Thursday, January 2, 2020

Back to the Classics Challenge 2020


Books and Chocolate is back for another Back to the Classics Challenge 2020. Yay!

Here is a condensed list of the categories (and my proposed reads):

1. 19th Century: Around the World in Eighty Days ~ Jules Verne (1871)

2. 20th Century: Babbit ~ Sinclair Lewis (1922)

3. Woman Author: Testament of Friendship ~ Vera Brittain (1940)

4. Translation: The Magic Mountain ~ Thomas Mann (1924) (German)

5. Person of Color: The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings ~ Olaudah Equiano (1789) (African American)

6. Genre: The Innocent's Abroad ~ Mark Twain (1869) (Travel)

7. Name in Title: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ~ Mark Twain (1884)

8. Place in Title: Under the Greenwood Tree ~ Thomas Hardy (1872)

9. Nature in Title: The Sun Also Rises ~ Ernest Hemingway (1926)

10. About Family: One Hundred Years of Solitude ~ Gabriel García Márquez (1967)

11. Abandoned: Out of Africa ~ Isak Dinesen (1937)

12. Adaptation: A Farewell to Arms ~ Ernest Hemingway (1929)

For more information, go HERE.

23 comments:

Laurie @ RelevantObscurity said...

Great titles. I really enjoyed Under the Greenwood Tree. I am glad you pointed this challenge out, I didn't see it anywhere and thought she wasn't going to do it again. Better get my list together!

Silvia said...

Yay! I said I wouldn't do it, but I will, LOL.

Love your picks. Second person going in with The Magic Mountain.

I'm going to line up my titles soon.

How exciting.

Ruth said...

Laurie: Hardy has not disappointed me, yet, so it encourages me to see another thumbs up for Under the Greenwood Tree. Thanks.

Silvia: See, you (and a few others) started talking about The Magic Mountain, I saw a copy (a few months ago) for sale at my library, and bam! I had to get it. Now I have to read it bc it was the only "translation" I had on my list for unread books this year. I'm saving all my Russian and French tomes for next year and the year after that. I tried to use One Hundred Years as my translation, but it worked better as familia. :D

I look forward to seeing your choices.

Jillian said...

I'm excited for your George Eliot and your VERA BRITTAIN!! And two Hemingways. I love him. :) I've also read Isak Dineson: her Out of Africa is LOVELY. <3 Happy reading!!

Jillian said...

LOL, I just noticed Out of Africa is your abandoned title. Well, I liked it! :P

Ruth said...

Jillian: Yes, cannot wait to get to Testament of Friendship. I am confident it will be a pleasure. As for Out of Africa...I abandoned it bc I wanted it to be like the movie, and it wasn't. :( So, I will return to it w/ a different mindset. And then I'll watch the movie again bc I love it and Meryl Streep. :D

Anonymous said...

Hi Ruth,
I may be in the minority, but I've always relished and enjoyed the writings of Hemingway. I think I must own everything he's ever written. I appreciate his brevity with words and thoughts, perhaps because I too am a man who listens and observes much more than I speak. A very admirable list!

Ruthiella said...

One reason I love this challenge is because I love looking at everyone else's lists. :D

One Hundred Years of Solitude is PERFECT for the Family category!

I read Babbit many years ago because I loved Main Street so much. I should probably give it a re-read.

Silvia said...

I had to post my challenge, and it's tempting to read again The Magic Mountain. If not, I'll be glued to my chair waiting for your thoughts on it. Good finding!

Cleo @ Classical Carousel said...

I'm going to put The Mill on the Floss on my list too! You have some challenges though and many whom I'm scared of, like Hemingway, Twain and Lewis. I read The Magic Mountain .... an interesting book. I look forward to your thoughts on it. Out of Africa I loved. A great list and may you conquer it all!

Silvia said...

I need to add that despite the sad tone, I appreciate A Fairwell to Arms and the movie. Hemingway's writing and honesty in small doses is something I appreciate.

reese said...

I'm with Ruthiella--one of the funnest things about this is looking at everybody else's lists.

I've read the Olaudah Equiano! Years ago as an undergraduate. I remember really, really liking it--maybe my favorite book for that class (African-American literature) though I also read Native Son & Invisible Man then.

