Monday, 4 January 2021

The Classics Club!


Anyone who spends more than five minutes on this blog knows that I'm a romance and fantasy/urban fantasy reader more than anything else. Heck, even my fantasy/urban fantasy needs a good strong romance for me to get behind or I get grumpy, so let us keep it simple and say that I am a romance reader above and beyond anything and I don't often stray from that path... But that wasn't always the case. 

My reading used to be much more varied. 
I used to be more open to "risks". I'd pick up anything that sounded good to me, even if it wasn't in my typical wheelhouse and I'd read it. I've lost that somewhere along the way... And I want it back. 

Classic books are one area where I rarely dip my toes nowadays but last year (2020) I found myself listening to the audiobook's for Alice in Wonderland, Through The Looking Glass and Peter Pan, and while my reactions to them were mixed, I was super happy that I'd finally read them! 
I'd finally read these classic books and had an unpolluted (by pop-culture, re-imaginings, movies, tv etc) opinion of them! And there are so many others that I want to read! So many stories I'm familiar with because of their legacy or reputation but have never actually experienced from the source material.
So, I'm diving in! 

I'm joining the Classics Club and pledging to read/listen to 50 Classic books by December 31st 2023.

The club gives me up to 5 years to complete the list but I think 3 is more than doable without overwhelming me... I'd try to finish it sooner but some of these are chonky monsters so 2023 seems like the best bet. 

The beauty of this club is that it isn't prescriptive on what constitutes a classic and re-reads are also acceptable. The only re-reads I've included are books that I haven't read in over 10 years, and some of them not since school days, so it'll be interesting reading them as an adult.

My list of 50 books are as follows and I'll update it with hyperlinks as I read them and share my thoughts on each.
  1. I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith
  2. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  3. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  6. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  7. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 
  8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  9. Emma by Jane Austen
  10. Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen
  11. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  12. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  13. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  14. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  15. Vanity Fair by William Thackeray
  16. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  17. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  18. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  19. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  20. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  21. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  22. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  23. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  24. The Fellowship of The Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  25. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
  26. The Return of The King by J.R.R. Tolkien
  27. The Wind in The Willows by Kenneth Grahame 
  28. The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
  29. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  30. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood 
  31. A Study in Scarlett by Arthur Conan Doyle
  32. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
  33. The Hound of The Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  34. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  35. The Secret Garden by Louisa May Alcott
  36. The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
  37. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  38. The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
  39. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
  40. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
  41. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
  42. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
  43. The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  44. The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
  45. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
  46. Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice
  47. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
  48. The Queen of The Damned by Anne Rice
  49. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  50. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett 

8 comments:

  1. Good luck with this one. I burned out on classics in my youth, though The Color Purple is one I read by choice and it was phenomenal!

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  2. WOW. This is impressive; good luck!

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  3. good luck. I've only read 13 of those. Some of these are modern classics, by which I mean they were published after I was born.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

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  4. What a great way to challenge yourself and expand your reading. I'll be looking forward to reading your thoughts on these as you tackle them.

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  5. my reading used to be way more varied before blogging too. However, I cannot seem to stick with the classics. I've tried a few times but nope. I wonder if audio might be better for me?

    Good luck!

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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  6. Good luck! There are definitely some classics I'd like to try.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  7. 50 Classics? Wow, good luck with that challenge! Some of the Classics can be real hard going!

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