Monday, December 7, 2015

Back to the Classics Challenge 2016


It's back! Once again, I'm hosting the Back to the Classics Challenge.  I hope to encourage bloggers to discover and enjoy classic books they might not have tried, or just never got around to reading. And at the end, one lucky winner will receive a $30 prize from Amazon.com or The Book Depository!


Here's how it works:


The challenge will be exactly the same as last year, 12 classic books, but with slightly different categories. You do not have to read 12 books to participate in this challenge!

  • Complete six categories, and you get one entry in the drawing
  • Complete nine categories, and you get two entries in the drawing
  • Complete all twelve categories, and you get three entries in the drawing
And here are the categories for the 2016 Back to the Classics Challenge:

1.  A 19th Century Classic - any book published between 1800 and 1899.


2.  A 20th Century Classic - any book published between 1900 and 1966. Just like last year, all books MUST have been published at least 50 years ago to qualify. The only exception is books written at least 50 years ago, but published later.


3.  A classic by a woman author


4.  A classic in translation.  Any book originally written published in a language other than your native language. Feel free to read the book in your language or the original language.


5.  A classic by a non-white author. Can be African-American, Asian, Latino, Native American, etc.


6.  An adventure classic - can be fiction or non-fiction. Children's classics like Treasure Island are acceptable in this category. 


7.  A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic. Dystopian could include classics like 1984, and children's classics like The Hobbit are acceptable in this category also. 


8.  A classic detective novel. It must include a detective, amateur or professional. This list of books from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction is a great starting point if you're looking for ideas.


9.  A classic which includes the name of a place in the title.  It can be the name of a house, a town, a street, etc. Examples include Bleak House, Main Street, The Belly of Paris, or The Vicar of Wakefield.


10. A classic which has been banned or censored. If possible, please mention why this book was banned or censored in your review.


11. Re-read a classic you read for school (high school or college).  Re-visit a book you were assigned to read! If it's a book you loved, does it stand the test of time?  If it's a book you disliked, is it any better a second time around?


12. A volume of classic short stories. This must be one complete volume, at least 8 short stories. It can be an anthology of stories by different authors, or all the stories can be by a single author. Children's stories are acceptable in this category also.


And now, the rest of the rules:

  • All books must be read in 2016. Books started before January 1, 2016 do not qualify. All reviews must be linked to this challenge by December 31, 2016. I'll post links each category the first week of January which will be featured on a sidebar on this blog for the entire year. 
  • You must also post a wrap-up review and link it to the challenge no later than December 31, 2016. Please include links within your final wrap-up to that I can easily confirm all your categories. 
  • All books must have been written at least 50 years ago; therefore, books must have been written by1966 to qualify for this challenge. The ONLY exceptions are books published posthumously.
  • E-books and audiobooks are eligible! You may also count books that you read for other challenges.
  • Books may NOT crossover within this challenge. You must read a different book for EACH category, or it doesn't count.
  • Updated: Children's classics are acceptable, but please, no more than 3 total for the challenge.
  • If you do not have a blog, you may link to reviews on Goodreads or any other publicly accessible online format. 
  • The deadline to sign up for the challenge is March 1, 2016. After that I will close the link and you'll have to wait until the next year! Please include a link to your original sign-up post, not your blog URL. 
  • You do NOT have to list all the books you're going to read for the challenge in your sign-up post, but it's more fun if you do! Of course, you can change your list any time. Books may also be read in any order. 
  • The winner will be announced on this blog the first week of January, 2017. All qualifying participants will receive one or more entries, depending on the number of categories completed. One winner will be selected at random for all qualifying entries. The winner will receive a gift certificate in the amount of $30 (US currency) from either Amazon.com OR $30 worth of books from The Book Depository. The winner MUST live in a country that will receive shipments from one or the other. For a list of countries that receive shipments from The Book Depository, click here
So what are you waiting for? Sign up at the linky below! I'll be posting my list of possible reads for 2016 in the next couple of days. Happy reading!

Updated: The sign-ups are now closed. Check back at the end of the year to sign up for next year's Back to the Classics Challenge! 

