Sunday, 27 May 2012

HELLO The Classics Club


I've spotted another challenge on Katherine's blog -  November's Autumn, where I'm currently doing A Classics Challenge. This one - The Classics Club - is hosted by Jillian at A Room of One's Own. What you need to do is read a minimum of 50 classic books in 5 years. Additionally, you need to: read and write about the books on your blog (as little or as much as you want); include a completion date; list a prize you might want to award yourself at certain milestones -  if you want to.




Here's my list of 50 classics that include: 49 novels and 1 diary; 28 authors from 1300's (Divine Comedy) to 1961 (Catch-22).

  1* Louisa May Alcott                       Little Women (1868/9)
  2* Jane Austen                               Sense and Sensibility (1811)  
  3* Jane Austen                               Pride and Prejudice (1813)
  4* Jane Austen                               Mansfield Park (1814)
  5* Jane Austen                               Emma (1816)
  6* Jane Austen                               Northanger Abbey (1818)
  7* Jane Austen                               Persuasion (1818)
  8* Anne Bronte                              Agnes Grey (1847)
  9* Anne Bronte                              The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848)
10* Charlotte Bronte                        Villette (1853)
11* Charlotte Bronte                        Shirley (1849)
12* Emily Bronte                             Wuthering Heights (1847)
13* John Bunyan                              Pilgrim's Progress (1675)
14* Wilkie Collins                            Moonstone (1868)
15* Dante                                        The Divine Comedy (1308-1321) read - 2013
16* Charles Dickens                        Great Expectations (1861)
17* George Eliot                              The Mill on the Floss (1860)
18* E.M.Forster                              A Room with a View (1908)
19* Elizabeth Gaskell                       Cranford (1851-1853)
20* William Golding                         Lord of the Flies (1954) read - 2013
21* Thomas Hardy                          Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891)
22* Joseph Heller                            Catch-22 (1961)
23* Aldous Huxley                           Brave New World (1932)
24* D.H.Lawrence                           Sons and Lovers (1913)
25* Harper Lee                                To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)
26* C.S.Lewis                                 The Magician's Nephew (1955)
27* C.S.Lewis                                 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)
28* C.S.Lewis                                 The Horse and the Boy (1954)
29* C.S.Lewis                                 Prince Caspian (1951)
30* C.S.Lewis                                 The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)
31* C.S.Lewis                                 The Silver Chair (1953)
32* C.S.Lewis                                 The Last Battle (1956)
33* Gustav Meyrink                         The Golem (1914) read - 2013
34* Gustav Meyrink                         The Green Face (1916)
35* Gustav Meyrink                         The Angel of the West Window (1927)
36* George Orwell                           Animal Farm (1945) read - 2013
37* George Orwell                           Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)
38* Samuel Pepys                           The Diary of Samuel Pepys (1660-1670)
39* J.D.Salinger                               The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
40* Mary Shelley                             Frankenstein (or The Modern Prometheus) (1818) read - 2013
41* Robert Louis Stevenson             Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) read - 2013
42* J.R.R.Tolkien                             The Hobbit (1937) read -2012
43* H.G.Wells                                 The Time Machine (1895) read - 2012
44* H.G.Wells                                 The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896)
45* H.G.Wells                                 The Invisible Man (1897)
46* H.G.Wells                                 The War of the Worlds (1898)
47* H.G.Wells                                 The First Men in the Moon (1901)
48* H.G.Wells                                 When the Sleeper Wakes (1910)
49* H.G.Wells                                 The Shape of Things to Come (1933)
50* Oscar Wilde                              The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) read- 2013

I should average ten classics a year (more or less).

DO I BUY A COLLECTION LIKE THIS?

Some of these books are rereads whilst others are ones I've always wanted to read, but never got round to. One of these is The Diary of Samuel Pepys. I love history and I'm hoping this will be extremely insightful.

OR THESE FABULOUS CLOTH COVERS?

I'm not sure how I'll be reading these books. Do I read in chronological order? Do I read the full set by the same author? Or just pick at random?

OR ONES WITH WONDERFUL ARTWORK?

Before I forget. I plan to complete all this by 27th May 2017, on my 45th birthday! I'll have to treat myself to another bookcase.

OR JUST GO FOR PLAIN (BUT BEAUTIFUL) JANE?

CURRENTLY READING: THE DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS 
                                        TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES

10 comments:

  1. Blimey!!! 2017?!?! That's like - well YEARS!! - away! LOL!!! Yay for you!!

    Love love love your list! I hope you just dip and let fate decide what book to read!! yay!! Take care
    x

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    1. Yeah, I probably shouldn't think too much about the order. Maybe I'll stick a pin in it.

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  2. Great list! I have several of the same titles on my own and look forward to "meeting" them. :-)

    Cheers and welcome to the club!

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    1. Another great club. Why did I leave it so long to read the classics? This is the best way to go about it.

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  3. I like your list. Tolkien, Lewis, and Jane Austen are all favorites of mine, and I really liked Mrs. Gaskell's Cranford, too. Happy reading to you!

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    1. Thanks Sherry. I'm certainly looking forward to reading Austen and Gaskell, having only experienced their works in tv dramas.

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  4. Oh, love that you're reading Pepys' diary! Also, all that Austen prettiness almost broke my brain. It's now stuck on "WANT!WANT!WANT!"

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    1. There are too many pretty covers out there, and not enough shelves to put them on.

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  5. Oh I love this idea, I think I'll do it too! My list would be very similar to yours, I love the books you've listed :) And your blog is great, I'm going to follow!

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    1. Hi Orla,

      I've just popped by your blog and I think this sort of challenge would fulfil one of your goals to read more. Give it a go.

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