Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Back to the Classics 2021: 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. Earliest I've ever finished. As always lots of fun. Thanks for hosting again :)

    1. Congratulations, and thanks for participating again! I have one more book left and I'll be finished also.

  2. Oh my. I haven't even started this challenge yet. I had high hopes for rereading some of my favorites like Anthony Trollope but I guess I signed up for too many challenges this year.

  3. Some reading plans #BackToTheClassics went very well,
    ….other plans, not so much.
    I’ll start to wrap-up other commitments I made way
    back on December 2020!

    Thanks to Karen @Books and Chocolate
    for hosting yet again….#BackToTheClassics.

  4. Thanks again Karen for sending me on a fascinating and satisfying literary journey.
    12 books read - Yeah!!
    19th century: Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3717657927
    20th century: Died in the Wool by Ngaio Marsh https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3717659644
    By a Woman Author: Owls Do Cry https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3717660961
    Classic in Translation: Australian Legendary Tales Translated by K. Langloh Parker https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4143005705
    Classic by a Person of Color: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3717663618
    Classic by a New to You Author: Such is Life by Tom Collins https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3717664616
    Classic New to You by a Favourite Author: Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3717674492
    Classic About an Animal: White Fang by Jack London https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3717665693
    A Children’s Classic: The Cay by Theodore Taylor https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3717666782
    A Satirical Classic: Main Street by Sinclair Lewis https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3717667861
    A Travel or Adventure Classic: Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3717669057
    A Classic Play: The Deep Blue Sea by Terrence Rattigan https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3717670853

  5. I failed miserably in this challenge. I haven't read one book yet.

  6. I'm done now. Contact me at jannghi2 [at] yahoo [dotcom]

  7. I am reading Persuasion in the next few days to complete the entire challenge! I haven’t written any reviews yet though.

  8. I finished the 6 books I was hoping to read. Thank you for hosting this challenge, I enjoyed it.

  9. Finally done! It's been an amazing year of reading. Thanks again for hosting this.

  10. Finished all 12 for the 6th year in a row. Thanks for hosting!

  11. I managed to read books for just 6 of the categories. Thanks for hosting - are you running this next year?

  12. I was trying to complete a number of challenges this year, so I feel like 10 out of 12 wasn't so bad.

    Here are the 10 that I have read:
    A 19th century classic - The adventures of huckleberry finn https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3730476717
    A 20th century classic - Absent in the Spring https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3786730119
    A classic by a woman author - Giant's Bread https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4130722451
    A classic in translation - Wind, Sand and Stars https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3838142089
    A classic by a new-to-you author - On the Road https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4100212949
    New-to-you classic by a favorite author - James and the giant peach https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4044878035
    A classic about an animal, or with an animal in the title - The old man and the sea https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4394048415
    A children's classic - The little prince https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3327218902
    A humorous or satirical classic - Brave new world https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3396264919
    A travel or adventure classic - The currents of space https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3839215929

  13. Just to follow up on my last post - my contact information is bhatiaanchal478@gmail.com

  14. Thanks Karen for hosting this challenge again this year! It's a fun way to get more classics into my reading list.

    Since I don't have a blog, I'll link my Goodreads reviews below. (My Linky is "Katie (12 books)" and it links to my Goodreads shelf with all of the books for this challenge)

    I completed all 12 categories, earning three entries into the drawing.

    1. 19th Century - The Scarlet Letter
    2. 20th Century - How the West Was Won
    3. Woman author - Pride and Prejudice
    4. Translation - The Stranger
    5. BIPOC author - Their Eyes Were Watching God
    6. New-to-you author - Born Free
    7. New book/fav. author - Death on the Nile
    8. Animal - Travels with Charley
    9. Children's - The Little Prince
    10. Humorous/Satirical - Cold Comfort Farm
    11. Travel/Adventure - Ice
    12. Play - The Crucible

    I can be contacted at 13iscute at gmail dot com

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  17. I read 9 books this year and earned 2 entries into the drawing.

    Woman Author: A Room of One’s Own -- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3781500049
    New To You Author: Rebecca -- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3781505574
    In Translation: Child of the Dark -- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3497304480
    New to You From Backlist of Author You’ve Already Read: Mere Christianity -- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3857723396
    1900'1971: Nicholas and Alexandra -- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3874515210
    Humor or Satire: The 13 Clocks -- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3861113714
    Travel or Adventure: Hinds’ Feet on High Places -- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4007044660
    Children’s: Anne of Green Gables -- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3874513672
    About Animal or Animal in Title: Animal Farm -- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3861111190

  18. Is there going to be a Back to the Classics 2022?

  19. Only 6 books this year, but I still get 1 entry into the drawing!

  20. Thanks for hosting this once again!

  21. Thank you for this wonderful challenge, Karen! I always enjoy participating.

    I technically completed the challenge (read 12 books) though only have reviews for 9 books! I'm really bad at this hahaha! Anywho, here are the links to my reviews.

    19th century: Zofloya, or the Moor by Charlotte Dacre https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2454152516

    20th century: The Return of the Solider by Rebecca West https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2483072182

    Classic by a woman author: To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1739486265

    Classic in Translation: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1527047322

    Classic by a new-to-you author: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1828495119

    Classic about an animal: The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2081910376

    Children's classic: The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2036548284

    Humorous/Satirical classic: The Luck of the Bodkins by P.G. Wodehouse https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2307991121

    Classic play: The Cid by Pierre Corneille https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2307991121

  22. I am so glad to have finished the challenge this year. Second in a row! Now I just need to remember to post the results. lol


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