Sunday, December 18, 2022

Back to the Classics 2022: 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 no later than 1972 (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.

The deadline to link your wrap-up post is December 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard Time. I will notify the winner the first week of January. 


  1. Thanks as always for hosting this classics reading challenge this year! I really enjoy it as a way to organize and diversify my classics reading among the other reading challenges that I do.

    I don't have a blog, so I've linked to my Goodreads 2022 Classics shelf in the Linky. If I win, I can be contacted at 13iscute [[at]] gmail [[dot]] com

    Number of entries: 12 books/3 entries
    1. 19th century classic - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
    2. 20th century classic - Summer
    3. Classic by a woman author - Show Boat
    4. Classic in translation - Night
    5. Classic by a BIPOC author - Barracoon
    6. Mystery/detective/crime classic - The Ox-Bow Incident
    7. Classic short story collection - The Thirteen Problems
    8. Pre-1800 classic - As You Like It
    9. Nonfiction classic - Silent Spring
    10. Classic that's been on your TBR list the longest - Murder on the Orient Express
    11. Classic set in a place you'd like to visit - The Grapes of Wrath
    12. Wild card classic - Mythology

  2. Karen, I really appreciate your book challenge. It was exactly what I needed to get moving on my TBR list! I completed all twelve categories, so please enter my name into the drawing three times. (When I tell people about the challenge, they express admiration for this added incentive.)

    Here are the twelve books I read, with links to my reviews. They are arranged here based on the ratings that I gave them ( I gave four stars each to the first four books, three stars (my standard rating) to the next five, and two stars to the last three books:

    Classic by a Woman:
    The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot

    Nonfiction Classic:
    My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

    Classic in a Place You'd Like to Visit:
    How Do You Live? by Genzaburo Yoshino

    Wild Card Classic:
    Watership Down by Richard Adams

    19th Century Classic:
    Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain

    Classic in Translation:
    Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada

    Classic by a BIPOC Author:
    The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

    Mystery/Detective/Crime Classic:
    The House Without a Key (Charlie Chan #1) by Earl Derr Biggers

    Classic Short Stories:
    The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner by Alan Sillitoe

    20th Century Classic:
    Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

    Pre-1800 Classic:
    Faust (First Part) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Classic on Your TBR Longest:
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding

    Karen, thanks again for making this happen. I look forward to next year's challenge!

    All the Best,
    Uri Cohen

  3. Another year down! Thanks for hosting this. It's such an encouragement to keep stretching myself in my reading habbits.

  4. I have finished six books so am eligible for one entry. My reviews are here:
    19th Century Classic: The Scarlet Letter
    Classic by a Woman: The Pursuit of Love
    Classic in Translation: Snow Country
    Non-Fiction Classic: Tides and Eddies:
    Pre-1800 Classic: Much Ado About Nothing
    Classic in a Place You'd Like to Visit: Heidi

  5. I finished it, too! Just had to travel for a funeral in early January, so running a bit behind. Here's my recap:
    Joining again this year - thanks for hosting!


  6. Wait ... No Back to the Classics Challenge in 2023?? I'm so sad! I love this challenge and it fits my reading habits perfectly - choosing how many and choosing my categories. I just checked and only found one other classics challenge, but it's for reading 12 classics in 12 set monthly categories - doesn't really work for me. I guess I'm on my own this year ... sniff, sniff.



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