The Classics Club

The Classics Club

So I’ve decided to join The Classics Club and their challenge. I usually don’t do challenges because I tend to be like, “I want to read whatever I want whenever I want and I refuse to submit to the confines of this arbitrary challenge!” Buuuut I DO need to read more classics (I’ve kinda been anti-classics since finishing my degree…hence the “I will read what I want when I want”…I got sick of being told what to read…and they were, of course, all classics). Also, this challenge doesn’t SEEM too intimidating.

Here’s where you can read about the Classics Club and its challenge in more detail. The gist of it is 50 (or more) classics in 5 years. Then blog about what you’ve read. Here’s my list I’ve submitted. It’s got several rereads but mostly new reads. I felt like I needed to add several rereads because I read so many great books in high school and in college, but they were on a deadline and I was reading them “for” someone else other than me. So I want to reread them to see if I still love them and what different stuff I can get out of them. I’ve also added tons of I MUST READ classics that I’ve been wanting to read and putting off.

Here’s my list (I’m going to edit/add to the list as needed throughout the challenge. It will probably end up longer than 50 and I’ll just consider mission accomplished when I’ve read 50 out of however many end up listed):

Fiddy Classics

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (reread)
  2. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (reread)
  3. Emma by Jane Austen (reread)
  4. Northager Abbey by Jane Austen (reread)
  5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (reread)
  6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (reread)
  7. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  8. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  9. The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis
  10. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Anne Radcliffe
  11. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  12. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  13. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (reread)
  14. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (reread)
  15. Twelfth Night by Shakespeare (reread)
  16. The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare
  17. Titus Andronicus by Shakespeare
  18. Julius Caesar by Shakespeare
  19. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  20. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  21. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  22. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  23. Slaughterouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  24. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  25. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples: The Birth of Britain by Winston Churchill
  26. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples: The New World by Winston Churchill
  27. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples: The Age of Revolution by Winston Churchill
  28. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples: The Great Democracies by Winston Churchill
  29. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (reread)
  30. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  31. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  32. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  33. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  34. Middlemarch by George Elliot
  35. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  36. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
  37. The Awakening by Kate Chopin (reread)
  38. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
  39. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  40. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  41. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  42. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  43. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  44. Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
  45. The Rivals and The School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
  46. An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Ernest (reread) by Oscar Wilde
  47. The Hypochondriac and Tartuffe (reread) by Moliere
  48. A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines (reread)
  49. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  50. A Vindication of the Right of Woman by Wollstonecraft
  51. The Life and Death of King John by Shakespeare

Whaddaya think?

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2 thoughts on “The Classics Club

    • Thanks! I’m glad they’re pretty laid back over there…I’ve already made a change! In reading “History of the English Speaking People” I decided I needed to give some Shakespeare histories another chance (I hated them in college and fake-read them just to pass)…so I’ll be adding at least one of those and removing something else!

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