As someone who considers herself an avid reader, I readily admit that my familiarity with classic literature is lacking. It just is. There are classic novels that I feel I really should have read by now and authors who I haven’t read at all.
Mind you, I am firmly in the camp that life is too short and that reading should be enjoyable. If it feels like a chore or homework, I’m not about to waste my valuable reading time.
Still, the classics beckon.
Slightly over a year ago, I decided to jump into a popular online reading challenge called The Classics Club, created in March 2012 to “unite those of us who like to blog about classic literature, as well as to inspire people to make the classics an integral part of life.” The idea is to make a list of at least 50 classics you’d like to read and — within five years — read and blog about them. My complete list can be found here.
Every so often, the organizers do a “spin” where you list on your blog 20 classics from your list that are still unread. The organizers select a random number; whatever book corresponds to that number is the book you need to read by a certain date.
I’ve participated in two previous spins (#9 and #11), but without much success. (Actually, I haven’t had much success in the past year with this project; I’ve abandoned two classics and finished one.)
For Spin #13, I decided to choose books from my list that I actually own because the selection would also count for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks:
- Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi: Half of a Yellow Sun
- Atwood, Margaret: The Blind Assassin
- Dickens, Charles: Tale of Two Cities
- Gilman, Charlotte Perkins: Herland
- Ibsen, Henrik: A Doll’s House
- Irving, Washington: The Complete Tales
- Jackson, Shirley: Just An Ordinary Day: The Uncollected Stories
- Kingsolver, Barbara: The Poisonwood Bible
- McCarthy, Cormac: The Road
- McCarthy, Mary: The Group
- McCullers, Carson: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
- Morrison, Toni: Paradise
- Henry, O. : Collected Stories
- O’Connor, Flannery: Wise Blood
- Plath, Sylvia: Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams: Short Stories, Prose and Diary Excerpts
- Robinson, Marilynne: Housekeeping
- Salinger, J.D.: Nine Stories
- Wharton, Edith: Summer
- Woolf, Virginia: Orlando
- Woolf, Virginia: Three Guineas
And the lucky number is … 15!
Of Sylvia Plath’s work, I’ve only read The Bell Jar. I’m intrigued with this collection of 13 short stories, essays, prose and excerpts of journal entries.
This is Post #8 of 99 in my 99 Days of Summer Blogging Project.