I know I said I was going to cut back on challenges this year, but I also said it was to focus on reading for Classics Club and this challenge supports that goal perfectly. Books and Chocolate is hosting Back to the Classics 2016 and I am signing up. The minimum number of books to read to qualify for the prize drawing is 6 so I definitely want to read that many.
There are 12 categories of classics outlined and the goal is to read one classic (published at least 50 years ago in all cases) for each category. Here is the list of categories (with a few ideas for my possible reading):
1. A 19th Century Classic - any book published between 1800 and 1899. (Pride and Prejudice)
2. A 20th Century Classic - any book published between 1900 and 1966. (Catch-22 maybe)
3. A classic by a woman author. (Second Sex seems good for this one)
4. A classic in translation. Any book originally written published in a language other than your native language. Feel free to read the book in your language or the original language. (This may be one I skip as the books on my list originally written in a language other than English are either really long or too new for this challenge.)
5. A classic by a non-white author. Can be African-American, Asian, Latino, Native American, etc.
6. An adventure classic - can be fiction or non-fiction. Children's classics like Treasure Island are acceptable in this category.
7. A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic.
8. A classic detective novel. It must include a detective, amateur or professional. (The Thin Man if it is old enough.
9. A classic which includes the name of a place in the title. (Our Man in Havana)
10. A classic which has been banned or censored. If possible, please mention why this book was banned or censored in your review.
11. Re-read a classic you read in school (high school or college). If it's a book you loved, does it stand the test of time? If it's a book you disliked, is it any better a second time around? (Jane Eyre and The Brothers Karamazov are both possibilities)
12. A volume of classic short stories. This must be one complete volume, at least 8 short stories. It can be an anthology of stories by different authors, or all the stories can be by a single author. Children's stories are acceptable in this category also.