Thursday, December 22, 2016

Back to the Classics 2017

I have some pretty full plans this coming year, and none of my plans include reading classics. That's a shortcoming I ought to rectify, and Back to the Classics (hosted by Karen @ Books and Chocolate) is a great way to do that. I don't know if I'll actually be able to finish the challenge (I didn't last year either) it's a great goal regardless. We only have to read 6 to "complete" though! Surely I can do that.

19th Century
20th Century

By a woman author

In Translation
(various years)
Published before 1800
Number in the title
About an animal

Award Winner (Newbery)

Place I'd like to go


  1. This is a great list. I really should have thought of Moby Dick. I have had that on my TBR for ages. Maybe I will switch to include that.
    You have your hands full of books this year with those two great challenges that you are hosting and now this too. I am going into this classics challenge the same as you, with the complete list, but happy if I just complete the six. Things get tough here when I box myself in too much. Inevitably some book or another always comes along during the year that I have to read right then and there.
    Good luck with your goals.

    1. I told myself when I set this up that it's a challenge and not a requirement. I need to be able to fit in random stuff and fluff, too! But I hate to go a year without any plans to read the classics. I'll never get through my list of 50 this way!

  2. I've been hesitating if I will join this challenge or not.
    I haven't decided yet. I want to concentrate in non-fiction in 2017.
    Childrens' Lit: The Withch of Blackbird Pond surprised me. Many lessons to be learned for young readers!

    1. I purposely picking short books except a couple of notable exceptions like Moby Dick and Catch-22. And, of course, the Bible, which I'm reading for another challenge. We're allowed 3 kids books for the challenge, and I chose Little Women, Witch of Blackbird Pond, and Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

  3. I love Moby Dick - you just have to be patient with all those chapters that are about the history of whaling and have nothing to do with the plot!

    1. Yeah, I'm struggling whether to choose the audio format so I can zone out the "boring" passages or if I should get a Norton Critical Edition so that I don't zone out the important passages. :) I've been zoning during my audiobooks a bit lately.

  4. More power to you if you make it through Moby Dick! I just barely read Rebecca this past year and really enjoyed it; and The Witch of Blackbird Pond and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz are two of my very favorite books. What a great list of classics. Good luck with this reading challenge! :)

    1. Yeah, Moby Dick will be a long haul for me, especially considering the other books I plan on reading this year. But it's one of those books I need to get to one day. The kids books will be easy to get to this year. lol Looking forward to those!

  5. 19th century long journalism by nearly forgotten heroine Nellie Bly - a very interesting choice. Ditto for The Gambler - Grandmother's experience is a cautionary tale about how gambling is way too exciting to be good for us!

    1. I'm looking forward to the Nellie Bly book. It looks really good. I admit that I chose The Gambler because it's short. :)

  6. Nice choices. I'm not a huge fan of Moby Dick...but still, it's one of those ya gotta...right?