177 comments:

  1. I'm excited to sign up for this!! I didn't come across this until late this year, but I enjoyed following some bloggers that have been participating and it's looked quite fun! I read a lot of classics, but there are some categories on here that will certainly be a welcome challenge to diversify my readings in 2016 :)

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    1. Declaration post! http://nostalgiareader.booklikes.com/post/1300417/2016-back-to-the-classics-challenge-signups

      (apologies posting this addendum so late, I'd been having issues with my Blogger account)

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  2. Great, thank you Karen! I have been carefully watching my blog feed recently for this. I see myself as a mainly classic reader, but in recent months there has been a lot of emphasis in my reading life on more recent books, so this will be very useful for me to literally get "back to the Classics".

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    1. I'm sorry - I've only just seen that I was supposed to link to my sign up post, not to my blog url. Well, here is the right one:

      http://amberandrust.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/my-list-for-back-to-classics-challenge.html

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  3. I just discovered Books and Chocolate last week and added you to my Bloglovin' feed--LOVE this idea and I'm game :)

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  4. Hi, I'm in again. Will try to get all 12 categories again next year.

    And please take a look at the challenge I'm hosting next year. It's my first time hosting:
    http://jannghi.blogspot.com/2015/10/literary-loners-reading-challenge-2016.html

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  5. Wow! Love the categories! :) Still working on some of my titles for 2015! :)

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  6. Woohoo! I'm in. I'm not sure if this is my 3rd or 4th year...

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    1. This will be my third year hosting the challenge. Did you participate with Sarah Reads Too Much? I took over from her at the end of 2013.

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    2. And thank goodness you did! I'm so glad you're keeping it going :)

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    3. Yes, I did, and I think for two years? Maybe this is my 5th year. Goodness.

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    2. For the challenge, you have to read a minimum of six books, in six different categories.

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  9. Wonderful categories! I'm excited to join again next yer.

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    1. Thanks! I'm still trying to decide which books to put on my list. (And I already have ideas for 2017!)

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  10. So excited to dive in! This is my first year doing a challenge, though I've been really wanting to. Love most of the categories, and can't wait to get started!

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    1. Thanks! I had a lot of fun picking categories this year.

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  11. Hi! I am going to give the challenge a go... But could you check the books I selected? One of them I am not sure if it qualifies or not... I wanted to read the book of Ruth from the Bible in the original Hebrew. I read Esther this year and though with my health issues Ruth would be a good challenge this year. If not, I may trade it out (or do it anyway).

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    1. This is the link (I realized I was signed in using my old blog account) https://urbanpioneerwoman.wordpress.com/2015/12/08/back-to-the-classics-2016-challenge/

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    2. Interesting question -- why not? Clearly it's a book in translation; it's a work of literature; and it's a classic that has endured. So I say yes. I think it fits that category the best. Good luck with the challenge!

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  12. I'm in again for next year. I've enjoyed participating the past two years. I also have a question about whether a book qualifies: Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee. It was only published recently, but was actually written in the mid-1950s. It wasn't published posthumously since Harper Lee is still living, so I didn't know if it would qualify. Thanks!

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    1. I have another question. Would The Maltese Falcon fit under category number 9, since Maltese would be for Malta, which is a place?

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    2. Though it's technically not a posthumous publication since Harper Lee is still living, we can count it since it was written earlier. The Maltese Falcon doesn't count because the title doesn't include a place -- the word "Maltese" is technically an adjective describing the noun Falcon.

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    3. Basically, for the Place in the Title category, the title should include a city, street, town, name of a building, etc.: Mansfield Park, Main Street, The Belly of Paris -- the proper name of a location.

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  13. I cannot wait to start reading my choice of books. Thank you for hosting again next year :-)

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  14. Nice challenge! I'll give it a go too!
    (I singed up as Marylou @As the page turns | My 2016 Challenges)

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  15. Challenges aren't usually my thing but this one has intrigued me as I have watched other bloggers move through it. So this (next) year I'll be reading along.

