Wrap-Up: Back to the Classics Challenge 2021

In a year that was full of real-life challenges, reading challenges took a back-seat and so I am pretty happy that I have been able to successfully finish the Back to Classics Challenge 2021 hosted @Books and Chocolate.

The goal was to read books published 50 years ago in 12 categories. I couldn’t manage all the twelve but was able to finish nine. The number in brackets after the title of the book is the link-up number in that particular category. My sign-up number for the challenge was 128. Email id is neerrr(at)protonmail(dot)com

  1. A 19th century classic: any book first published from 1800 to 1899
  2. A 20th century classic: any book first published from 1900 to 1971: The Old Manor by Cecil Freeman Gregg (1945) (37)
  3. A classic by a woman author: The Album by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1933) (38)
  4. A classic in translation: Three Comrades (Drei Kamraden) by Erich Maria Remarque. (37)
  5. A classic by BIPOC author; that is, a non-white author: In Andamans: The Indian Bastille by Bejoy Kumar Sinha (23)
  6. A classic by a new-to-you author, i.e., an author whose work you have never read: The Seventh Guest by Gaston Boca (41)
  7. New-to-you classic by a favorite author — a new book by an author whose works you have already read: The Black Shrouds by Conyth Little (1941) (40)
  8. A classic about an animal, or with an animal in the title. The animal can be real or metaphorical: Pigeons on the Grass by Wolfgang Koepenn (34)
  9. A children’s classic.
  10. A humorous or satirical classic: The Majestic Mystery by Denis Mackail (34)
  11. A travel or adventure classic (fiction or non-fiction): An Afternoon to Kill by Shelley Smith. The Main Character flies to India and has a curious adventure. (34)
  12. A classic play. This is a work that was originally written for the stage. Plays will only count in this category.


Did you take part in the challenge too? How did you fare?

12 thoughts on “Wrap-Up: Back to the Classics Challenge 2021

  1. I joined the challenge last year but I did not do any better in 2021 than I did the year before. I mainly forget to track and keep up with what I am reading for challenges.

    You did very well, congratulations. I just went and read your review of The Black Shrouds by the Little sisters. Sounds worth a read. I thought I had more books by her but they are not cataloged.

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    1. I am also hopeless about linking up for challenges, Tracy. And this year I couldn’t even review a majority of books read. I love the Little sisters. Only wish they were more easily available.


  2. Great job Neeru 🙂 It’s nice to see that you not only completed the challenge (especially when real life three up so many challenges) but also read so many interesting titles, most of which are calling out to me, but particularly Bejoy Kumar Sinha, Denis Mackail, Cecil Freeman Greg and also Shelley Smith.

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