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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Classics Club

Now this is a challenge that spoke to me!  I have found myself caught up in the contemporary books of our day and I want to be sure that I don't forget to envelope a full range of culture that classic literature stimulates.  So thank you Jillian @A Room of One's Own for setting this up.

Okay, now how does this work?  Well, basically each participant is asked to make a list of 50, 100, or 200+ (or anything in between) classic books that you want to read within 5 years (set a specific goal) and start reading!  Of course track your progress through your blog (review books if you so desire) and you're welcome to link up your list at Jillian's blog and/or join The Classics Club in Goodreads that Jillian has set up.  Your reward is the experience of the project but Jillian welcomed each member to think of a personal prize for accomplishing your goal.  Overall, the idea is to have a network to encourage each other and in general inspire people to make classics an integral part of our lives.  Sounds awesome to me so I'm in!

My time line is 3/21/12 - 3/21/17. I'll be tracking my progress on my The Classics Club page.    Oh, and the prize I will give myself at the end of this journey is the absolute joy and thrill of having had my horizon immensely broaden!!

Goodness, I didn't know where to start so I enlisted help from friends for suggestions.  The following is the result.  Thanks everyone!!

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. A Farewell to arms by Ernest Hemingway
  3. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  4. All Quite on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  5. Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
  6. Around the World in 80 days by Jules Verne
  7. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  8. The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  9. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  10. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  11. Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
  12. Candide by Voltaire
  13. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  14. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  15. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  16. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  17. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  18. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  19. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  20. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  21. Inferno by Dante Alighieri
  22. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  23. Lend Me Your Ears by Shakespeare
  24. Les Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  25. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  26. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  27. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  28. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
  29. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  30. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  31. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  32. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  33. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  34. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  35. One Hundred and One by Rabindranath Tagore
  36. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  37. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  38. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  39. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte
  40. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  41. Spring Snow by Yukio Mishima
  42. The Secret Garden by Frances H. Burnett
  43. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  44. Tess of the D'Uurbevilles by Tomas Hardy
  45. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
  46. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  47. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  48. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  49. The Woman in White by Wilke Collins
  50. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I like the flexibility of this challenge.  This list is not set in stone.  I can make changes as I see fit.  :)


  1. What an incredible list! I'm excited by all of your choices and wish you the very best in this journey! 3, 17, 26 & 38 are SO VERY GOOD. I'll be following. :)

    Cheers, and thanks for joining!

    - jill

  2. That is a great book challenge. I think I have only read about half of that list. I am committed to several challenges now, but I think this is something I would like to do in the near future.

  3. Welcome to the club, Jinky :) Awesome list! I hope Huck Finn, Jane Eyre, Pride & Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird, Dorian Gray, and Rebecca are as enjoyable for you as they were for me. Good luck!

  4. --Thank you Jillian excited about this journey! Thanks for the encouragement.

    --Hi Sophia, coming up with the list was harder than I thought.. my friends saved me! btw, do you have a blog ..sure would like to follow you. :)

    --Thank you T/L! Glad to hear I'm got a great list. Thanks for the encouragement as well.


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