Jillian of A Room of One’s Own came up with an awesome idea to host a book club of sorts, which she has named The Classics Club. The idea is for individual readers to set a goal to read a certain number of classics over a certain period of time (say, 100 classics over a period of five years). The club is intended to be very casual–pick your own list, no stress, no major requirements, etc.–and it sounds like a lot of fun. I’m a lover of classics and there are so many I have yet to read, so I jumped at the chance to join Jillian and the other participants.
My goal is to read the following
100 101 classics over the next five years (list to be expanded if I reach the goal early), which is quite doable for me–that’s about two classics per month. Some of the books on the list will be re-reads for me (technically), but I read them so long ago (when I was a kid/teenager) that I have forgotten almost everything about them. I’m sure I will feel like I’m reading them for the first time. Plus, it’s amazing how much more one gets out of a book the second time around, when one has 20+ more years of experience and learning under one’s belt.
This list is subject to change, in case I exceed my goal or in case I decide to replace a title on the list with something different. Who knows? I may get into one of these classics and really hate it, and although I’ve only DNF’d two books in all my years of reading, I’m not opposed to doing it again (I’m looking at you, Truman Capote).
I don’t think every book will receive a “formal” review on the blog; I think for some of them, I will format my posts more like discussions or informal thoughts about the book (and its author). I’m really just going to take it as it comes and write whatever I feel like writing at the time.
Anyone is welcome to join the Classics Club, so if you’re interested, just click on the Classics Club button at the top of this page to be taken to the sign-up page on The Classics Club Blog (or click here to get more detailed information).
Start date: March 7, 2012
Goal finish date: March 7, 2017
Books in red = re-reads
Struck-through titles = read (if I choose to review a book, a link to the review will be posted next to the title)
UPDATE: I’ve decided to use Daytum to keep track of my reading stats for this challenge. You can view my profile/stats here: http://www.daytum.com/between_the_covers
Louisa May Alcott Little Women Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility Persuasion Emma Mansfield Park Northanger Abbey James Baldwin
Go Tell It on the Mountain Giovanni's RoomSamuel Beckett Molloy Malone Dies The Unnamable Saul Bellow Humbolt's Gift The Adventures of Augie March Anne Brontë The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Agnes Grey Charlotte Brontë Villette Shirley Truman Capote Breakfast at Tiffany's Lewis Carroll Alice in Wonderland Through the Looking GlassWilla Cather O, Pioneers! Death Comes for the Archbishop The Professor's House Wilkie Collins The Moonstone Daniel Defoe Robinson Crusoe Moll Flanders Roxana A Journal of the Plague Year Charles Dickens David Copperfield Bleak HouseA Tale of Two Cities Oliver Twist Great Expectations Fyodor Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment The Idiot Daphne du Maurier RebeccaAlexandre Dumas The Count of Monte Cristo The Three Musketeers George Eliot The Mill on the Floss MiddlemarchSilas Marner William Faulkner As I Lay Dying The Sound and the Fury Absalom, Absalom! F. Scott Fitzgerald Tender is the Night Gustave Flaubert Madame Bovary E.M. Forster Howard's End Maurice
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Faust Nikolay Gogol
Dead SoulsThomas Hardy Tess of the D'Urbervilles Far From the Madding Crowd Nathaniel Hawthorne The House of the Seven Gables The Celestial Railroad and Other Stories The Blithedale Romance
Les MisérablesThe Hunchback of Notre Dame Henry James The Portrait of a Lady James Joyce Ulysses The Dead Franz Kafka The TrialD.H. Lawrence Sons and Lovers The Rainbow Sinclair Lewis Babbitt Main Street Charles Robert Maturin Melmoth the Wanderer(Review) W. Somerset Maugham Of Human Bondage The Razor's Edge Cakes and Ale Herman Melville Moby-Dick Billy Budd Margaret Mitchell Gone With the Wind Vladimir Nabokov Pale Fire Pnin Ada Flannery O'Connor Wise Blood The Violent Bear It Away Everything That Rises Must Converge Ann Radcliffe The Mysteries of Udolpho Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Don Quixote William Shakespeare HamletMary Shelley Frankenstein Betty Smith A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Robert Louis Stevenson Treasure Island Bram Stoker Dracula Jonathan Swift Gulliver's Travels William Makepeace Thackeray Vanity Fair(Review) J.R.R. Tolkien (Wrap-up post) The Hobbit The Fellowship of the Ring The Two Towers The Return of the KingLeo Tolstoy War and Peace The Death of Ivan Ilyich Jean Toomer Cane Mark Twain The Innocents AbroadJules Verne Around the World in Eighty Days Journey to the Center of the Earth H.G. Wells The Island of Dr. Moreau The Time Machine Edith Wharton Ethan Frome The House of Mirth Virginia Woolf Mrs. Dalloway A Room of One's Own