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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Back to the Classics 2018: Final Wrap-Up Posts

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 below.  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 1968 (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 the following within THIS POST, linked below, or in the comments section below if you do not have your own blog:

1. Which book corresponds to each category;

2. The number of entries you have earned for the prize drawing; 
3. 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!
Please be sure and include some kind of contact for me within your final wrap-up post. This year, I will be contacting the winner privately BEFORE posting their name publicly on this blog. If I cannot contact you, I cannot award your prize. If there is no contact on your blog post, please email me at karenlibrarian13 [at] yahoo [dot] com. 

LATEST UPDATE: It looks like I can also message the winner via Goodreads, so if you are posting reviews via your Goodreads account, I can contact you that way also. Thanks to Rachel for suggesting it!

Congratulations, and thanks again for participating in the Back to the Classics Challenge!


  1. I don't have a blog, so I will post my books here. I have completed all 12 categories.
    1. 19th century classic: Two on a Tower, by Thomas Hardy (1882). Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2480708434?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1
    2. A 20th century classic: At the Mountains of Madness, by H.P. Lovecraft (1936). Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2449420089
    3. Classic by a Woman author: Castle Rackrent, by Maria Edgeworth (1800). Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2378468129
    4. A Classic in translation: The Lais of Marie de France (1160). Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1473340832
    5. A Children's Classic: Ferien auf Saltkrokan, by Astrid Lindgren (1964). Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2265299228
    6. A Classic Crime Story: The French Powder Mystery, by Ellery Queen (1936). Review:
    7. A Classic Journey or Travel Narrative: Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift (1726). Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2238465490
    8. A Classic with a single-word Title: Vathek, by William Beckford (1786). Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2409979507
    9. A Classic with a Color in the Title: The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins (1859).Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/805139371
    10. A Classic by an Author that's new to you: The Prince, by Niccolò Machiavelli (1513). Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2306689560
    11. A Classic Story that Scares you: Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1605). Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1474420906
    12. Re-read a Favourite Classic: Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (1813). Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2238651229

    You can contact me under tupaipai(at)hotmail(dot)com

  2. I started out this challenge on my blog ( I'm number 82 on the introductory post) but I've been forced to take it down. So I'm linking (hopefully successfully ) to my Goodreads 2018 Back to the Classics Shelf - https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/74528799-serendipity?shelf=2018-back-to-the-classics

    I completed all twelve categories. I loved Pride and Prejudice but hated The Inferno. The Old Curiosity Shop, The Black Tulip, Frankenstein, The Little Prince and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde were my other top reads.
    1. Nineteenth Century Classic - The Old Curiosity Shop
    2. Twentieth Century Classic - Tender is the Night
    3. A Classic by a Woman - Frankenstein
    4. A Classic in Translation - The Metamorphosis
    5. A Children's Classic - The Little Prince
    6. A Classic Crime Story - Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
    7. A Classic Travel or Journey Narrative - Travels with Charley
    8. A Classic with a Single Word Title - Ivanhoe
    9. A Classic that scares you - The Inferno
    10. Reread a Favorite Classic - Pride and Prejudice

    1. Sandra, I've tried to link back to your posts but am unable to do so. As stated in the instructions, if I can't access any of your reviews, I can't enter you into the final drawing! I would hate to leave you out since you've completed all twelve categories -- is there any way to update the link?

  3. Not sure why the links in the individual posts don't work. The link above to my Back to the Classics shelf on Goodreads seems to always work for me regardless of computer, browser etc. Not sure why it didn't work for you. I've linked to each individual review below .Hopefully they work. Not sure what to do if they don't. Fingers crossed that all works as planned this time around.

    1. Nineteenth Century Classic - The Old Curiosity Shop
    2. Twentieth Century Classic - Tender is the Night
    3. A Classic by a Woman - Frankenstein
    4. A Classic in Translation - The Metamorphosis
    5. A Children's Classic - The Little Prince
    6. A Classic Crime Story - Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
    7. A Classic Travel or Journey Narrative - Travels with Charley
    8. A Classic with a Single Word Title - Ivanhoe
    9. Classic with a color in the title - The Black Tulip
    10. Classic by a New-to-you- author - Twelve Years a Slave
    11. A Classic that scares you - The Inferno
    12. Reread a Favorite Classic - Pride and Prejudice

  4. Just linked to my wrap up post. Finishing early feels good, and I'm working on compiling my list for 2019. Thanks so much for hosting this, my favorite reading challenge!

