It’s a wrap! I have officially completed the Back to theClassics Challenge 2018 hosted by Karen at the blog Books and Chocolate.
AND I managed to choose and read all 12 titles from books I already had on my shelves. YAY!
Details are as follows:
1. Fittingly, I started this literary journey off with A CLASSIC TRAVEL OR JOURNEY NARRATIVE, FICTION OR NON-FICTION. I read Orient Express by Graham Greene, first published in 1933. It wasn’t as good as his better known books such as The Quiet American in my opinion, however.
2. Then I moved on to a sure fire good read: A CLASSIC CRIME STORY, FICTION OR NON-FICTION. I read and really enjoyed The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey.
3. The enjoyment factor took a nose-dive with my choice of A 20TH CENTURY CLASSIC. While I am glad to have read Winesberg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson because I can now cross it off the Modern Library 100 Best of List, I think this was probably my least favorite of all 12. Too bleak and monotone for my taste.
4. I was pleasantly surprised with my choice of A CLASSIC WITH A COLOR IN THE TITLE. I read The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorn and once I got past that unnecessary prologue, I found it really interesting and strange (in a good way).
5. My absolute star was the book I read for A CLASSIC IN TRANSLATION. I loved Guy de Maupassant’s Bel Ami. Such a great book about a really unpleasant man!
6. Next up was A CLASSIC WITH A SINGLE-WORD TITLE which I fulfilled by reading Passing by Nella Larson, a short but very powerful read.
7. Possibly the hardest to choose for was the category RE-READ A FAVORITE CLASSIC. I finally landed on Wuthering Heights by Emilie Bronte. This turned out to be a great choice because I think this is a book upon which one’s perspective can change dramatically with age and experience.
8. For the choice of CHILDREN'S CLASSIC I read and enjoyed the Newbery award winning Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes, a book a never read as a child.
9. For my favorite category of A 19TH CENTURY CLASSIC I read Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop which was not his best in my opinion, but nonetheless, wonderful because Dickens was a genius.
10. For A CLASSIC BY AN AUTHOR THAT'S NEW TO YOU I read Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston which was pretty fabulous.
11. For the choice of A CLASSIC THAT SCARES YOU I girded my loins and read Light in August by William Faulkner, which wasn’t as difficult as I had feared.
12. Finally I read No Fond Return of Love by Barbara Pym for the category of A CLASSIC BY A WOMAN AUTHOR which I really loved as I have loved everything I’ve read by Pym thus far.
As usual, I am so looking forward to the 2019 edition of this challenge and so pleased that Karen has graciously decided to continue hosting for another year. Contact information is: naessa[at]yahoo[dot]com.