Sunday, January 12, 2014

Reading the Classics (perpetual challenge)

Information on joining this perpetual challenge can be found here

The Classics Club is a club created to inspire people to read and blog about classic books. There’s no time limit to join and you’re most welcome, as long as you’re willing to sign up to read and write on your blog about 50+ classic books in at most five years. The perk is that, not only will you have read 50+ incredible (or at the very least thought-provoking) works in five years, you’ll get to do it along with all of these people. 

I am also using this perpetual challenge as a prompt to work on the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list.  I have to have something to help me stay on track!  I will start by listing 60 books, but will add to it as I go along and pass that 60 mark. This list has a 5 year end date, so January 12, 2019 is the goal.

My List: 
** indicates books I own

1.   Achebe, Chinua: Things Fall Apart**
2.  Allende, Isabel: The House of the Spirits
3.  Angelou, Maya: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
4.  Atwood, Margaret: A Handmaid’s Tale**
5.  Austen, Jane: Emma**
6.  Baldwin, James: Giovanni’s Room**
7.  Braddon, Mary Elizabeth: Lady Audley’s Secret**
8.  Bronte, Charlotte: Villette**
9.  Bronte, Emily: Wuthering Heights**
10.  Bulgakov, Mikhail: The Master and Margarita**
11.  Burns, Olive: Cold Sassy Tree
12.  Collins, Wilkie: The Moonstone
13.  Collins, Wilkie: The Woman in White**
14.  Conrad, Joseph: Heart of Darkness
15.  Dante: The Divine Comedy**
16.  Dickens, Charles: Bleak House**
17.  Dickens, Charles: Nicholas Nickleby**
18.  Dickens, Charles: The Mystery of Edwin Drood**
19.  Dostoevesky, Fyodor: The Brothers Karamazov**
20.  Dostoevsky, Fyodor: Crime and Punishment**
21.  Du Maurier, Daphne: Rebecca
22.  Eco, Umberto: The Name of the Rose**
23.  Eliot, George: Middlemarch**
24.  Eliot, George: Silas Marner**
25.  Faulkner, William: As I Lay Dying**
26.  Faulkner, William: The Sound and the Fury**
27  Fitzgerald, F. Scott: This Side of Paradise**
28.  Foer, Jonathan Safran: Exteremely Loud and Incredibly Close
29.  Forster, E.M.: Howard’s End**
30.  Forster, E.M.: Passage to India**
31.  Fowles, John: The French Lieutenant’s Woman**
32.  Hemingway, Ernest: A Farewell to Arms**
33.  Hemingway, Ernest: The Sun Also Rises
34.  Hurston, Zora Neale: Their Eyes Were Watching God**
35.  Ishiguro, Kazuo: Remains of the Day
36.  James, Henry: What Maisie Knew**
37.  Kipling, Rudyard: Kim**
38.  Knowles, John: A Separate Peace**
39.  Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: One Hundred Years of Solitude**
40.  Maugham, W. Somerset: Of Human Bondage**
41.  Milton, John: Paradise Lost**
42.  Mitchell, David: Cloud Atlas
43.  Morrison, Toni: Beloved**
44.  O, Brien: Tim: The Things They Carried**
45.  Pasternak, Boris: Doctor Zhivago**
46.  Proust, Marcel: Swann’s Way**
47.  Salinger, J.D.: The Catcher in the Rye
48.  Seton, Anya: Katherine
49.  Smith, Betty: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn**
50.  Steinbeck, John: East of Eden**
51.  Steinbeck, John: The Grapes of Wrath**
52.  Thackeray, William Makepeace: Vanity Fair**
53.  Tolstoy, Leo: War and Peace**
54.  Trollope, Anthony: Barchester Towers**
55.  Voltaire: Candide**
56.  Vonnegut, Kurt: Slaughterhouse Five**
57.  Wharton, Edith: Ethan Frome
58.  Wharton, Edith: The House of Mirth**
59.  Woolf, Virginia: Jacob’s Room**
60.  Wright, Richard: Native Son**


Christine said...

A fellow clubber! Wilkie Collins, Edith Wharton, and Isabel Allende are 3 authors definitely on my "short-list." I joined last year, but haven't made much of a dent, so I'm really looking forward to reading more from my list this year. 2013 ended up being too crazy for me to read many classics!

A Journey in Reading said...

Hi! I am hoping that this challenge will help me push through the 1001 books. I own several of them already.... maybe I need to crossover to some other challenges too!