dustin’ off that english degree, joining the classics club

The Classics Club

While catching up on blog reading today, I noticed several posts where people mentioned joining The Classics Club and referencing The Classics Club Spin #9 as being a good time to join the aforementioned club.

So of course I had to check out what this was all about.

I’ve known about The Classics Club since it started in March 2012 (how can that be three years ago already?) and truth be told, I’ve often wished I’d joined back when it was initiated and several times since. So, why not now?

Yes. Why not now?

Well, since this sort of thing constitutes my idea of fun, consider me in.

To participate, all one needs to do is post a list of at least 50 classics that you plan to read within the next five years, which I’ve done below. What I love about The Classics Club is that short stories, novellas, and poetry can be included – and re-reads are allowed, too. And it is somewhat flexible. I don’t do well with challenges or reading games where one needs to adhere to a list that’s set in stone until the end of time since preferences change and have no qualms about declaring a book DNF.

I’m trying very hard to make a dent in the books I have on my shelves and on my Kindle, so as with many of the challenges I join, those will be considered “priority reads.”

So. Without further ado, here’s my list of books for The Classics Club that I plan to read by April 6, 2020. At its current total of 111 books, this averages out to 22 books per year if I did all of these, which would be nearly half of all my annual reading. I’m under no delusions that this is going to happen. Consider this a work in progress of sorts, my Classics Club Master List as compiled from The Big Book List on The Classic Club blogvarious Goodreads lists, and a perusal of my own shelves (real and virtual). The classics I most want to read and hope to sooner rather than later.

Note: Those listed in bold are my 20 selections for The Classics Club Spin #9, all books currently sitting on my shelves waiting to be read.

