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The Classics Club

My first true love of reading has always been classics.  I’m sure this has something do with my love of history. I’ve just discovered a fun blog, The Classics Club Blog devoted to encouraging all of us to read more classics by creating a five year challenge.  Yes, you read correctly…five years!  The goal is to read at least fifty (or more) classics books within the next five years.  The book selection can consist of modern classics as well as “old” classics.  It also includes books of poetry, plays, and classic children’s literature.

I’ve decided to set my goal as a simple fifty classics.  This should tie in nicely with a couple of my other challenges.  Since I am starting a little late (the group actually started a year ago), my end date will be March 2018.  Wow, that seems weird to be talking about something that far off…

My Goal:  50 Classics
Books Read:  7/50

The Book List
currently in no particular order

  1.  A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George RR Martin 3/4/2013
  2. A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2)  by George RR Martin 3/28/2013
  3. A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3)  by George RR Martin 5/6/2013
  4. A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4) by George RR Martin
  5. The Count of Monte Cristo  by Alexander Dumas 1844  7/13/2013
  6. Candid by Voltaire  1759  1/6/2014
  7. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1901   1/31/2014
  8. A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) by George RR Martin
  9. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell  1855
  10. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
  11. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens 1854
  12. Dubliners by James Joyce
  13.  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  14.  Beloved by Toni Morrison
  15.  The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein 1937
  16.   Fellowship of the Ring
  17.  The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
  18.   Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (rr) 1932
  19.  Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (rr)
  20.   Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  21.   A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  22.   The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  23.   The Time Machine by HG Wells  1894
  24.  Tess of the D’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy 1891
  25.  The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 1890
  26.   Hunger by Knut Hamsun
  27.   The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
  28.   Middlemarch b y George Eliot
  29.   The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins 1868
  30.   The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (rr)
  31.   Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (rr) 1862
  32.  The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo 1831
  33.  Villette by Charlotte Bronte
  34.  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
  35.   The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas  1844
  36.   Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
  37.   The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  38.   Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  39.   The Odyssey by Homer
  40.  The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer  1372
  41.   The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy 1905
  42.   Les Liaisons Dengereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
  43.   Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  44.   Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  45.   Dracula by Bram Stoker 1897
  46.   The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger 1951
  47.   Franny & Zooey by JD Salinger (rr)
  48.   Lord of the Flies by William Golding 1954
  49.   Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  50.   Don Quixote by Cervantes 1605
  51.   One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  52.   The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  53.   Coriolanus by William Shakespeare

I’ve selected a few more than fifty so that I have some wiggle room when selecting what I will read next…I like to leave my options open.

February 20, 2013 - 8:45 am

Arie Stotle - Welcome to the club! I just read The Master and Margarita and it was one crazy ride.

April 6, 2013 - 9:34 pm
October 1, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Shah Wharton - I love this idea. I’m up for this.

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