Classics Club

24/1/2014

When I was writing up my bookish goals for 2014, one of them was to read at least one classic that I'd never read before. Shortly after writing that list of goals, I stumbled across The Classics Club. When it comes to classics, I have a tendency to stick to my safety zone and reread the same things over and over again - PersuasionJane Eyre, pretty much anything Dickensian. In short, nineteenth century English stuff, because the Victorian era is my jam. This, I have decided, is an excellent opportunity to branch out, and also to revisit some classics that I had to read in high school or university but which I haven't revisited since.

The goal of The Classics Club is to read at least 50 classic books within a five year period and review them all. I'm planning to read 60 in just under five years, so by 1 January 2019. I've tried to include a good mix of stuff, though I couldn't entirely force myself away from my beloved nineteenth century English literature. Still, I've included some stereotypical American high school reading, some things I was forced to read in high school, a decent dose of Australian classics, some "true" classics (in the Greek and Roman sense), and a little smattering of some of my favourites that I haven't re-read in years (and therefore haven't reviewed before).

Without further ado, here's my list (alphabetically by author's surname, of course):

  1. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
  2. Lysistrata - Aristophanes
  3. Emma - Jane Austen
  4. Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
  5. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
  6. Lady Audley's Secret - Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  7. Agnes Grey - Anne Bronte
  8. Shirley - Charlotte Bronte
  9. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
  10. The Seagull - Anton Chekov
  11. For the Term of His Natural Life - Marcus Clarke
  12. No Name - Wilkie Collins
  13. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
  14. Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
  15. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
  16. Our Mutual Friend - Charles Dickens
  17. The Pickwick Papers - Charles Dickens
  18. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
  19. The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  20. Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
  21. Middlemarch - George Eliot
  22. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
  23. Passage to India - E.M. Forster
  24. The Diary of Anne Frank - Anne Frank
  25. My Brilliant Career - Miles Franklin
  26. North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
  27. She - H. Rider Haggard
  28. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
  29. The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
  30. The Odyssey - Homer
  31. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
  32. The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James
  33. Lady Chatterley's Lover - D.H. Lawrence
  34. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold - John le Carre
  35. Picnic at Hanging Rock - Joan Lindsay
  36. The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli
  37. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  38. Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
  39. 1984 - George Orwell
  40. Cry, the Beloved Country - Alan Paton
  41. The Mysteries of Udolpho - Ann Radcliffe
  42. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
  43. Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  44. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
  45. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
  46. Dracula - Bram Stoker
  47. Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe
  48. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
  49. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
  50. The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. Tolkien
  51. The Two Towers - J.R.R. Tolkien
  52. The Return of the King - J.R.R. Tolkien
  53. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
  54. The Way We Live Now - Anthony Trollope
  55. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
  56. The Aeneid - Virgil
  57. The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
  58. The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
  59. A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf
  60. The Chrysalids - John Wyndham
Have you read any of these? What should I start with??

K xx

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