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  16. Thanks for the challenge! I'm excited to join in for the first time this year!!

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  18. I only managed 7/12 this year, but am determined to do better in 2016! Thanks for hosting!

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  19. I didnt do well in 2015 but will join again!

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  20. I'm in yet again!! Thank you so much for continuing this tradition going! I linked to the page where I will track my challenges in the coming year.

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  21. This sounds like a fun challenge! I signed up! Let's see how it goes ;)

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  22. I only read one book for this challenge in 2015... Trying again with a better list this year!

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  23. This will be my first time participating. I'm looking forward to it!

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  24. I've never heard of this, but here it goes!! Now to figure what I else I can squeeze into next year :)

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  25. I'm in...again! Thanks for hosting again. Love this challenge.

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  26. I'm in this year see if I can get lucky for my second try

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  27. This will be my first year. I found this challenge on Scappy Cat's blog and couldn't resist the fun.

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  28. Found out about this at Spreading the Feast and am excited to join in!

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    1. Go ahead and sign up again with the new link, and I'll delete the old one. I'm sorry to hear about your technical difficulties!

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  30. Excited to give this a try in the new year.

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  31. This is my first year to join. Looking forward to it!

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  32. I never joined a challenge before, but this one looked interesting. Thanks for hosting it.

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  33. I am so going to try to finish this year. I always join then don't finish. :) Thank you for hosting!

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  34. Linked up! Hopefully I'll be able to finish. I tend to over-challenge myself at the beginning of each year.

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  35. Count me in!! This is my first year doing any challenge besides the Goodreads one, so this is vurrry exciting.

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  36. You're right - Master and Commander was 1969. I honestly thought it said 1962 this morning when I typed that up. Oh well.

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  37. Hey Karen, I asked a couple of questions above about Go Set a Watchman and The Maltese Falcon that I thought you might have missed. And I have another question about the short story category. Can the stories be by different authors or do all the stories have to be by the same author? You say one complete volume; do you mean that you can't pick out 8 or more stories from a larger work?

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    1. Sorry for not replying before, I did go back and respond to your earlier question. The short story category should be one complete volume of short stories, your choice, but you should read it cover to cover rather than just picking random stories. It can be an anthology like a book of ghost stories by different authors (as long as they were all written before 1966) or a volume of stories by a single author, but you should read the whole book, and it should include eight stories.

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    2. Thanks for all the clarifications Karen. I'm looking forward to starting on my classics for next year.

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  38. Hi Karen, just linked up with my list of books.

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  39. So excited to be joining in this year. Thanks for hosting!

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  40. Oh, darn it. I got over excited, & signed up using my blog url because I haven't done my sign up post yet. Sigh. This is what happens when I let my glee at seeing that the challenge is up override my responsibility to read the instructions. Can you just delete me (I am number 55 - Christine @ The Bluestocking Literary Society) and I'll come back in a day or so and sign up again? I feel foolish!

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    1. Not a problem. But I clicked on your link and I love your Spin list! And your Otranto post was HILARIOUS -- especially Snidely Whiplash. Too funny!

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  41. Karen K.

    Please remove my #34 Chris sign up. I resigned up as #53 Chris @ Chris reads daily using a blog dedicated to reading.

    Thank you Chris

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  42. This is my first reading challenge ever and I'm so excited! I've been meaning to catch up on the classics for a while now because while I've read some, there are so many great ones I have missed, I'm ashamed to admit. Haven't decided yet whether I want ro re-read Fitzgeral or Kafka, I'll decided that one spontaneously I think. This is a great opportunity! Thanks for hosting :)
    I don't have a blog but I've linked to my dedicated Goodreads shelf. :)

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  43. This is my first reading challenge, so I'm excited!

