This is my official wrap-up post for Back-to-the-Classics Reading Challenge, hosted by Karen @ Books and Chocolate. I planned to read one book for each category, but I picked the wrong book for classic non-fiction. An easy, favorite genre of mine, classic non-fiction should have been a no-brainer; but Twain's Life on the Mississippi was like mental torture to me. Hence, I only completed eleven of the twelve categories.
I love to plan new books for reading challenges, and I was excited about all of these choices. My absolute favorites were: Robinson Crusoe, Lord of the Flies, Wind in the Willows, and my reread of Persuasion. With exception of The Grapes of Wrath, which I did not like (but finished it so I could rant about it), the others were good, too, and I enjoyed them as well, for various reasons.
Thank you, Karen, for hosting!
Following is a recap (with links) of my completed (and one incomplete) posts for this year's challenge:
1. A 19th Century Classic - Dracula (1897), by Bram Stoker
2. A 20th Century Classic - The Grapes of Wrath (1939), by John Steinbeck
3. A Classic by a Woman Author - Persuasion (1927), by Jane Austen
4. A Classic in Translation - La Fortune des Rougon (1871), by Émile Zola
5. A Very Long Classic Novel - East of Eden (1952), by John Steinbeck
6. A Classic Novella -- Metamorphosis (1915), by Frank Kafka
7. A Classic with a Person's Name in the Title - Robinson Crusoe (1719), by Daniel Defoe
8. A Humorous or Satirical Classic - Lord of the Flies (1954), by William Golding
9. A Forgotten Classic - A Journal of the Plague Year (1722), by Daniel Defoe
10. A Nonfiction Classic - Life on the Mississippi (1883), by Mark Twain Could not finish
11. A Classic Children's Book - Wind in the Willows (1908), by Kenneth Grahame
12. A Classic Play - "A Doll's House" (1879), by Henrik Ibsen