- Complete six categories, and you'll get one entry in the drawing;
- Complete nine categories, and you'll get two entries in the drawing;
- Complete all twelve categories, and you'll get three entries in the drawing
2. A 20th century classic. Any book first published from 1900 to 1972. All books must have been published at least 50 years ago; the only exceptions are books which were written by 1972 and posthumously published.
3. A classic by a woman author.
4. A classic in translation. Any book first published in a language that is not your primary language. You may read it in translation or in its original language, if you prefer.
5. A classic by BIPOC author. Any book published by a non-white author.
6. Mystery/Detective/Crime classic. It can be fiction or non-fiction (true crime). Examples include Murder on the Orient Express, Crime and Punishment, In Cold Blood.
7. A classic short story collection. Any single volume that contains at least six short stories. The book can have a single author or can be an anthology of multiple authors.
8. Pre-1800 classic. Anything written before 1800. Plays and epic poems, such as the Odyssey, are acceptable in this category.
9. A nonfiction classic. Travel, memoirs, and biographies are great choices for this category.
10. Classic that's been on your TBR list the longest. Find the classic book that's been hanging around unread the longest, and finally cross it off your list!
11. Classic set in a place you'd like to visit. Can be real or imaginary -- Paris, Tokyo, the moon, Middle Earth, etc. It can be someplace you've never been, or someplace you'd like to visit again.
12. Wild card classic. Any classic book you like, any category, as long as it's at least 50 years old!
- All books must have been written at least 50 years ago to qualify; therefore, books must have been published no later than 1972 for this challenge. The only exceptions to this rule are books which published posthumously but written before 1972. Recent translations of classic novels are acceptable.
- All books must be read during read from January 1 through December 31, 2022. Books started before January 1 do not qualify. All reviews must be linked to this challenge by 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2023. I will post links the first week of January for each category, which will be featured on a sidebar of this blog for convenience through the entire year. (The link for the final wrap-up will be posted towards the end of the year, to avoid confusion).
- The deadline to sign up for the challenge is April 1, 2022. After that, I'll close the link and you'll have to wait until next year's challenge. Please include a link to your actual sign-up post, not your blog URL/home page. Make sure you sign up in the Linky below, not the comments section. If I do not see your name in the sign-ups, you are not eligible. If you've made a mistake with your link, just add a new one and let me know in the comments. It's no trouble for me to delete an incorrect link.
- Books may NOT cross over within this challenge -- that is, you may not count the same book multiple times within this challenge. You MUST read a different book for each category in this challenge, or it doesn't count.
- Participants must post a wrap-up and link it to the challenge, and it must include links to all the books they've read for this challenge, specifying which books for each challenge. If I cannot confirm which books you've read for each challenge, I will not enter your name into the drawing. It is fine to rearrange books for the challenge, since many books can fit multiple categories -- just let me know in the final wrap-up!
- The wrap-up post MUST include contact information so that I can contact the winner privately before announcing the winner on this blog. If your blog doesn't have a link, or if you have a Goodreads account, let me know in the comments of wrap-up post. If I cannot contact you, I cannot award you the prize!
- The winner will be announced on this blog the first week of January, 2021. All qualifying participants will receive one or more entries, depending upon the number of categories they complete as stated above. One winner will be randomly selected from all qualifying entries. I will contact the winner privately and award the prize before posting on the blog.
- The winner will receive a gift certificate in the amount of $30 (US) from Amazon.com (US) OR $30 in books from The Book Depository. Winners must live in a country that receives shipment from one of these online retailers. To check if your country receives deliveries from The Book Depository, click here.
Can I read e-books and audiobooks for the challenge!
Can I read more than one book by the same author!
Can I read more than one book for each category?
Well, yes and no. Many books can fit more than one category, so for example if you wanted to read only books by women authors, or books in translation, that would work, as long as they fit the criteria for that category, i.e., 20th century or humor/satire. But if you want three entries in the final drawing, you have to have one book for each category, not just repeat categories. Of course, you are NOT required to completed all 12 to qualify -- you just get less entries.
