For some company in my quest to expand my reading horizons, I’m joining The Classics Club — an online community that encourages bloggers to read and blog about classic fiction. The challenge is to make a personal list of at least 50 classics (the definition of which is up to you) and read and post about them within 5 years. I’ll have to read about one per month at that rate, so I’d better get started.
A list of 50 books looks pretty daunting so I divided mine into categories to liven things up. The categories I chose were:
Phoenix Award winners
These are books for children and young adults that didn’t win a major award on publication, but are being recognized 20 years later. I figure that hindsight is a pretty good way to detect some neglected classics. I’ve posted the entire list of winners here.
Trying again with authors I didn’t like the first time
I’ve been resistant to reading these, for obvious reasons, but just because I hated the first book I read by a particular author (the grim and depressing The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope, for example) it doesn’t mean I won’t like another one (say, Barchester Towers, which sounds a bit more fun). So I’m giving them another chance.
Unread books by favorite authors
Here is the opposite situation — when I find an author I like I tend to read everything they’ve ever written. Sometimes there are gaps left in my list, though, so here I’ll fill some of them in.
Around the world
I read a lot of British and American lit but want to branch out into some other countries and cultures. This list is definitely pushing me beyond my comfort zone, but I hope I’ll discover some unexpected treasures.
Classics of comedy
The above lists have some heavy duty reading in them, so I wanted to focus specifically on some books to lift the spirits. Some of these have been on my “to read” list for years, and I’m really looking forward to finally getting around to them.
Click here for my full list, and let me know if you have one too!