Classics Club

The Classics Club is a group of bloggers getting together to read, and write, about the classics (defined broadly). The baselines goal is to read at least 50 classics in 5 years.

I joined the group in June 2014, with a rather large list (84 books!) However, come June of 2019 (my Goal Date) I had not read very many of these. Here are the ones I had read:

  1. A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett (Completed April 25, 2015)
  2. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett (Completed August 1, 2014)
  3. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway (Completed May 11, 2015)
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (Completed September 23, 2014)
  5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum
  6. The World According to Garp – John Irving (Completed September 30, 2014)
  7. Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery (Completed July 15, 2014)

So, now, it is time for a new goal, and a new list! I’m going to start with my old list, but pare it down even more… hopefully to a reasonable level.

My list!

The Re-reads.

Books I read some time long ago (with a few exceptions, over a decade ago) and have wanted to revisit.

  1. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  2. Little Woman – Louisa May Alcott
  3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  4. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  5. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  6. Les Miserable – Victor Hugo
  7. The Phantom of the Opera – Gaston Lerouch
  8. Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
  9. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World – Haruki Murakami
  10. The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Orczy
  11. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  12. Charlotte Temple – Susanna Rowson
  13. Ceremony – Leslie Marmon Silko
  14. The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton

The First-Arounds

Books I’ve been meaning to read (sometimes for a very long time) and now will make myself get around to.  Some of these I’ve found myself surprised I haven’t read… yet.

  1. Watership Down – Richard Adams
  2. Little Men – Louisa May Alcott
  3. Jo’s Boys – Louisa May Alcott
  4. A Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  5. The Making of a Marchioness – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  6. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  7. O Pioneers! – Willa Cather
  8. Don Quixotie – Miguel de Cervantes
  9. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  10. The Three Musketeers – Alexander Dumas
  11. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexander Dumas
  12. The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  13. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
  14. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
  15. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Washington Irving
  16. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
  17. Le Morte d’Arthur – Sir Thomas Malory
  18. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  19. Tar Baby – Toni Morrison
  20. The Enchanted Castle – E. Nesbit
  21. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood – Howard Pyle
  22. Cyrano de Bergerac – Edmond Rostand
  23. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  24. The Lady of the Lake – Sir Walter Scott
  25. Heidi – Johanna Spyri
  26. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
  27. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
  28. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkein
  29. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – Mark Twain
  30. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
  31. The Once and Future King – T.H. White
  32. A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf
  33. A Thousand and One Nights – Anonymous
  34. I Am A Cat, by Natsume Soseki

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