Do I need to read the books in order?
What if I don't have a blog?
Hi Karen! Thanks for hosting this fun challenge again! Does the Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh count as short story collection? There are four books, each with multiple short stories. There are illustrations, though the stories seem pretty long to be counted as just a picture book, so I am curious!ReplyDelete
I'm going to read the Winnie Pooh collections too!Delete
hopefully it doesn't count, regardless of the pictures..
Dear Karen, your challenge got me into reading classics again in 2017 and I've thoroughly enjoyed it since then. I'm so excited for this new chance of dipping deeper into classic literature. Thank you for hosting the challenge.ReplyDelete
Thank you for hosting again! Love the prompts!ReplyDelete
Yay! I'm in!ReplyDelete
I am so glad you are hosting this again! It's only my second year and I'm really looking forward to participating again. Thank you!ReplyDelete
Thanks for hosting this again!ReplyDelete
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I just put up my list. Thanks again, KarenReplyDelete
Yay! Thank you thank you!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Karen for doing this for another year. I will work on my list this weekend. I love the WILD CARD category!ReplyDelete
Hi Karen -- thanks so much for hosting this again. It always leads to my reading some really good books, even though I've yet to read all the categories. I'll work on my list this weekend and officiallys "sign up" next week. I, too, love the wild card category!ReplyDelete
Thank you for hosting once again! I'm excited to get going on my list!ReplyDelete
I'm excited to participate in this challenge for the 5th year in a row! This challenge is the reason I started a blog. Thank you for hosting again!ReplyDelete
Oh Yay! I thought you weren't going to run it this year. Thanks so much Karen. This is my favorite challenge.ReplyDelete
Thanks again for hosting, Karen! I'm looking forward to it!ReplyDelete
Thanks for running this again! I am determined to do better than last year! (Last year was 0. It's a low bar.)ReplyDelete
Yay, thank you for running this again, Karen! Always a highlight.ReplyDelete
I'm so happy to see you're hosting the Back to the Classics Challenge again this year! Thank you for the work you put into running it.ReplyDelete
Thanks for hosting this challenge again!!ReplyDelete
Thank you for hosting this challenge again this year! It's my favorite reading challenge. And you chose some great categories. :DReplyDelete
Thanks again for hosting! I just added my sign up postReplyDelete
I have joined some other challenges, and went down some YouTube rabbit hole about beat books to read, and I ended up excited to read some classics. Thanks for the challenge.ReplyDelete
Hello and thank you so much for hosting again! I love the prompts for this year. My link is to my Goodreads post, I can be found on Goodreads @ https://goodreads.com/sarabelleReplyDelete
Well, I wasn't going to sign up for any challenges this year, but I find that I just can't resist this one!ReplyDelete
I looked at a lot of other book challenges, but I like the Back to the Classics Challenge the best. I hope it will give me the motivation I need to tackle my TBR list. It's already motivated me to open a Goodreads account. Thanks, Karen!ReplyDelete
Happy to join again this year! I;m a bit late, but I'm already reading a classic!ReplyDelete
Happy to be here!ReplyDelete
Bit of a late start to sign up for a reading challenge but giving it a go nonetheless.ReplyDelete
My Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/justbaibeDelete
So excited you're doing the challenge again! I've been reading even though I'm late signing up.ReplyDelete
Just under the wire! Thanks so much Karen for running this challenge again. :DReplyDelete
Hello Karen! Thank you for hosting this challenge! Rather last minute, but I'm really excited to participate for the first time!ReplyDelete
This is very last minute, but I just found the challenge!
Signed up as Asakes.
Have you given any thoughts to 2023?ReplyDelete
I didn't read much last year so had to skip this challenge for the first time in years. Hope you'll be back for 2023!ReplyDelete