Saturday, December 21, 2013

Back to the Classics Challenge 2014

I didn't have a lot of luck with challenges this year - I forgot about the TBR Challenge and Paranormal Reading Challenge until like March. By the time I remembered, I was too busy with All The Jobs and couldn't be bothered. HOWEVER, this one will be different. My fabulous co-blogger, Amber, and I will be reading the books for this challenge together and doing joint reviews once we have them read. For the "New to You" category, we'll do separate reviews. (I've read nearly everything by H.G. Wells, and Amber has read everything by Jane Austen.) This is going to be a lot of fun.

Karen at Books and Chocolate is the host of the Back to the Classics Challenge this year. Below is some information about the challenge, taken from the sign-up page, if you're interested in joining in as well.


A classic as a book that was published at least 50 years ago. Therefore, any book published after 1964 is ineligible.

All books must be read in 2014. Books started prior to January 1, 2014 are not eligible. Reviews must be linked by December 31, 2014.

E-books and audiobooks are eligible! Books can count for other challenges you may be working on. However, books may NOT crossover categories within this challenge. You may NOT count the same book twice for different categories in this challenge.

If you do not have a blog, you may link your review from Goodreads or other publicly accessible online format.

Please sign up for the challenge using the linky below BEFORE MARCH 1, 2014. Please link to your sign-up announcement post (if possible/applicable).

You do not have to list your books prior to starting the challenge, but it is more fun that way :). You can always change your list at any time. You can read the books in any order (including mixing in the optional categories at any time).

You can decide to attempt the optional categories at any point (you can also bow out of the optional categories at any point as well).

And to clarify, you have to read different books for each category -- you can repeat authors or genres, but no fair using the same book multiple times within this challenge! The only book that you can repeat is in the movie/TV adaptation review.

Find out more at Books and Chocolate!

Our 2014 Book Choices:

Required Categories:

1. 20th Century Classic

Brave New World by Aldus Huxley

2. 19th Century Classic

Mrs. Dalloway by Victoria Woolf

3. Classic by a Woman Author

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

4. Classic in Translation

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

5. Wartime Classic

Night by Elie Wiesel
Our Review

6. Classic by an Author Who Is New To You

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (Amber)
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (Kayla)

Optional Categories:

7. American Classic

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

8. Classic Mystery, Suspense or Thriller

Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

9. Historical Fiction Classic

Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor

10. Classic That's Been Adapted Into a Movie or TV Series

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

11. Extra Fun Category

The Great Gatsby (2013)

Leave us your link in the comments if you're participating in this challenge as well so we can follow your progress!


  1. All excellent choices! I highly recommend Night, P&P, and Gatsby.

    1. We're reading Night first for the challenge. I'm a little bit nervous-excited about dipping into Jane Austen after all these years of tactfully avoiding her. :-)


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