Back to the Classics 2019 Challenge

Books and Chocolate is hosting an awesome read-the-classics challenge for 2019, and as one of my reading goals is to continue to read more classics, I thought this would be a fun way to encourage myself to continue to read broadly.


There are twelve challenges, so one book/month, roughly. I’m going to aim for all of them, but if I can get to half, that would be great!

Here are my (tentative) books:

  1. A 19th century classicThe Mill on the Floss by George Eliot (1860).
  2. 20th century classicThe Moviegoer by Walker Percy (1961). I’ve been meaning to read this for ages.
  3. A classic by a female authorRomola by George Eliot
  4. A classic in translation: Either The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, or Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset. I’d like to read both next year, but they are Very Large, so we’ll see which one I’m in the mood for. Or maybe I’ll unearth something shorter.
  5. Classic comic novelCold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
  6. Classic tragic novelJude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  7. A Very Long classicDaniel Deronda by George Eliot (around 750 pages). You’ve noticed there’s a lot of George Eliot on this list? It’s because of another 2019 goal of mine.
  8. Classic novella: A Dickens Christmas story. I’ve been reading one each year, so my 2019 story will count for this challenge.
  9. Classic from the AmericasWide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. I keep intending to read this novel and never getting around to it.
  10. Classic from Africa, Asia, or Oceana: The Sound of the Mountain by Yasunari Kawabata.
  11. Classic from a place you’ve lived: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (Georgia!)
  12. Classic PlayTamburlaine by Christopher Marlowe

And that’s it! Since I know my selections will change, I’ll come back and update as I go, and will write a review of each book here. I’ll also review and discuss these on my YouTube channel, so go and check that out (*shameless plug*).

In fact, if you are interested in my thoughts on classics and all sorts of books, definitely check out my YouTube channel. School has kept me very busy, so I’ve not been as active as I’d like to be in either place, but I’m more active there than here.

That said, stay tuned for some 2018 wrap-up and 2019 reading goals posts!


** updated 19 April — changed #10 from The Tale of Genji, 11 from ??, and 12 from “something by Shakespeare idk.” Still not sure about the “classic in translation” choices.

12 thoughts on “Back to the Classics 2019 Challenge

  1. Thanks! I just discovered Eliot this year, but she has quickly become a favorite. Your list looks great, too! I love Ivan Denisovich, and Moby Dick is so unique (be prepared to learn a lot about whales). It’s actually one I’m hoping to re-read this year. Good luck with your challenges!


    1. Thanks! Your list looks great, too. I LOVED Middlemarch when I read it this year; I hope you like it! And I was just reading about The Morgesons recently, it sounds very interesting. Nice to meet your blog, too!


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  3. Excellent list—I really liked Romola and Mill on the Floss, and I am completing the Eliot novels (except for Felix Holt) with Daniel Deronda in 2019. I’ll be looking forward to your review of the same. Cold Comfort Farm is wonderful—always puts me in the mood for a little DH Lawrence!

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    1. Thanks! Glad to hear you enjoyed the Eliot novels. I just picked up my copies today and I’m so excited! D.H. Lawrence is on my bigger classics TBR, so maybe Cold Comfort Farm will provide a neat segue.


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