  5. I've linked my final post. I completed all 12, and it's great to get another year done and dusted. The links to each of the 12 reviews are in the post. My contact details are on the blog too, but to make it easier, I'll add my contact email here too. It's paulavince(at)internode(dot)on(dot)net

  6. I've posted my wrap up. I had a great year reading all of the books! I'll be sending you an email so you have a way of contacting me - I don't have an email listed on my blog.

  7. I read 9 books this year, so I qualify for 2 entries into the drawing, woo hoo! :)

    1 - 19th Century Classic: The Time Machine
    2 - 20th Century Classic: Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy
    3 - Classic Author New to Me: The Mysterious Affair at Styles
    4 - Classic by Female Author: Poirot Investigates
    5 - Classic Crime: The Murder on the Links
    6 - Classic Children's: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
    7 - Classic Color in Title: The Children of Green Knowe
    8 - Classic Single Word Title: Persuasion
    9 - Classic That Scared Me: War and Peace

    I was mostly disappointed with my picks this year. I'm hoping to choose better books next year! I did really enjoy finally discovering Agatha Christie, though, and really enjoyed Kristin Lavransdatter, one I picked up because the cover was so pretty. And after having read War and Peace, I now have the confidence to tackle any long book, so it wasn't all for naught! :)

    The links to all my reviews are here under my Back to the Classics Goodreads shelf: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/29349600-rachel-b?shelf=back-to-classics-2018

    (I have listed the links individually under each corresponding category post on your blog as well, but if I need to list them individually here, please let me know.)

    As far as contact information goes, are you able to use Goodreads to contact the winner?

    1. Apparently I can message people via Goodreads! Thank you for suggesting this, I will add it to the instructions.

  8. I don't have a blog but I hope my link to my GoodReads Classics Challenge shelf will make this easier for you.
    It has been a great year with some new writers, some brilliant books and a few disappointing ones.
    Classics challenge wrap-up

    19th Century: The Pioneers by James Fennimore Cooper https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2216343928?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

    20th Century: All That Swagger by Miles Franklin https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2220642717?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

    By a Woman Author: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2220641946?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

    Classic in Translation: Kristin Lavransdotter: The Wife by Sigrid Unset https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2220641508?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

    A Children’s Classic: The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1821767563?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

    A Classic Crime Story: The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1491383235?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

    Journey or Travel Narrative: Forbidden Journey by Ella Maillart

    A Classic with a Single Word Title: Katherine by Anya Seton https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2220639307?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

    A Classic with Color in the Title: Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1606359668?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

    A Classic by an Author New to You: Sunlight on a Broken Column by Attia Hosain https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2216343007?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

    A Classic That Scares You by its Sheer Length: Black Lamb & Grey Falcon by Rebecca West https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2216345638?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

    Re-read a Favourite Classic: To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1491301368?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

    Thank you for expanding my mind.
    Pat Kenber

  9. Yay!!! I finished the challenge! I posted the link to my blog entry and my blog entry has the list with links to all the books I chose. I hope that is correct!!! If not, please let me know and I can do whatever is needed to get my name entered in the drawing. Thanks for the challenge, this is my first time doing it. [(I am listed as either Anh or Anh Gordon or Anh (Gordon) in your category pages].

  10. Just added my wrap up link to Mr. Linky. Managed to read all twelve and am looking forward to next year. Thanks for hosting Karen! :D

  11. I posted a link to my Goodreads shelf, in the reviews I wrote which prompt it is for, I hope that's alright!

    If not, I'll post a list here:

    1. 19th century classic: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
    2. 20th century classic: Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) - published in 1968, so 50 years old exactly!
    4. Classic in translation: Peter Pan
    5. Children's Classic: Alice in Wonderland Through the Looking Glass
    9. A Classic with a color in the title: James and the Giant Peach
    10. A new-to-you-author: A Single Man

  12. Hi Karen, I've finished & linked my wrap-up post. My email is on my blog but I'll add it here too: chudson9(at)bigpond(dot)com
    Great to see you're continuing the challenge next year. The categories are interesting.

  13. I didn't think I'd get to finish the challenge but I hadn't counted on Anna Karenina being such an absorbing read!

  14. I finished the last book for the challenge a few days ago, and I just wrote and linked to my wrap up post that has all the links to the 12 books. I've also linked here to my reviews in your links for each category.

    This is my wrap up post, https://silviacachia.wordpress.com/2018/12/21/back-to-the-classics-2018-wrap-up/

    My email is silviacachia at yahoo dot com.

