Classic Club

Starting when I started this bog (2014), I have been taking part in the Classic Club reading challenge with the aim of reading more classics, which I love but always end up not picking up in favour of something newer. The idea is you choose 50 classics you want to read and commit to reading them within a set period of time – no more than five years. Here are the 50 books I plan on reading by 7th August, 2019 (I went for the longest time frame because I always find classics take longer to read than I ever think they will) – links are to reviews of books I’ve read:

Update: As of April, 2016 I have read 8 books which is awful, shocking and disappointing.  This year, I’ve made a conscious effort to read more and have gotten through three in four months though so I am hoping to be back on track.  Favourite so far? Probably The Moonstone.  One I could have done without? The Thirty-Nine Steps.

1. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton READ

2. The Secret History – Donna Tartt

3. 1984 – George Orwell

4. Under Milk Wood – Dylan Thomas READ

5. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

6. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

7. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

8. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

9. The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien

10. On the Road – Jack Kerouac

11. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Path

12. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote

13. East of Eden – John Steinbeck

14. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway

15. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank

16. The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan

17. The Satanic Verses – Salmon Rushdie

18. Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett

19. Sons and Lovers – D H Lawrence

20. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

21. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

22. War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells

23. A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Wolf READ

24. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

25. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brone

26. Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare

27. The 39 Steps – John Buchan  READ

28. Bleak House – Charles Dickens

29. The Return of the Native – Thomas Hardy

30. Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel

31. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley  READ

32. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

33. Carrie – Stephen King READ

34. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

35. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – John le Carre

36. The Golden Notebook – Dorothy Lessing

37. Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey

38. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandlor

39. The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins READ

40. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene

41. Middlemarch – George Elliot READ

42. White Teeth – Zadie Smith

43. Beloved – Toni Morrison

44. Lacuna – Barbara Kingslover

45. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

46. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith

47. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

48. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides

49. Possession – A S Byatt

50. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne

And that’s it. It seems like a lot now I’ve written it down but five years means it’s definitely doable, even the ones I’m not looking forward to (I have never made it through Dickens yet). Wish me luck!

Emma

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9 thoughts on “Classic Club

  1. I’m reading Classics too! But only well spaced out between my other reads. Good luck with your challenge. You’ve some great ones on your list. I love Little Women, The Secret Garden, Wuthering Heights and The Diary of a Young Girl. Oh and The Secret History, that’s so good!

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  2. This is such a great list! If you want to get back into loving classics (I’m referring to your note at the top of this page), may I recommend 11, 13, 15, 20, 24, 32 and 34? Especially 24 and 34. 24 is WAY better than Wuthering Heights. ❤

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