Dials Mystery, Agatha Christie (1929)

7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction
    Our Hearts Were Young and Gay, Cornelia Otis Skinner and Emily Kimbrough (1942)

8. A classic with a single-word title
    Celestina, Fernando de Rojas (1499)

9. A classic with a color in the title
    The Red House Mystery, A. A. Milne (1922)

10. A classic by an author that's new to you
    The Pearl, John Steinbeck (1947)

11. A classic that scares you
    The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck (1939)

12. Re-read a favorite classic
    Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris, Paul Gallico (1958)


  1. Great list, some of my favorite books and authors! If you liked Steinbeck I also recommend Travels with Charley and Cannery Row. Thanks for participating in the Back to the Classics Challenge!

    1. Thanks for visiting! I want to read more Steinbeck, to I'll put Cannery Row on the list. I love your challenge; it was the first one i ever heard of, back in Dev '17 and I plunged right in. I'm grateful to you for hosting it!!