Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 Reading Challenges: The Classics Club

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I need to do this. I've bought so many classics over the years but I haven't decided to just sit and read them.

Click on the Classics Club to find out about all the rules and how to join up. Basically I pick at least 50 classics to read over 5 years. I'm picking my list based on what I already own and then I will go on from there. There are also re-reads on my list because it's time.

So in no particular order....

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I read this in junior high and I loved it. So it's definitely time for a re-read.

2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. This will also be a re-read. But I've never read the full unabridged version. I got the abridged version as a gift when I was in elementary school and enjoyed it but never got around to the full version.

3. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Russian classic and I've been told this is one of the best literary novels period.

4. The Odyssey by Homer. I've read parts in school but never the whole thing.

5. The Iliad by Homer.

6. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. The one full novel I have never been able to finish. But it's her most mature work and I need to get 'er done.

7. 1984 by George Orwell. I've been meaning to read it forever. Our culture entangles so much from this story. It's about time I get to it.

8. Animal Farm by George Orwell. It's short and pretty straight-forward so I shouldn't have any trouble....

9. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I also read this in high school. I didn't understand it and so I didn't like it. I've grown a lot since then and would love to reread it under a new light.

10. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.

11. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf.

12. Don Quixote of La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Spanish hasn't changed as much as English since Cervantes wrote this book. I know a little Spanish and if I'm up to it, I may try this one in Spanish....

13. Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. I've been wanting to read this since I saw the movie back in the day.

14. A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I feel like 1984 and this one go hand-in-hand.

15. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence.

16. Common Sense by Thomas Paine.

17. The Stranger by Albert Camus.

18. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.

19. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin. I bought an annotated version to help me out even!

20. The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois.

21. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas by Frederick Douglas.

22. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte.

23. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

24. A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstencraft.

25. The Awakening by Kate Chopin.

26. Journal of a Solitude by Mary Sarton.

27. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvior.

28. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

29. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

30. The Epic of Gilgamesh.

31. Middlemarch by George Eliot.

32. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

33. Walden by Henry David Thoreau.

34. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer.

35. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

36. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

37. Ulysses by James Joyce.

38. Sophie's Choice by William Styron

39. Richard III by William Shakespeare.

40. Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

41. The Histories by Herodotus.

42. The Peloponnesian War by Thucydides.

43. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

44. Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino

45. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

46. The Trial by Franz Kafka.

47. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

48. Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin.

49. If On a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino.

50. Moby Dick by Herman Melville.

51. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

52. I know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

53. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

54. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathon Swift

55. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

56. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

My goal is to finish this list by January of 2022...whoa...that seems so faraway!

1 comment:

  1. What a great classics list! If you liked the movie Age of Innocence, you will like the book as well. I thought the adaptation was well done and true to the book. After you read Mrs. Dalloway, you'll want to treat yourself to The Hours by Michael Cunningham. (I can tell you read a lot!)

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