Wrap-up Challenge Post: Back-to-the-Classics 2019

I completed 9 of the 12 categories for this year's Back-to-the-Classics Challenge, hosted by Books and Chocolate.

I think my favorite was The Mayor of Casterbridge, and my least favorite was Democracy in America - not that it was awful or that I hated it, but just that it held my attention the least.

1. 19th Century Classic
Democracy in America . Alexis de Tocqueville (1835) 

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

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

4. Classic Comic Novel
Don Quixote*. Cervantes 

5. Classic Tragic Novel
The Mayor of Casterbridge . Thomas Hardy 

6. Very Long Classic

7. Classic Novella
Red Badge of Courage* . Stephen Crane

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

9. Classic Play
Othello . Shakespeare 

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  1. I know what you mean about Democracy in America. I slogged through it, but it was a hard slog. Even so, I'm glad I finally read it, since it is quoted so much.

  2. Sharon: It is a highly quotable work, for sure.

  3. What a great mixed bunch, for a good, mixed challenge. I love A Room with a View, and have yet to read Don Quixote. But holidays have almost started, and I might tackle it over the Christmas break.

  4. Paula,

    Well...you know how chunky Don Quixote is, right? Hey, that's awesome if you can tackle that over the break. For me, I must aim to have all of my book done before the middle of December, or I'm not finishing my books until January. :D

  5. Well done! I’ll probably stop at 9 books,too. Ive read lots of books this year but haven’t written about many of them. Loved The Mayor of C & I’m surprised that it’s not more popular. It rarely comes up in blog reviews.

  6. Carol,
    I agree. I loved Mayor so much: it competes w/ my other favorite Hardy's. I did find during a research of the book before I read it, that some considered it his masterpiece, which surprised me bc I had not heard about it like I did Tess or Jude. So I was excited to read it, but it was odd that I had not seen too many reviews of it either.

  7. I tell you. Hardy keeps popping up, and I'm avoiding him for no reason... it needs to happen soon.

    I understand your comment on Democracy in America. I've read a bit of the beginning and while I enjoyed it, I'm sadly not at a place where I look forward to that type of reading. Bastiat's The Law, on the other hand, was so compelling. Short, to the point, is a timeless classic.

    Seeing your post I'm getting busy doing mine. Even though I've fallen out of love with the challenges, I read 10 of the 12 categories. I don't know. I'm such a mood swing person. I know I read lots of classics, if 6 or more fit the new proposed categories, (granted that Karen does it again), I feel I should still join. Same for the classics. I should probably keep the classics list open and keep adding them there too.

  8. Oh, yes! Please try Hardy!! You may like Far From the Madding Crowd or some say The Mayor of Casterbridge is a good place to start. His writing is beautiful.

    I will try Bastiat's The Law. Add it to the list. Thanks.

    Challenges are so fun when you get started, but six months later, life happens, and you don't have that same energy or foresight anymore. Things change. So it is not easy to stay with them. But when you do, it is rewarding. This year is the most I have ever completed. I usually fall short after six. I may be tempted to join again, if she hosts again. Like you, most of my reading is in the classics.

  9. Congrats! I'm stopping at 9 as well. As soon as I finish the book I'm reading.

    Don Quixote is on my Classics Club list, and I have to admit, I keep putting it off. It absolutely frightens me.

  10. Allison,
    DQ intimidated me, too! It was the first big classic I tried, after a drought of reading. Read it slowly. The good thing is that you can put it down between chapters and then return to it w/o missing much bc each chapter is like a story in itself. It's not heavy content.
    Good luck!

  11. Nicely done. Reminder I've got to get to de Tocqueville.