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  44. I really like the new categories and they have inspired me to hunt out books to fit them. So far:
    Classic by a woman - Cindie by Jean Devany
    Non-white author - Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
    Adventure Classic -Prisoner of Zenda - Anthony Hope
    Classic Detective - The Mask by Patricia Wentworth (author from your list of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction - thank you)
    Title containing a Place - Mandoa, Mandoa by Winifred Holtby (Bought because it was a Virago classic now will be read after at least 15 years of ownership!)
    Re-read classic (Hated, Hated!) The History of Mr. Polly by H G Wells. Based on a reference to this book that I saw recently I suspect that the version I read in high school was heavily edited.

    It's fun researching both the web and my own shelves for ideas. Can't wait to start.

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  45. I can't wait to participate in this challenge again in 2016 - I love it! Thanks so much for hosting it again!

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  46. I'm looking forward to this challenge. Why doesn't 2016 start tomorrow?

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  47. I screwed up and linked to my blog (and not even - I put the wrong URL, for shame!). Would you mind deleting me (#65)? I will come back and follow directions next time. My apologies.

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  48. Great challenge! I'm looking forward to participating.

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  49. I'm looking forward to taking part ...

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  50. Thanks for hosting! I love this challenge.

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  51. thank you for this! I am looking forward to participating!

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  52. Hi there! I'm so excited! One question: since you say that children's stories are acceptable in the anthology category only, does that mean that books like Robinson Crusoe would not be allowed in the regular categories? Or Little Women or Lion, Witch & Wardrobe, etc. etc. etc.?

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    1. It depends on the classic. Robinson Crusoe and Little Women were not originally written as strictly children's books, so they would be acceptable. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was written for children, so it would not be accepted.

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    2. I am so excited! Thanks for letting me join.

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    3. I am so excited! Thanks for letting me join.

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  53. So glad you're hosting again! Looking forward to it :)

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  54. I'm nervous/excited for the reading ahead. I've never participated in a reading challenge before. Loving the categories, I had so much fun choosing books. http://danceworkhomeschoolrepeat.wordpress.com/2015/12/25/back-to-the-classics-challenge-2016/

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  55. Thanks for hosting this! It is a great way for me to read some classics that have been lingering on my shelves for years. I'm really looking forward to it!

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  56. Oops! I did not link up correctly because I was so excited about finding this challenge. Is it possible to be deleted (Amelia Rodgers) and then I can sign up again? THANKS!

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  57. I just signed up - I've been looking for a good classics challenge and this one sounds perfect.
    I'll probably go for 6 entries - I'm not entirely sure which books I'll be reading but I want to read Jane Eyre (either for the 19th century of for a woman author), Dune (for the sci-fi category), The Catcher in the Rye (for the 20th century), something French for the foreign category (though all English language classics count for me as well, since Slovenian is my mother tongue). And I'll see for the rest. I have a number of unread classics on my shelves already and I'm sure some of them fit the categories!

    Thank you for hosting this! By the way - is there any way to follow your blog apart from Google? I don't have Google Friend Connect, I don't use Blogger - do you have Twitter or Bloglovin or an e-mail following option? I couldn't find any of those, sorry.

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    1. Sorry, I'm not on Twitter. I've never used Bloglovin but I follow blogs with Feedly and had good luck with it.

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  58. I feel so dumb...I did three Mr Linky links because I finally realized that I was supposed to link to my post about the 2016 challenge. Sorry for the clutter!

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  60. Just posted my link to my sign up and list of potential reads for the 2016 Challenge. Yahoo!

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  61. Love the themes this year and I've chosen all my texts :)

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  62. I am excited to be a part of this challenge.

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  64. I have chosen the following texts:
    19th Century –Wilkie Collins’ Woman in White
    20th Century – Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun
    Woman Author – Charlotte Perkins-Gilman’s Herland
    Translation – Octavio Paz’s The Labyrinth of Solitude
    Non-White Author – Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart
    Adventure – Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels
    Science Fiction – Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles
    Detective – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles
    Name of a Place – Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg Ohio
    Banned Book – Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland
    Re-Read – Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird
    Short Stories – H.P. Lovecraft’s The Thing on the Doorstep & Other Weird Stories

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  65. Thank you for hosting this challenge.

    Can Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland be used for the challenge even though it is considered Children's Literature? I read that it was a Banned Book. If I cannot use it for the challenge, I will select something else - maybe Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn.

