Here are the new categories for Karen @ Books and Chocolate's Back to the Classics Challenge 2016:
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.
7. A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic. Dystopian could include classics like Animal Farm or 1984.
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 in school (high school or college). 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. Children's stories are acceptable in this category only.
And here are my choices, for today. I am only planning to cover six categories.
A 19th Century classic: The Time Machine - H.G. Wells
A 20th Century classic: Doctor Zhivago - Boris Pasternak
A classic by a woman author: North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
A classic in translation: The Belly of Paris - Émile Zola (I tried, but couldn't finish it.)
A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic: A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
A classic which includes the name of a place in the title: Mansfield Park - Jane Austen