Quiet and Busy said...

I had to read Mill on the Floss and Olaudah Equiano in college and I really enjoyed both. I almost put Under the Greenwood Tree on my list too (for the nature category), but I ended up going with something else. I still really want to get to that one soon anyway.

Good luck with your challenge!

Ruth said...

Dean: I am embarrassed bc I've not read anything but Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway. So this is the year I'll try a few other works by him. Fingers crossed bc I've also heard those negative remarks about them as well, and I really want to like these.

Ruthiella: ME TOO! I like to see if anyone is also reading what I'm reading at the same time. BTW, I am several chapters into Babbitt, and it is so entertaining. I like it.

Silvia: I'll be ok w/ A Farewell to Arms bc I think I have a high tolerance for emotionally heavy stories, as long as I can draw a moral conclusion from it, and it isn't meant to just make one feel dark and horrid. That was maybe too much description, but if it is anything like All Quiet on the Western Front, I should be fine.

Cleo! You are not scared of Twain or Hemingway...are you? What have you read so far of these two? Just curious. Well, I shouldn't talk bc I've only read one of Hemingway. And Lewis...this is my first from him, and it's great so far. In fact, this title, Babbitt, he dedicated to Edith Wharton. But he is nothing of the writer she was.

Reese: I'm am definitely anticipating Equiano's work. It was suggested by an author I was reading. If you found it a favorite over Native Son and Invisible Man, that is great. I've read both of those and loved them equally.

Quiet and Busy: Thank you! It's good to hear others give positive feedback about particular titles.

Karen K. said...

I love your list! The Magic Mountain is on my list also. I haven't read Babbitt but I really liked Main Street by Sinclair Lewis, I really want to read more of his books. Thanks for signing up for the challenge!

Sharon Wilfong said...

Well, I'm not a part of the readalong, but I wish you all the best. Looks like you got some good titles. Happy reading 2020!

Joseph said...

Excellent choices. I've not read Out of Africa, but I've read Blixen's short stories. They were challenging, but thought provoking. Enjoy!

Amy Aline said...

Many of these books I haven't heard of - I look forward to reading your reviews! I also have Huckleberry Finn on my list, for the same category even!

Ruth said...

Karen: Thanks for hosting again! Excited to see others are both reading Magic Mountain. :)

Hey Sharon: Thanks! You, too!

Joseph: Thanks. I'll need a different mindset reading Out of Africa this time around.

Amy: Thanks! Huck Finn is one of my favorites.

JaneGS said...

Lots of wonderful books on your list, although I could not be paid enough to reread The Magic Mountain! I have had Testament of Friendship on my shelf for years now--I really need to get it on a reading list.

I read The Sun Also Rises two years ago as a prep for a visit to France and thought it pretty good.

Happy Reading in 2020!

Paula Vince said...

I was so pleased to see that it's back again too. I thought I wouldn't participate in book challenges this year, but when I saw the categories, I couldn't resist. You have some great titles and I'll look forward to see your thoughts on all of them. I'd love to read more Mark Twain myself. As for Under the Greenwood Tree, it didn't really gel with me, but perhaps that's just my relationship with Thomas Hardy :)

amanda @ simplerpastimes said...

A solid list! It reminds me I need to read George Eliot...maybe for the woman author category; I haven't decided what I'm reading for that yet. I've got One Hundred Years of Solitude slotted for my Family category too--really looking forward to the reread. Enjoy!

Ruth said...

Jane and Paula....So sorry! I just saw your messages. :( Jane: Funny you should say that about The Magic Mt. bc just last night I dreamed that at the last minute I changed my translated book to a different title, and when I woke up, I could not remember what it was. Now I wish I would remember just in case I need to change it out.

Paula...I'm a little concerned about this other novels by Hardy that don't usually get as much attention, but I've been seeing mixed reviews, so we'll see.

Amanda...thanks. This will be my first George Eliot. So we'll see what I think. I actually watched the film the other night, and the story was really interesting, but I already know the ending, and I don't know if I am going to approve of it. However, I have heard so many rave reviews about the book, so I think it will be interesting.