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  66. I'm super excited to take part in this challenge! A big thanks to this blog for hosting and to Nostalgia Reader for bringing it to my attention. :)

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  68. I put the wrong link. Could you delete kristinabrooke.net so that I can link to my blog post?

    This is a great challenge!

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  69. Great challenge! I'm looking forward to picking my books and getting started. :)

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  70. Goofed and put the wrong link as well.

    Here is my entry post: https://thegreyhoundstationblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/31/back-to-the-classics-challenge/

    Sorry about that! I'm excited for this. -Cassie

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  71. This is my first time to do this but I'm excited. I've only decided some of the categories so far.

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  72. I've decided this will be the year I join in on this challenge--hopefully it will be just the spur I need to get some of my Classics Club list crossed off!

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  73. Hi Karen - Sorry I have never blogged before so I apologize for any inconvenience. Please delete #72 (Dawn) and please keep #99 Dawn S. I think I finally got this right. Thank you, and I am excited about this challenge.

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  74. Also, can I use Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass for the banned books category. If not, I will select another text.

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  75. Awesome challenge! I hope it helps me read some more classics this year!

    Bruna @ Bruna Writes

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  76. Following Dawn above..I have also never blogged. So 94 (Cassie) has been fixed in #104 (Cassandra). So sorry about that!!

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    1. No problem, I've deleted #94. Thanks for including the numbers, that made it much easier.

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  77. Hi, I've followed along for a few years but have never participated. I love reading classics. I do have a question. I don't have a blog (well, not an active one) so what url would I link? My Goodreads page?

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  78. Here is my complete list for the 2016 Classics Challenge. It includes books I have meant to read, have avoided reading and writers I had never heard of.That is what's great about this challenge, it takes you out of your normal reading preferences. Happy New Year to all!
    19th Century: The Three Miss Kings by Ada Cambridge 1891
    20th Century: Flight Into Camden by David Storey 1960
    By a woman author: Cindie by Jean Devany 1949
    Classic in translation: A fine of 200 Francs by Elsa Triolet 1944
    Classic by a non-White author: Brown Girls, Brownstones by Paule Marshall 1959
    Adventure classic: The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope 1894
    A fantasy, science fiction or dystopian classic: The Chrysalids by John Wyndham 1955
    A classic detective novel: Grey Mask by Patricia Wentworth 1929
    A classic with the name of a place in the title: Mandoa, Mandoa by Winifred Holtby 1933
    A classic that has been banned or censored: Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin 1952
    Re-read a classic that you read in high school: The History of Mr.Polly by H. G. Wells 1910
    A volume of classic short stories: The New York Stories of Edith Wharton Edith Wharton all written before 1937

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    1. Great list! And thanks for making it easy to find your reviews. I like how you set up a separate shelf on Goodreads, that's very helpful.

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  79. I'm really excited for this challenge! I think I've finalized all of my choices for the categories, and I can't wait to dive in!

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  80. Great categories! I got sick and didn't quite finish last year, plus this will help me get to my 50 in 2 years! :)

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  81. I'm looking forward to this challenge. Definitely a bit out of my comfort zone. Thanks!

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  82. I saw this challenge on MyBookStrings and was inspired to join in. Looking forward to a year of classic reading!

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  83. I just found your blog and this challenge! Very excited about this year. I'm starting cautiously--six books, and we'll see how the year goes. Thanks for hosting!

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  84. I didn't do too well last year, but keen to participate again. Only going for six books this time instead of twelve.

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  85. I found the challenge via A Great Book Study and unfortunately it was too late to sign up for last year's challenge. So excited to participate this year.

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    1. Actually, I ended up deciding to post about this challenge on my other blog. Please disregard the Colleen @ Beatificus entry. I'll be doing it on my Geekerella blog instead. Thanks!

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  86. Looking forward to participating for my third time! Thanks for hosting!

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    1. For some reason this wouldn't let me comment via my WordPress account, and it won't let me change the Google account from Unknown.

      Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts
      http://barbarah.wordpress.com

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  87. I just found out about your challenge today. I hope I'm not too late. I would love to join in and read a book from all of the categories! Thanks for hosting.

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  88. I've already started this challenge without realising. Read The Old Man & The Sea by Ernest Hemingway on Sunday. Great classic! Thanks for encouraging your readers to go on a journey of discovery of the classics. I can't wait to get going properly.

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  89. I've signed up for the challenge! It sounds like so much fun. I can't wait to read all the great classics on my tbr list.

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  90. I would love to join the challenge, but have no blog. I am more than happy to link my Goodreads account. Do you want the link to my reading challenge shelf?

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    1. I asked this same question a few days ago and am hoping for an answer.

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    2. Sorry for not replying earlier, I've been out of town for the holidays and am just now getting caught up. If you don't have a blog, you can link to your Goodreads account. The best way would be if you set up a dedicated shelf to the challenge -- that way, when you add links to your reviews, it would link directly to the page and to your reviews. I need to be able to find the links and see the reviews at the end of the year when I add people to the drawing.

      A good example is how Pat K. did this last year: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/38248002-pat?shelf=classic-challenge-2015

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  91. Hi Karen - Following your reply to PatK, I have set up a list of my books on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/3999173?shelf=back-to-the-classics-challenge-2016. I hope this helps.

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  92. Please let me know if this helps. I also created a Google Blog (http://dawnskinner001.blogspot.com/2016/01/back-to-classics-challenge-2016-its.html), but I do not know if you can see it for my reviews. Sorry, I am not a blogger.

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  93. I am really looking forward to this challenge. I have begun my "Place name classic" The House of Seven Gables, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I am loving it so far!! I look forward to reading the rest of my choices. Thanks for the challenge!!

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  94. I really enjoyed this last year and am looking forward to reading more classics this year. I know there is some fluidity in the categories, but want to clarify: Would "Dracula" be considered a fantasy or science fiction classic?

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    1. I would classify "Dracula" as fantasy. Science fiction and fantasy are often lumped together, but fantasy is about the impossible (often including magic or the supernatural) and science fiction is technically possible, even though it is improbable, (like "The Invisible Man.") Dystopias like "1984" or "Fahrenheit 451" are a sub-category of science fiction.

      So, I'd call "Dracula" a fantasy -- hopefully vampires are impossible! Either way, it's a great choice for this category.

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  95. After too many false starts -- and problems with Blogger -- I am "officially" back in the challenge. I've posted my Linky connection, which I hope will be accepted, and I look forward to joining everyone in this 2016 challenge and the postings/discussions. Best wishes from Tim @ http://beyondeastrodredux.blogspot.com/

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  96. Hi. This is 'motobass4321.' Please update my goodreads link to the shelf: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/51320085-motobass4321?shelf=b2c-2016. Thank you!

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    2. Done. My old entry was #133. Looking forward to participating!

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  97. Really enjoy this one each year. Thanks for hosting it!

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  98. FYI, here is my reading list for the challenge:
    http://beyondeastrodredux.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-reading-list-and-question-for-my.html

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  99. Would The Woman in White be acceptable for the detective novel category?

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    1. Yes! According to Wikipedia, it's considered an early example of detective fiction because one of the characters uses "sleuthing techniques employed by later private detectives." That's good enough for me, since it can be any detective, amateur or professional. Good luck on the challenge!

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  100. I just discovered your blog, and your book challenge. I'm signing up. :)

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  101. Hello! Just signed up for this challenge. Looking forward to it. :)

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  102. Nice Challenge. I'm in. (thanks to Rob at Loose Logic)

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  103. So excited for this challenge! I love to highlight different books, especially classics, on my blog and look forward to this year with classics taking a front seat. www.MentorOfLeaders.com

