Friday, December 30, 2016

Back to the Classics Challenge 2016: My Final Wrap-Up

I'm finished! One day left and I finished my own challenge (thank goodness!). Here's what I read, with links to my reviews:

19th Century Classic: Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope. Completed 3/11/16.

20th Century Classic: Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis. Completed 1/29/16.

Classic by a Woman Author: The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Completed 5/17/16.

Classic in Translation: The Conquest of Plassans by Emile Zola. Completed 11/01/16.

Classic by a Non-White Author: The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas. Completed 12/26/16.

Adventure Classic: Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne. Completed 2/20/16.

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, or Dystopian Classic: The Phoenix and the Carpet by E. Nesbit. Completed 2/23/16.

Classic Detective Novel: Armadale by Wilkie Collins. Completed 2/15/16.

Classic with a Place in the Title: New Grub Street by George Gissing. Completed 3/20/16

Banned or Censored Classic: Grand Hotel by Vicki Baum. Completed 10/5/16.

Reread a Classic From School: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Completed 9/10/16.

Classic Short Stories: Plum Pie by P. G. Wodehouse. Completed 12/11/16.

Favorite reads of the year: The Phoenix and the Carpet; The Shuttle; and Phineas Redux, though I also really enjoyed Lucky Jim and The Black Tulip. 

Least favorite: The Conquest of Plassans was okay, but not my favorite Zola. It did have some good moments though. And New Grub Street was pretty depressing, though well written.

I'm happy to be finished with the challenge and looking forward to my 2017 reads. Don't forget, tomorrow is the last day to post your challenge-wrap up and qualify for the Back to the Classics Challenge prize!


  1. Congratulations on finishing! Great list too. I just started on the Palliser novels this year with Can You Forgive Her.

    1. I love the Pallisers! I only have the last two left, and I'm really happy that Everyman's Library is re-issuing a restored version of the final novel, The Duke's Children. It'll be published in April.


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