Thursday, December 30, 2021

Back to the Classics Challenge 2021 Wrapup

It's time to wrap up for the Back to the Classics Challenge for the year. As is becoming a motif,... I read books for more prompts than I managed to write about. (Read all twelve, blogged about nine.) Here are the ones I blogged:

20th Century Classic

Ivo Andrić' The Bridge on the Drina

Classic by a Woman Author

Mary Wollstonecraft's Letters Written from Sweden, Norway, and Denmark

A Classic in Translation

Halldór Laxness' Independent People

A Classic by a New-to-you Author

Henryk Sienkiewicz' Quo Vadis

New-to-you Classic by a Favorite Author

R. L. Stevenson's The Black Arrow

A Children's Classic

Howard Pyle's Men of Iron

A Humorous Classic

Jose Maria Eça de Queirós' The City and the Mountains

A Classic with an Animal in the Title

Willa Cather's The Song of the Lark

A Travel Classic

R. L. Stevenson's Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes

The Eça de Queirós and Wollstonecraft were library books and so missed their photo op. That's nine of the twelve categories of which I predicted...3 (!) in the original post. Even for me that's a particularly poor rate of followthrough.

Then there were the three that got away...

I've had half a post for Major Barbara in the queue for a while, but it probably won't get published now. The Maias is the book I finished most recently and I might yet write about it, (Very good! Though tricky to write about with its couple of surprise twists...) but I won't by the end of the year.

In any case All Hail! to Karen for hosting this great challenge again. 😉 And Happy New Year to all!


  1. Congrats on all your classic reads! There were some fun categories this year. I already have a list of classics I want to read next year, even if Karen decides not to host this reading challenge again. (Although I hope she does!)

    1. Thanks!

      I'm hoping Karen hosts the challenge again, too.

  2. thar's gold in them thar... stacks... i've long been curious about Laxness in an ineffective way. i should look in the library for one of his books... nice list...

    1. I definitely enjoyed the Laxness--I've thought about trying enough, but haven't yet.

  3. Great feeling when a challenge is completed!
    Now time to start 2022...what is your first book of the year?

    1. It is time for a new year, that's for sure!

      I've got about 50 pages to go--I nearly finished it last night--but the first book of the year will almost certainly be Edmund Wilson's The Shores of Light.

      Happy New Year to you!

  4. You did great! Even without some photos!