Classics Club

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In the words of its moderators, “The Classics Club was started on March 7, 2012 by a blogger who wanted to ‘unite those of us who like to blog about classic literature, as well as to inspire people to make the classics an integral part of life.’ She thought about several ideas but finally settled on inviting people to make out a list of (at least 50) classic titles they intend to read and blog about within the next five years. After a few months, the club grew, and it was decided to create a separate site to house everything related to The Classics Club.”

Here is my list, with 50 titles that I would like to read within 5 years (that would be by May of 2019). To further complicate things, I’m breaking my list up into five categories. Because my main goal here is to expand my reading horizons, I’m mostly including books I haven’t read already, although there are a few I may have read and don’t remember well. And, I’m allowing myself a list of additional bonus books to substitute in at whim.

Phoenix Award winners
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1. The Mozart Season – Virginia Ewer Wolff
2. A Solitary Blue – Cynthia Voigt August 2014 – 1
3. The Seventh Raven – Peter Dickinson
4. Throwing Shadows – E.L. Konigsburg
5. Smith – Leon Garfield June 2014 – 1
6. The Striped Ships – Eloise McGraw
7. The Fledgling – Jane Langton *
8. A Chance Child – Jill Paton Walsh
9. The Mark of the Horse Lord – Rosemary Sutcliff July 2015 – 2
10. White Peak Farm – Berlie Doherty

Trying again with authors I didn’t like the first time
11. Barchester Towers – Anthony Trollope July 2014 – 1
12. The Aspern Papers – Henry James June 2015 – 2
13. A Sentimental Journey – Laurence Sterne
14. The Spire – William Golding
15. Dubliners – James Joyce
16. Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf July 2015 – 2
17. The Girls of Slender Means – Muriel Spark
18. The Ghost of Thomas Kempe – Penelope Lively *
19. Three plays – Eugene O’Neill November 2016 – 3
20. A Separate Peace – John Knowles January 2016 – 2

Unread works from favorite authors
21. A Fugue in Time – Rumer Godden
22. Martin Chuzzlewit – Charles Dickens
23. The Matchmaker – Thornton Wilder July 2015 – 2
24. Armadale – Wilkie Collins August 2015 – 2
25. Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton July 2016 – 3
26. Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury November 2016 – 3
27. Saplings – Noel Streatfeild December 2015 – 2
28. An Old-Fashioned Girl – Louisa May Alcott July 2015 – 2
29. Sapphira and the Slave Girl – Willa Cather December 2014 – 1
30. Love – Elizabeth von Arnim *

Around the world
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy (Russia) October 2015 – 2
32. The Makioka Sisters – Junichiro Tanizaki (Japan) December 2016 – 3
33. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie (India)
34. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Colombia)
35. The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse (Germany) November 2015 – 2
36. July’s People – Nadine Gordimer (South Africa)
37. My Brilliant Career – Miles Franklin  (Australia)
38. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe (Nigeria)
39. Le Grand Meaulnes – Alain-Fournier (France) October 2014 – 1
40. Bliss and Other Stories – Katherine Mansfield (New Zealand) January 2015 – 1

Classics of comedy
41. Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis July 2016 – 3
42. Three Men in a Boat – Jerome K. Jerome August 2016 – 3
43. Wise Children – Angela Carter
44. Angel – Elizabeth Taylor
45. The Brandons – Angela Thirkell December 2014 – 1
46. Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House – Eric Hodgins February 2016 – 2
47. My Life and Hard Times – James Thurber
48. The Towers of Trebizond – Rose Macaulay March 2015 – 1
49. Excellent Women – Barbara Pym
50. Diary of a Provincial Lady – E.M. Delafield December 2016 – 3

Random bonus/alternate books
51. Foundation – Isaac Asimov
52. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
53. Troy Chimneys – Margaret Kennedy
54. Evelina – Fanny Burney
55. The Home-Maker – Dorothy Canfield Fisher December, 2014 – 1
56. Looking Backward – Edward Bellamy
57. The Magnificent Ambersons – Booth Tarkington
58. Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes
59. The Rise of Silas Lapham – William Dean Howells
60. Miss Marjoribanks by Margaret Oliphant

Year 1: 9 books
Year 2: 10 books
Year 3: 7 so far

Here is a massive list of 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read from the Guardian that helped me to make my list.

Starting in 2017, I’m planning to do my classics reading differently, aiming to read and blog about at least 10-12 books per year, but not necessarily sticking to the above list.

Here are some other books I would like to read:

Rereads:
Don Quixote
The Return of the Native
Man’s Search for Meaning
Zorba the Greek
Clarissa
Pamela
Tristram Shandy
The Brothers Karamazov
The Prince
Candide
A Room of One’s Own
Heart of Darkness
All Quiet on the Western Front
The Red Badge of Courage
The Three Theban Plays

Unread:
The Magic Mountain
Evelina
Portrait of a Lady
Jude the Obscure
Rise of Silas Lapham
Robinson Crusoe
Chekhov stories
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
War and Peace
The Good Soldier
The Magician of Lublin
Ivanhoe
Effie Briest
East of Eden
Invisible Man (Ellison)
The Years (Woolf)

The
Classics Club was started on March 7, 2012 by a blogger who wanted to
see more people posting about classics literature in the blogosphere.
Her goal was to, “unite those of us who like to blog about classic
literature, as well as to inspire people to make the classics an
integral part of life.” She thought about several ideas but finally
settled on inviting people to make out a list of (at least 50) classic
titles they intend to read and blog about within the next five years.
After a few months, the club grew, and it was decided to create a
separate site to house everything related to The Classics Club. And this
blog was born! – See more at:
http://thestorygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/p/the-classics-club.html#sthash.cSkXA9Yj.dpuf
The
Classics Club was started on March 7, 2012 by a blogger who wanted to
see more people posting about classics literature in the blogosphere.
Her goal was to, “unite those of us who like to blog about classic
literature, as well as to inspire people to make the classics an
integral part of life.” She thought about several ideas but finally
settled on inviting people to make out a list of (at least 50) classic
titles they intend to read and blog about within the next five years.
After a few months, the club grew, and it was decided to create a
separate site to house everything related to The Classics Club. And this
blog was born! – See more at:
http://thestorygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/p/the-classics-club.html#sthash.cSkXA9Yj.dpuf

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16 responses to “Classics Club

  1. I love your list! Such varied and interesting choices. My favourites from your list are Anna Karenina, Martin Chuzzlewit, and who wouldn't love Three Men in a Boat?! As far as Woolf goes, I enjoyed Mrs. Dalloway but I really loved To The Lighthouse. I especially like how you've included some children's books as well. Great list!

    • I've been intimidated by AK forever but there are so many people who love it that I'm determined to get to it sooner rather than later. I THINK I read To the Lighthouse in college…I should revisit it as well, since I'm very differently impressed by books now. Thanks for visiting!

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