The Back to the Classics Challenge at Books and Chocolate helped me diversify my reading last year, so I looked forward to doing it again. This year, I prioritized pre-reading AmblesideOnline books in an attempt at keeping one step ahead of my children. The discovery of the Castle television series DVDs at the library in October threw me way off track, so by December I just read whatever easy reads fit in the right categories. I’ve learned my lesson and next year I’m starting with the hard to find categories and working towards the general ones.

I really wanted to read all twelve to earn three entries, and I made it!

1.  A 19th Century Classic – any book published between 1800 and 1899.
Oliver Twist by Dickens (Year 5) April

2.  A 20th Century Classic – any book published between 1900 and 1967.
Foundation by Isaac Asimov (recommended by Dad) April

3.  A classic by a woman author.
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather (Year 10 Free Read) February

4.  A classic in translation.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry December

5.  A classic published before 1800. Plays and epic poems are acceptable in this category also.
Fierce Wars and Faithful Love (The Faerie Queen, Book 1) by Edmund Spenser (Year 8) December

6.  An romance classic.
Ivanhoe by Walter Scott (Year 7) August

7.  A Gothic or horror classic.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (Year 10) June

8.  A classic with a number in the title.
The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle December

9.  A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title.
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford (Year 4) May

10. A classic set in a place you’d like to visit.
Kim by Rudyard Kipling (Year 5) January

11. An award-winning classic.
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (Year 9, AO Forum Discussion) February

12. A Russian Classic.
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky  (AO 11 optional) January-December