It’s hard to believe I have only one more year left in my five-year plan! I joined the Classics Club soon after starting this blog, but since then I’ve freely added to my list beyond the original 50 books. I found that having more choices made reading from The List a more enjoyable experience for me. I don’t know that I’ll ever finish the whole thing, but it’s good to have some goals in mind.
So here’s what I read this past year … bringing me to a total of 39 books. I think I can manage 11 more in the next year, but I’m not going to sweat it if I miss that goal by a few months. I’ve had a great time, encountered so many wonderful books, and stretched my reading boundaries. The next year is just going to be icing on the cake.
I can’t pick favorites this year — these books were all so different but all excellent in their own way. From a tender, imaginative children’s book about the bittersweet process of growing up, I progressed to a bizarrely powerful dream-narrative for the modern age, a magnificent Victorian panorama of doom and gloom, an acerbic postwar comedy of manners, a myth-inspired American epic, a dreamlike chronicle of post-colonial Africa, and an early feminist manifesto, ending up with another beautifully written children’s book on the theme of time, memory, and the eternity of the present moment.
Books read in Year Four
What would you pick to read next from my Classics Club list?