Sunday, December 21, 2014

Back to the Classics Challenge 2014: My Final Wrap-Up Post

Well, I've finally completed the Back to the Classics Challenge 2014!!  Here's what I read:

19th Century Classic:  Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope.  Completed 8/7/14.
20th Century Classic:  The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West.  Completed 2/6/14.
Classic By a Woman Author:  The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton.  Completed 1/18/14.
Classic in Translation: Nana by Emile Zola.  Completed 8/10/14.
Classic About War:  The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck.  Completed 5/19/14.
Classic by an Author That's New to Me: The Post-Office Girl by Stefan Zweig.  Completed 3/31/14.

Optional Categories:

American Classic: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. Completed 7/27/14.
Classic Mystery, Suspense or Thriller Novel: The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katherine Green.  Completed 12/6/14.
Classic Historical Fiction:  Sapphira and the Slave Girl by Willa Cather.  Completed 1/22/14.
Classic Adapted into a Movie/TV Series:  He Knew He Was Right by Anthony Trollope.  Completed 3/3/14.
Movie/TV Series Adaptation Review: He Knew He Was Right.  Completed 5/24/14.

This was a fun challenge.  I'm really pleased that I read ten classics, most of which were from my own TBR shelves or from my Classics Club list.  I think my favorites were the two Trollopes, Rachel Ray and He Knew He Was Right; The Glimpses of the Moon, and The Post Office Girl.

My least favorite was probably Moby-Dick.  I'm glad I finished it, but I don't think I would have gotten through it if I hadn't listened to it on audio.  I don't have any plans to read any more books by Melville in the near future!  Nana was also a disappointment, compared to the other books I've read by Zola.  Other than those two, I really enjoyed all my choices.  I still have lots more Trollopes on the TBR shelves, plus some Wharton, and I also have a big fat edition of the Collected Stories of Stefan Zweig, so I'm looking forward to that.

And now I'm ready to start my Back to the Classics Challenge 2015!  Who's with me?


  1. Trollope is one 19th century author I have never really gotten into, but I hope to change that. I have never heard of The Glimpses of the Moon or The Post Office Girl, but they sound intriguing. I'll be posting my challenge list soon!

  2. A lovely range of classics - I'm pleased that you rate those two Trollopes so highly, because they're both on my list for next year.

  3. Congratulations! I may have to pick up Glimpses of the Moon. :)

  4. I love your eclectic list! And congratulations on finishing, just in time to start again!