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  104. This is what I am thinking of reading - not a final list yet. My goodreads shelf has them and here the are with how I am placing them in the categories. (Please let me know if anything looks iffy...)
    A 19th Century Classic: Emma by Austen (200 year anniversary) OR The Ambassadors by James
    A 20th Century Classic: Mrs. Dalloway by Woolf
    A classic by a woman author: The Grass is Singing by Lessing OR Emma by Austen
    A classic in translation: The White Guard by Bulgakov
    A classic by a non-white author: A Raison in the Sun by Hansberry
    An adventure classic: Gulliver's Travels by Swift
    A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic: Cat's Cradle by Vonnegut
    A classic detective novel: The Thin Man by Hammett
    A classic which includes the name of a place in the title: Middlemarch by Elliot
    A classic which has been banned or censored: Invisible Man by Ellison
    Re-read a classic you read in school: The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald
    A volume of classic short stories: Russian Stories by Struve, ed.

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  105. I have decided to join in with the fun http://adammstoney.co.uk/2016/01/17/2016-reading-challenges/

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  106. I managed to get my sign up post drafted, finally! I'm really excited about this year - it will be my third year participating in the challenge!

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  107. So a couple of questions that may be silly but that I'd like to get addressed if possible...firstly, what are the rules surrounding re-reads (for categories other than the "re-read a classic" category, obviously)? Are they acceptable as long as a full read occurs in 2016?

    Secondly, are nonfiction classics acceptable? (For example, 12 Years a Slave or Narrative of the Life of a Slave for the Classics by Non-White Authors Category)

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    1. Well, the point of the challenge is to read more classics, so I'm hoping people will read mostly books that are new to them. There's really no way for me to check.

      And the answer to the second question is yes -- you can read non-fiction classics. I don't have a special category for non-fiction like I did last year. Either one of the books you mention would be a great choice for the non-white author category. There are also some great non-fiction adventure classics, like Kon-Tiki, so I expect to see some of those chosen for that category also.

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    2. Thank you for the clarification :)

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  109. I am very much looking forward to this challenge. I have been looking for a good classics challenge to help get some of them off my TBR. I am super pumped for this.

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  110. Better late than never, right? Thanks for hosting this challenge - I'm excited!

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  111. Question: Can some or any or all of the books be re-reads for this challenge?

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  112. Looking forward to a few more classics!

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  113. This will be a great way to reinvigorate my classics reading.

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  114. What does read in school. Just I often read my own copies at home rather than taking them out from school?

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    1. As I wrote in the instructions above, this means that you should re-read a classic book you read in school, and the post about it. You may love or hate a book just as much as when you originally read it, or you may feel quite differently about it. The point is to see if your perspective of the book has changed.

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    2. Sorry I don't think I phrased my question well. What I meant was. Does it mean a book you read while you were at school or a book you read physically on the school premises please?

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    3. It's just a book you were assigned to read FOR school -- it doesn't matter WHERE you read it. I'll clarify that in the directions. I think saying "read FOR school" is more accurate than "read IN school."

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    4. Thank you. Now definitely want to do this challenge.

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  115. Hi, I have completed all 12 categories:
    http://jannghi.blogspot.com/2015/12/back-to-classics-2016.html

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  116. I am finishing up my last 2 books, but I have a question.. I read The Wizard of Oz, Just So Stories, The Hobbit, and An Old-fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott. Does that mean I need to sub out one of those? I have already written the reviews, but I could move A Study in Scarlet to banned books and then use another Sherlock Holmes for 19th century classics (after I read A Study in Scarlet I got sidetracked and ended up reading ALL of the Sherlock Holmes books except the last one that isn't in the public domain).

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    1. You can shift books around to fill all the categories as you like. As long as you've completed at least six and identified them (with links) in your final link up post.

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  117. Answered my own question...I am going to go find an audio of Frankenstein (to replace my first book by a woman) to listen to while doing dishes today! What's the harm in reading one more book?!? Clearly none!!!

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  118. Hi--I wanted to do a link in the Short Story category but I get a page not found message.

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    1. Sorry about that! I was editing a typo and I must have clicked on "Save" instead of "Publish." It's back now.

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  119. Hoping to keep up this year! -Cassandra W.

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  120. I can't figure out if I signed up or not, but I finished :). I'm working on my wrap-up post.

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