2018 is already halfway over! How's everyone doing with the Back to the Classics Challenge?
I'm happy to report that I've already finished nine of of the twelve categories. Here's what I've read so far:
- 19th Century Classic: Nina Balatka and Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope
- 20th Century Classic: The Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott
- Classic in Translation: A Love Story by Emile Zola
- Children's Classic: Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery
- Classic Travel or Journey: Orient Express by Graham Greene
- Classic With a Single-Word Title: Peony by Pearl S. Buck
- Classic With a Color in the Title: Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxeley
- Classic By a New-To-You Author: Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane
- Re-Read a Favorite Classic: Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
That leaves me with only three categories left: Classic by a Woman Author; Classic Crime Novel; and (naturally) Classic That Scares You. So far I think my favorite was The Jewel in the Crown (except for Wives and Daughters, of course!) I'm hoping to start the next book in the series this summer, though I won't be able to count it for this challenge since it doesn't really fit any of the remaining categories.
I'm also planning on reading Crime and Punishment this summer, which I will probably count as the Classic that Scares Me (unless I count it for Classic Crime). I'm also hoping to read something by Irene Nemirovsky which I can count as my Classic by a Woman Author.
I'm very pleased with my progress. And how is everyone else doing? As a little incentive, I'm having a giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a beautiful Penguin Clothbound Classic of their choice (value up to US $20).
Here are the rules for the Giveaway:
1. To enter, you must already have been signed up for the challenge (sorry, the cutoff date was back in March.) If you have not already on the list, YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE.
2. Challenge participants must have already linked at least one review to one of the twelve categories in the 2018 Back to the Classics Challenge. If you've signed up but haven't posted any reviews, the cutoff date to post is July 31.
3. Any new links to the Challenge must follow the original parameters for the Challenge.
4. Challenge participants must leave a comment below, letting me know which book they've most enjoyed reading for the challenge. If you like, you can also tell me which Penguin Clothbound Classic you would choose if you won (you can change your mind if you're the winner). Include an link or an email address so I can let you know if you've won.
5. One lucky winner, drawn at random, will receive his or her choice of Penguin Clothbound Classic valued up to $20 (US) from either Amazon.com OR The Book Depository. The winner must live in a country where they can receive delivery from Amazon.com or The Book Depository. If you're not sure, click here to see if The Book Depository delivers to your country.
6. Comments and links must be posted no later than July 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m., U.S. Pacific Standard Time. On July 1, I'll post the name of the winner.
7. The winner must contact me with a good address by August 8, 2018, at 11:59 p.m., or I'll choose another winner.
So what are you waiting for? Post some reviews, tell me which books you liked best, and let me know which Penguin Classic you'd pick if you won!