    Thanks for the challenge, Merry Christmas, and I'm looking forward to next year's categories!

  15. I finished! I'm so proud of myself!

  16. I don't have a blog so linking my Goodreads reviews. I completed all 12 challenges. :)

    1. 19th Century: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
    2. 20th Century: The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter
    3. A Classic by a Woman - Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
    4. A Classic in Translation - The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hašek
    5. A Children's Classic - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
    6. A Classic Crime Story - The Daffodil Affair by Michael Innes
    7. A Classic Travel or Journey Narrative - Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
    8. A Classic with a Single Word Title - Middlemarch by George Eliot
    9. A Classic with a Color in the Title - Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
    10. A Classic By an Author That's New To You - Sanshiro by Natsume Soseki
    11. A Classic that scares you - A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare
    12. Reread a Favorite Classic - Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

    You can contact me through Goodreads or through my email n.hawk0824@gmail.com :)

  17. Thomas Peaple tppeaple@gmail.com
    19th century- The Importance of Being Earnest
    20th century- 4.50 from Paddington
    Woman- The Daughter of Time
    Translation- Utopia (latin)
    Detective- The Murder of Roger Akroyd
    Colour- The Blue Castle
    New to Me- Last Seen Wearing ( Hilary Waugh)
    Children's classic- The Horse and his Boy
    journey- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
    One word- Rebecca
    Reread- Anne of Green Gables
    Intimidating- Anna Karenina

  18. Managed to read all twelve I believe. I really do love this challenge because it gets me to read some books I might not otherwise choose!

  19. I did it! And now I hope I did it right. I solemnly swear never to postpone my reviews ever again.

  20. I did it! Now I just hope I did this right as well. Next year, I'll write the reviews, as I read the books. Promise!

  21. I completed all 12 of the categories again this year (yea! So excited!). I thoroughly enjoyed every book I read this year, but if I had to pick one favorite, it would be The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It is undoubtedly the best book I have ever read.

    These are the books I read in each category (I do not have a blog, but all of my books are posted on Goodreads):

    1. 19th century classic (1800-1899): White Nights (1848) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    2. 20th century classic (1900-1968): 1984 (1949) by George Orwell

    3. Classic by a woman author: O Pioneers (1913) by Willa Cather

    4. Classic in translation: The Count of Monte Cristo (French, 1844) by Alexandre Dumas

    5. Children’s classic: Little House in the Big Woods (Little House series #1, 1932) by Laura Ingalls Wilder

    6. Classic crime story (fiction or non-fiction): In Cold Blood (1966) by Truman Capote

    7. Classic travel or journey narrative (fiction or non-fiction): Don Quixote (1605) by Miguel de Cervantes

    8. Classic with a single-word title: Macbeth (1606) by William Shakespeare

    9. Classic with a color in the title: The Woman in White (1859) by Wilkie Collins

    10. Classic by an author that’s new to me: A Bell for Adano (1944) by John Hersey

    11. Classic that scares me (one I’ve been putting off forever): Atlas Shrugged (1957) by Ayn Rand

    12. Re-read a favorite classic: Death on the Nile (1937) by Agatha Christie

    Thank you, Karen, for continuing this challenge again next year. I look forward to participating once again.

  22. I completed 9 categories just under the wire and have linked my wrap up post. Thank you for hosting this challenge and I'm glad you decided to do it again in 2019!

  23. This was a lot of fun! Thank you, Karen, for hosting this challenge, my first. I've read in all 12 categories and linked to my reivews in my wrapup post, listed above. Looking forward to 2019's challenge.

  24. Hi, I've been able to complete six categories and have linked my post. My blog is 'a hot cup of pleasure' and my email id. is neerrr(at)gmail(dot)com

  25. Linked my wrap-up post. Thanks for hosting this again!

  26. I only completed 8 categories, so I only get one chance.
    #1 A 19th century classic: The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott
    #3 A Classic by a Woman Author

    #5 A Children’s Classic: Linnets and Valerians
    #6 A Classic Crime Story: The Maltese Falcon
    #7 A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction: Kon-Tiki
    #10 A classic by an author that’s new to you: Confessions of an English Opium-Eater
    #11 A classic that scares you: Kristin Lavransdatter
    #12 Re-read a favorite classic: A Wrinkle in Time

    You can contact me at nuninmex@hotmail.com

  27. I finished a while ago, but I wasn't able to write my wrap-up (an a few reviews hehehe) until today. Thank you for this amazing challenge! :D


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