  1. Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi: Half of a Yellow Sun
  2. Alcott, Louisa May: Little Men (Kindle)
  3. Allende, Isabel: The House of the Spirits
  4. Allison, Dorothy: Bastard Out of Carolina
  5. Anderson, Sherwood: Winesburg, Ohio
  6. Angelou, Maya: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  7. Atwood, Margaret: The Blind Assassin 
  8. Austen, Jane: Pride and Prejudice (Kindle)
  9. Austen, Jane: Sense and Sensibility
  10. Baldwin, James: Giovanni’s Room
  11. Baldwin, James: Go Tell it on the Mountain
  12. Bronte, Charlotte: Villette
  13. Bronte, Emily: Wuthering Heights
  14. Calvino, Italo: If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler
  15. Cather, Willa: My Antonia
  16. Chopin, Kate: The Awakening
  17. Collins, Wilkie: The Woman in White (Kindle)
  18. Dickens, Charles: Bleak House (Kindle)
  19. Dickens, Charles: Great Expectations 
  20. Dickens, Charles: Tale of Two Cities 
  21. Dickens, Charles: The Cricket on the Hearth (DNF)
  22. Dickens, Charles: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  23. Dickens, Charles: The Pickwick Papers (Kindle)
  24. Eliot, George: Adam Bede (Kindle)
  25. Eliot, George: Middlemarch
  26. Eliot, T.S.: The Complete Poems
  27. Emerson, Ralph Waldo: Self-Reliance and Other Essays
  28. Fitzgerald, F. Scott: Flappers and Philosophers
  29. Fitzgerald, F. Scott: Tales of the Jazz Age
  30. Fitzgerald, F. Scott: Tender is the Night
  31. Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Beautiful and Damned
  32. Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Great Gatsby
  33. Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Love of the Last Tycoon
  34. Fitzgerald, Zelda: Save Me the Waltz
  35. Flaubert, Gustav: Madame Bovary
  36. Foer, Jonathan Safran: Everything is Illuminated
  37. Foer, Jonathan Safran: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Kindle)
  38. Forster, E.M. Howard’s End (Kindle)
  39. Gilman, Charlotte Perkins: Herland
  40. Giovanni, Nikki: The Selected Poems 1968-1995
  41. Hawthorne, Nathaniel: Selected Stories
  42. Hemingway, Ernest: The Complete Short Stories (added 12/2015)
  43. Ibsen, Henrik: A Doll’s House
  44. Irving, John: A Prayer for Owen Meany (Kindle)
  45. Irving, Washington: The Complete Tales
  46. Jackson, Shirley: Just An Ordinary Day: The Uncollected Stories
  47. Keats, John: Poems
  48. Keller, Helen: The Story of My Life
  49. Keyes, Daniel: Flowers for Algernon
  50. Kingsolver, Barbara: The Poisonwood Bible
  51. Kundera, Milan: The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  52. Lawrence, D.H.: Collected Short Stories
  53. Lawrence, D.H.: Lady Chatterley’s Lover
  54. Lawrence, D.H.: Sons and Lovers
  55. Lawrence, D.H.: Women in Love
  56. Mansfield, Katherine: The Garden Party & Other Stories
  57. Mansfield, Katherine: Selected Stories
  58. McCarthy, Cormac: The Road
  59. McCarthy, Mary: The Group
  60. McCullers, Carson: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
  61. Millay, Edna St. Vincent: Collected Poems
  62. Miller, Arthur: Death of a Salesman
  63. Mitchell, David: Cloud Atlas
  64. Morrison, Toni: A Mercy
  65. Morrison, Toni: Home
  66. Morrison, Toni: Jazz
  67. Morrison, Toni: Love
  68. Morrison, Toni: Paradise
  69. Morrison, Toni: Song of Solomon
  70. Nabokov, Vladimir: Lolita
  71. Henry, O. : Collected Stories (substituted with The Very Best of O.Henry / DNF)
  72. O’Connor, Flannery: A Good Man is Hard to Find
  73. O’Connor, Flannery: Everything that Rises must Converge
  74. O’Connor, Flannery: Wise Blood
  75. Plath, Sylvia: Ariel
  76. Plath, Sylvia: The Colossus and Other Poems
  77. Plath, Sylvia: Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams: Short Stories, Prose and Diary Excerpts
  78. Plath, Sylvia: The Journals of Sylvia Plath
  79. Poe, Edgar Allan: Collected Stories and Poems
  80. Poe, Edgar, Allan: The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (DNF)
  81. Poe, Edgar Allan: The Raven and Other Writings
  82. Pound, Ezra: Personae: The Shorter Poems
  83. Proulx, Annie: The Shipping News
  84. Rhys, Jean: Wide Sargasso Sea
  85. Robinson, Marilynne: Housekeeping
  86. Salinger, J.D.: Nine Stories (TBR)
  87. Salinger, J.D: Franny and Zooey
  88. Shakespeare, William: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  89. Shakespeare, William: Much Ado About Nothing
  90. Shakespeare, William: The Taming of the Shrew
  91. Shakespeare, William: The Tempest
  92. Silko, Leslie Marmon: Ceremony
  93. Smith, Betty: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  94. Wharton, Edith: Summer
  95. Wharton, Edith: The Age of Innocence
  96. Wilde, Oscar: The Importance of Being Earnest
  97. Wilde, Oscar: The Picture of Dorian Gray (Kindle)  (Completed 8/27/2015) 
  98. Wollstonecraft, Mary: A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  99. Woolf, Virginia: A Haunted House: The Complete Shorter Fiction
  100. Woolf, Virginia: A Room of One’s Own
  101. Woolf, Virginia: Between the Acts
  102. Woolf, Virginia: Flush
  103. Woolf, Virginia: Jacob’s Room (Kindle)
  104. Woolf, Virginia: Melymbrosia
  105. Woolf, Virginia: Night and Day
  106. Woolf, Virginia: Orlando
  107. Woolf, Virginia: The Common Reader 1st Series
  108. Woolf, Virginia: The Common Reader 2nd Series
  109. Woolf, Virginia: The Voyage Out
  110. Woolf, Virginia: The Waves
  111. Woolf, Virginia: Three Guineas
  112. Yeats, William Butler: Collected Poems


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