Friday, October 21, 2016

Back to the Classics 2016: Challenge Wrap-Up Post

Have you finished the Back to the Classics Challenge?  Congratulations!  This is where you'll link up to your Challenge Wrap-Up Post, after you've completed a minimum of six different categories from the original challenge post.  This post is only for Challenge-Wrap Up Posts.  If you do not have a blog, or anywhere you post publicly, please write up your post-challenge thoughts/suggestions/etc in the comments section.  Please read the directions carefully. 

By linking or commenting here, you are declaring that you have completed the challenge; that each book reviewed fits the correct definition of the category, and was published before 1966 (except for posthumous publications); and that your reviews for each category are linked to the correct post. If I cannot find links to your reviews, I cannot give you credit and thus enter you into the drawing.  THIS is where I will look at the end of the year and randomly choose the winner for the bookish prize. 

Please remember to indicate within THIS post how many entries you have earned for the prize drawing and include links to your reviews. If you do NOT include links to your original reviews IN THIS POST, I CANNOT ENTER YOU INTO THE DRAWING.

  • If you've completed six categories and you get one entry.
  • Complete nine categories, and you get two entries.
  • Complete all twelve categories, and your name is entered into the drawing three times!
  • Thank you again for participating, and congratulations again for completing the challenge!


    1. I've only done 5 of my selections so far, but with 2 months left, I know I will do better for the final wrap up. I'm currently rereading Middlemarch, so that will have to be my female author as I've already done by 19th century selection.

      Hope you host this challenge again next year--it's always one of my favorites!

    2. I have read the 12 selections, and for many, I've read additional books too! LOL. At the beginning of the year, I always worry about not having time or motivation to complete, but this has been an unusual good year in the sense that most of what I've read has been quite wonderful.

      And Jane, how lovely is Middlemarch? I'm so glad I chose this title for this year's challenge.

    3. I finished! It's been great. Looking forward to next year.

    4. This is one of my favorite challenges and I read nine books this year. I didn't, however, review any of them because I hardly reviewed any books this year. So I'm not linking my wrap up post because it only lists the books and their categories, but doesn't link to any reviews.

      Thanks for hosting!

    5. Thanks so much for the Challenge, Karen. really enjoyed it & look forward to next years. Just added my wrap-up post.

    6. I managed six! Actually seven, I think, but I just linked up the half-dozen. Looking forward to next year!

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    8. I finished all twelve! Thanks for hosting. Can't wait for next year!

    9. I finished 7 this year! Looking forward to next year's challenge as well!

    10. This is the first year I have done this challenge, and I managed to complete all twelve categories. I found the challenge quite enjoyable, and it helped me keep my resolution to read more classics. I don't keep a blog, as I'm not very good at reviewing books, but I linked up all my reviews to my Goodreads account. Now to decide if I want to take part in next year's challenge. Ashley Solomon.

    11. I'm not going to get to the last I've wrapped it up now. was fun. I'll be joining again in 2017.

    12. I managed 10 selections. Thanks for hosting, Karen!

    13. This is the first year for me doing this challenge too! I completed 10 as of now and may yet complete an 11th. I tried to read The Thin Man for the detective novel classic but really found it impossible for me. I also linked to my goodreads account list. I enjoyed this challenge and look forward to participating next year. I stuck to the list I first submitted, however, since it is not obvious, or stated in all of the reviews, which category a selection belongs to, here's the list again:

      A 19th Century Classic: Emma by Austen (200 year anniversary)
      A 20th Century Classic: Mrs. Dalloway by Woolf
      A classic by a woman author: The Grass is Singing by Lessing
      A classic in translation: The White Guard by Bulgakov
      A classic by a non-white author: A Raison in the Sun by Hansberry
      An adventure classic: Gulliver's Travels by Swift
      A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic: Cat's Cradle by Vonnegut
      A classic detective novel: DID NOT FINISH - The Thin Man by Hammett
      A classic which includes the name of a place in the title: Middlemarch by Elliot
      A classic which has been banned or censored: Invisible Man by Ellison (may yet finish!)
      Re-read a classic you read in school: The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald
      A volume of classic short stories: Russian Stories by Struve, ed

      1. Thanks for the thorough wrap-up and for the link to your Goodreads account -- may I use this as an example for other participants? Sometimes people don't quite understand the best way to participate if they don't have a blog. And thanks again for participating!

    14. This was my first challenge, and I finished 6 of 12. Of course, I read many other things, too and maybe could have fit a few of them in categories, but I'm calling it good. :)

    15. It's a wrap - here's my end of year post on what I read for this challenge:

    16. I just posted my wrap-up. I only made six of the twelve categories this year, but I thoroughly enjoyed each book.

      Thanks for hosting the challenge!

    17. I finished 6 titles for this challenge. Thanks for hosting!

    18. I linked my wrap-up post. I read 11 books so 2 entries! Thank you for hosting this challenge. I'm looking forward to next year.

    19. Thanks for hosting this. I completed 10. Will soon be signing-up for next year.