Saturday, September 19, 2020

Back to the Classics 2020: 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 1970 (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.

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.


  1. Hi Karen, I just added my final wrap-up post. I’ve never finished this early before!

  2. Hi there Karen! I've just joined The Classics CLub and there are still so much that I need to figure out here. Will have to look at all the link-ups and everything! But I'll get the hang of it!

    Here's my original link if you want to have a peek: Elza Reads

  3. Kids are gonna ask me, "What did you do during The TwennyTwenny Pandemic," and I'm gonna say, "I wore a mask, worked from home and read the Palliser novels."

  4. In my 2020 classics journey I read 12 books. A direct route to my list is
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    Pat Kenber
    19th Century “Robbery Under Arms” by Ralph Boldrewood
    20th Century “I can Jump Puddles” by Alan Marshall
    By a Woman Author “My Brilliant Career” by Miles Franklin
    Classic in Translation “Flowers in the Mirror” by Li-Ju-Den
    Classic by a Person Of Colour “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston
    A Genre Classic – Western Fiction “Giant” by Edna Ferber
    Classic With a Person’s Name in the Title “Cousin Bette” by Honore de Balzac
    Classic with a Place in the Title “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith
    Classic with Nature in the Title “Riders of the Purple Sage” by Zane Grey
    Classic about a Family “The Man Who Loved Children” by Christina Stead
    Abandoned Classic “The Warden” by Anthony Trollope
    Classic Adaptation “The Makioka Sisters” by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki

  5. This is my wrap-up post:
    It's a bit surprising that I have completed this early, so.. yay me! :)
    And thanks for hosting it - hopefully it'll return next year!

  6. Thanks for hosting this! I always enjoy it.

  7. Thank you for doing this challenge. I really read some great books this year. I think this was my third time to sign up, and each time I have the goal of reading one more than last year. This year I managed to work in all twelve categories. I am so excited about that! Link to the reviews:

    19th c - Island of Dr, Moreau
    20th c- One Flew Over the Cuckcoo's Nest
    Woman - Death comes for the Archbishop
    Translation - Madame Bovary
    POC - Things Fall Apart
    Name - Rebecca
    Place - The Haunting of Hill House
    Nature - Go Tell it On the Mountain
    Family - Grapes of Wrath
    Abandoned - 1984
    Adapted - Emma
    Genre - Maltese Falcon

  8. I really enjoyed joining the challenge again this year!

  9. Finished!! I can't wait to start the 2021 challenge...

  10. Well I came close! Finished 11 but decided on Ulysses as abandoned classic and though I will finish this time it will not be before new years.

    19th century Woman in White
    20th century My Antonia
    Woman of Colour The Bluest Eye
    Classic in Translation The Illiad
    Woman author Uncle Tom's Cabin
    Genre classic Murder on the Orient Express
    Name in title Saint Joan
    Place name in title East of Eden
    Nature in title With Fire and Sword
    About family The Good Earth
    Adaptation Lord of the Flies

    I am so glad you hosted this. It has been fun and I have read so many great classics.This year though have to remember to make note of what category each book is for as took some figuring out as I had forgotten.

  11. The above post is mine. Connie Paradowski

  12. I did it! I read twelve books that fit not only into this challenge, but also a monthly challenge I made for myself. In addition to the 12 reading challenge books, I read 7 books for my author challenges (Mercedes Lackey and Tamora Pierce), and read 11 books from my TBR shelf (5 fiction and 6 non-fiction). That's 30 books read, when I only planned on 20!

  13. Thanks for hosting this challenge! This is the first time I have finished all 12 books for the challenge (earning three entries in the drawing). I can be contacted at 13iscute[-AT-]gmail[-DOT-]com

    Here is a link to my Goodreads bookshelf for this challenge.

    Here are links to my reviews:
    1. 19th century classic: Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
    2. 20th century classic: Jeopardy
    3. Classic by a woman author: The Story of My Life
    4. Classic in translation: The Count of Monte Cristo
    5. Classic by a person of color: The Bluest Eye
    6. A genre classic: Sleeping Murder
    7. Classic with a person's name in the title: Rebecca
    8. Classic with a place in the title: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    9. Classic with nature in the title: The Catcher in the Rye
    10. Classic about a family: Go Tell It on the Mountain
    11. Abandoned classic: O Pioneers!
    12. Classic adaptation: The Outsiders

    I love this challenge because it gives me an incentive to make sure I am reading classics steadily throughout the year (I try to pace it as one per month). I love the categories - they're broad enough that there's plenty of options, but more fun than simply "read 12 classics". It was fun to find books to fit the title prompts especially! I also got to fit all of the classics from my "high priority" TBR into the challenge this year. So, a good reading year!

  14. Thanks for providing encouragement to read older books in 2020! I needed it.

  15. So glad you decided to host again this year, AND next year! My link up above is to my Goodreads shelf of the challenge, but I'll try to add all the separate links in my comment here as well! It's for all 12 books, so 3 entries! You can message me at GR, but you can also email me at carmenvos1994 @ hotmail . com!

    I apologize not all my reviews are as eloquent...

    1. 19th Century Classic: Treasure Island - 4/5 - finished Feb 24
    2. 20th Century Classic: The Little Prince - 5/5 - finished Jan 7
    3. Classic by a Woman Author: And Then There Were None - 5/5 - finished Feb 1
    4. Classic in Translation: The Count of Monte Cristo - 5/5 - finished Jan 26 (in just a few days!)
    5. Classic by a Person of Color: I Am A Cat - 2/5 - finished Nov 24
    6. A Genre Classic: The Fellowship of the Ring - 5/5 - finished Nov 1
    7. Classic with a Person's Name in the Title: Tarzan of the Apes - 2/5 - finished Jan 30
    8. Classic with a Place in the Title: Death on the Nile - 3/5 - finished Dec 29
    9. Classic with Nature in the Title: The Grapes of Wrath - 4/5 - finished Feb 22 (just saw I never actually added a review, and now it's been too long SORRY!)
    10. Classic about a Family: Little Women - 4/5 - Feb 16
    11. Abandoned Classic: The Two Towers - 4/5 - finished Nov 7
    12. Classic Adaptation: Dracula - 5/5 - finished October 29

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  17. I enjoyed this challenge so much, thank you for hosting it! I finished 11 books. Here is link to my list (Sasha Hawkins at Goodreads): I can be emailed at n.hawk0824 AT gmail DOT com.

    Here are the links to my reviews:
    1. 19th Century Classic: Wuthering Heights
    2. 20th Century Classic: Rebecca
    3. Classic by a Woman Author: My Antonia
    4. Classic in Translation: The Beast Within
    5. Classic by a Person of Color: El Filibusterismo
    6. A Genre Classic: The Haunting of Hill House
    7. Classic With a Person's Name in the Title: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    8. Classic with a Place in the Title: All Quiet on the Western Front
    9. Classic with Nature in the Title: The Jungle Book
    10. Classic about a Family: Framley Parsonage
    11. Classic Adaptation: War and Peace

  18. Yay, I did it! Please let me know if I omitted any necessary information, and thanks for the fun challenge!


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