Sunday, December 30, 2018

Back to the Classics 2019

Books and Chocolate is hosting another year of Back to the Classics event. This is going to be my year of re-reads, and that makes me so happy because I have been wanting to return and visit some of my favorites from four, five, and six years ago. I added an asterisk to indicate a re-read.

The Categories (and my proposed reads):

1. 19th Century Classic
Democracy in AmericaAlexis de Tocqueville (1835) done

2. 20th Century Classic
A Room with a View .  E. M. Forster (1908) done

3. Classic by a Woman Author
Ethan Frome. Edith Wharton done

4. Classic in Translation

5. Classic Comic Novel
Don Quixote*. Cervantes done

6. Classic Tragic Novel
The Mayor of Casterbridge . Thomas Hardy done

7. Very Long Classic

8. Classic Novella
Red Badge of Courage* . Stephen Crane done

9. Classic From the Americas (includes the Caribbean)

10. Classic From Africa, Asia, or Oceania (includes Australia)

11. Classic From a Place You've Lived
The Age of Innocence* . Edith Wharton (NEW YORK) done

12. Classic Play
Othello . Shakespeare done

For all the rules and link-ups, please visit: 


  1. All interesting ones! I've read three of the twelve, and sampled a few others.

    Why exactly do you have a star against a few titles...?

    1. The asterisk indicate rereads. I have a lot this year.

  2. I've read ten of the twelve, only missing The Red Badge of Courage and Uncle Tom's Cabin. I thoroughly enjoyed Ben-Hur and I hope you like it too! You've picked all winners for this challenge. All the best to you and your family in 2019!

  3. What a great stack. I'll look forward to your reviews, especially since some of them are still very fresh in my mind. Anna K and Moby Dick just last year, and Around the World in 80 Days not long before. I wish you and your family a great 2019!

  4. Nice choices. I'll be watching for your reviews.

  5. Very interesting collection! Looking forward to your thoughts on Red Badge of Courage and Ben-Hur - been meaning to read those :)

    1. I can tell you right now...RBC is one of my favorites. It is a great study on courage during war.

  6. Hooray for re-reads! That's a great list.

  7. I was very impressed by Uncle Tom’s Cabin—I was expecting nothing more than a shell for a message and found an interesting story with compelling characters. Room With a View and Ethan Frome are both excellent. Glad I’ve already read Moby Dick and never have to reread it—parts are fascinating, parts are mind-numbing.

    Good luck with the challenge!

    1. Thanks, Jane. Thanks for the encouragement --> I've not read Room With a View or Ethan Frome, but both authors I have had good experience with other works. So I'm looking forward to them.

  8. I've read Out of Africa & love it (along with a few others on this list.) I still haven't made it through a whole Tolstoy, but I've read half of both Anna Karenina and War and Peace. :D I prefer the Constance Garnett translation on Anna Karenina to Pevear and Vohlonsky, but I'm not sure that's a popular choice. It seems smoother to me. I see Anna Karenina is a reread for you though, so you probably already have a preferred translation. :) I love Red Badge.

    1. I own Garnett, and it has been the only translation I have read. I found it pleasant, but I have nothing else to compare it to. Now that I think of it, what a great idea to reread a work in a different translation, if applicable.

      I love RBC, too!!