Monday, June 12, 2017

Challenge Link-Up Post: Final Wrap-Up

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.  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 1967 (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 within THIS post how many entries you have earned for the prize drawing and include 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!
  • Thank you again for participating, and congratulations again for completing the challenge!


    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. 

    Thanks again for participating in the Back to the Classics Challenge!


    1. I am finished with my 12 titles! Thanks for another year's challenge. My email is silviacachia at gmail dot com.

    2. I'd forgotten to add my comment to this one. My email address is paulavince at internode dot on dot net. I enjoyed the years of classics very much.

    3. This is my first year to participate in this challenge, and I’m so glad I did. I read books I would have not ordinarily read, and I am so thankful I did. I was able to finish all 12 categories, and I look forward to seeing what categories you come up for us next year. I thought the prompts gave a great variety of books to choose from. Thank you! My email address is

      The following list contains the books I read for the 2017 Back to the Classics Challenge:

      19th Century Classic: The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave

      20th Century Classic: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

      Classic by a Woman Author: Francois le Bossu

      Classic in Translation: Bonjour Tristesse

      Pre-1800 Classic: Candide

      Romance Classic: Pride and Prejudice

      Gothic or Horror Classic: Rebecca

      Classic with a Number in the Title: Three Men in a Boat

      Classic about an Animal: Animal Farm

      Classic Set in a Place You’d Like to Visit: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

      Award-Winning Classic: Friday the Rabbi Slept Late

      Russian Classic: The Death of Ivan Ilyich

      Shirley (stampartiste)

    4. I have finally worked out how to make lists on goodreads too late for this year. Will there be one next year

    5. I am finished with all 12 categories of the challenge! Here is the list of books I've read:

      1. A 19th Century Classic: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (1811)
      2. A 20th Century Classic: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932)
      3. A Classic by a Woman Author: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (1923)
      4. A Classic in Translation: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (1945)
      5. A Classic Published Before 1800: King Lear by William Shakespeare (1603)
      6. A Romance Classic: Persuasion by Jane Austen (1817)
      7. A Gothic or Horror Classic: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (1890)
      8. A Classic with a Number in the Title: 1984 by George Orwell (1949)
      9. A Classic about an Animal: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960)
      10. A Classic Set in a Place You'd Like to Visit: The Painted Veil by Somerset Maugham (1925)
      11. An Award-Winning Classic: Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (1932)
      12. A Russian Classic: We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (1924)

      I tried to squeeze into my list as many "everyone has read this but me" books as possible and I am proud of the result. I have finally read books that were on my to read shelf for years and have been recommended to me by so many people that I lost count.

      Thanks for the challenge. I am looking forward to participating in it next year.

      My email:[at]gmail[dot]com
      My Goodreads account:


    6. Just added my link. I've completed 11 books on my GoodReads shelf for this challenge, but if I read #12 before the year ends (a classic by a woman) I will add that to my shelf.

      All the books I read for this challenge were good, but the highlights were Herodotus, Thucydides, Anne Bronte's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (all new to me) and my reread of LotR. (My shelf includes my review for FotR, since that was my link for "read a classic 20th century novel" but I read the rest of it later on).

    7. Maybe my comment didn't go through the first time. I liked all the books I read for this challenge, but my favorites were:
      LotR reread (I linked to my FotR review for this challenge)
      The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

    8. I completed 6 categories and have linked up my reviews. Please ignore #14, which includes the wrong link (I'd delete it if I could.) My correct wrap up is #15. I'm reachable on readingwishes at hotmail dot com or on Twitter @readingwishes Thanks for hosting a great challenge and for inspiring us to pick up the classics!

    9. Wrap up post Classic Challenge 2017
      19th Century “Sybil” by Benjamin Disraeli. The alternative title “Two Nations” suggested the book is very relevant to the USA today.

      20th Century “The Year Before Last” By Kay Boyle. A modernist classic.

      By a Woman Author “Devoted Ladies” by M.J. Farrell (Molly Keane- out of her depth here.)

      Classic in Translation “Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wreath” by Sigrid Unset. What a find!

      Classic Published Before 1800 “The Vicar of Wakefield” by Oliver Goldsmith. A Vicar’s picaresque journey through life.

      A Romance Classic “The Song of the Lark” by Willa Cather. Probably my favourite book in this year’s challenge.

      A Gothic or Horror Classic “Uncle Silas” by Sheridan Le Fanu. Made me jump when I least expected it.

      Classic with a Number in the Title “Two on a Tower” by Thomas Hardy. Not Hardy’s best book.

      Classic with an Animal in the Title “The Island of Sheep” by John Buchan. An enthralling adventure.

      A Classic Set in a Place you’d like to Visit. “Mary O’Grady by Mary Lavin. Not a great novel about Dublin but led me to her magnificent short stories.

      An Award-winning Classic “The Slow Natives” by Thea Astley. The Miles Franklin Award winner.

      A Russian Classic “A Hero of Our Time” by Mikhail Lermotov. This is a psychological novel of great skill.

      Thank you Karen. Once again the Classics Challenge has led me on a literary journey that has broadened my reading life and through that my experience of other lives and times.

      Thank you


    10. I'm done and I've linked :) Thanks for hosting this! My email address is onbookes at

    11. I posted my wrap up a couple of days ago but it doesn't seem to appear here, so here we go again.

      I finished all 12 categories of Back to the Classics Challenge 2017. Most of the books I read belonged to the "everyone has read this but me" type and I am really happy that this challenge helped me to finally read them!

      Thank you, Karen, for the amazing challenge. I hope there is going to be another one in 2018.


    12. I read books for all 12 categories, although I only reviewed 11 of them. I read some really great classics this year, so I'm very happy.
      My e-mail address is mybookstrings at gmail dot com

    13. Is there a date by which we have to submit here? I'm working on book #12 right now but probably won't have a post up on my site until later.