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February 3, 2019

Back to the Classics Challenge 2019: Working on my list



I'm late getting started, but I'm signing on for Karen's Back to the Classics Challenge this year (thank you to Karen for organizing it and JoAnn for leading me to it). I'm not sure whether I'll read 6 or 9 books (probably not 12), or which book I'll read for which category, but I've started making a list (and making the list is a big part of the fun, don't you think?)

Here's where I've gotten to so far, list-wise...


  1. A 19th-century classic:  Miss Mackenzie, by Anthony Trollope
  2. A 20th-century classic:  Delta Wedding, by Eudora Welty
  3. A classic by a female author:  Scenes from Clerical Life, by George Eliot
  4. A classic in translation:  something French, TBD
  5. A classic comedy:  Love and Friendship, by Jane Austen
  6. A classic tragedy:  Daisy Miller, by Henry James
  7. A very long classic: Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
  8. A classic novella:  something by Edith Wharton, TBD
  9. A classic from the Americas:  Washington Square, by Henry James
  10. A classic from a place you've lived:  The Bostonians, by Henry James
  11. A classic play:  TBD

I know there's a lot of Henrys, but I've been wanting to read or re-read two of them for a long time, and some of the others have been on my wish list for a while as well. This isn't a definite list anyway, but it's one I'm really looking forward to.


6 comments:

Lisa said...

I was thinking of re-reading Miss Mackenzie myself! And Delta Wedding as well, as a re-introduction to Eudora Welty.

Audrey said...

Great! JoAnn and I might read these together -- please join us if we do?

Lisa said...

Hopefully with Miss Mackenzie at least! I'll keep an eye out for when you are starting. I see Jane is gearing up to read Orley Farm - I know I'm not ready for one of the chunky books again!

Karen K. said...

Thanks for joining! Happy to see Trollope and Jane Austen on your list, two of my absolute favorites. I also enjoyed Eudora Welty, I'm hoping to read one of her short works with my book group this year. I've not got on well with Henry James thus far but maybe your reviews will inspire me to give him another try. I look forward to reading your posts!

JoAnn said...

Wonderful list! I'm pretty flexible with reading plans these days... let me know when you'd like to read Miss Mackenzie and Delta Wedding. I could be persuaded to reread Daisy Miller, too :)

Terra said...

The first one on your list is by my favorite author, I am re-reading Anthony Trollope's The Warden now. Your list reminds me to read more Henry James. I am a member of a Trollope group on Facebook and we are doing a fun group read of The Warden.

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