August 12, 2014

Joining The Classics Club: Because I Thrive on Goal-Setting. Hmm...also Chaos.



So I have known about The Classics Club since its inception yet I have never committed to joining until now.  Why now?  
*shrug* All I can say is it finally feels like the right time to do it.
I enjoy reading classics, as they are classics for a reason. They are timeless and often universal in themes/subjects.  This year I began writing for the Project Gutenberg Project blog and I have had fun with the two reviews I have done so far.  I want to pump up the number of classics I read and this and PGP are the way to do it.  

So for The Classics Club you need to set a goal within a 5-year time frame and read 50 classics during that time.  They can be novels, short stories, novellas, poetry, anthologies, nonfiction, essays, children's books, modern classics, the whole kitchen sink of classic books.  You can even re-read a book if you haven't written up a review about it already.  Then you read them and blog about them.  Sounds doable.

I was thinking about re-reads.  I've recently re-read The Great Gatsby, The Count of Monte Cristo, Pride & Prejudice, A Christmas Carol, The Fall of the House of Usher, and I have recently read for the first time Candide, The Prince, Tales of the Jazz Age, Leaves of Grass, Indian Fairy Tales, Egyptian Ideas of the Future Life, and Hans Christian Andersen.  So I am not including any of those in this challenge.

MY GOAL:
Read 50 classic books by August 12, 2019.

MY LIST:

Re-Reads:
1. Poems by Maya Angelou - Read April/May 2016
2. The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss
3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
4. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
5. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

New-to-Me Classic Novels

6. Hamlet by William Shakespeare  - Read May 2016
7. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
8. Burmese Days by George Orwell
9. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
10. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
11. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway - Read June 2015
12. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemigway
13. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
14. Emma by Jane Austen
15. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
16. Native Son by Richard Wright
17. The Pearl by John Steinbeck - Read January 2015
18. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
19. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
20. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
21. Inferno by Dante Alighieri
22. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

New-to-Me Classic Short Stories and Poetry Collections

23. The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams
24. The Poetry of Pablo Neruda
25. Three Sherlock Holmes Short Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, from The Complete Sherlock Holmes Anthology (I just cannot promise to read ALL the stories, you know?)

New-to-Me Classic Nonfiction

26. Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche - Read Sept. 2014
27. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
28. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx (I've read whole sections of this, but I've never read it in its entirety) 
29. Utopia by Thomas More
30. The Analects by Confucius 
31. The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
32. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

Classic Children's Books

33. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
34. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
35. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
36. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book #6) by J.K. Rowling
37. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows (Book #7) by J.K. Rowling
38. By the Shores of Silver Lake (Little House #5) by Laura Ingalls Wilder
39. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume 
40. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Modern Classics

41. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
42. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
43. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines
44. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
45. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
46. March by Geraldine Brooks
47. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
48. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
49. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - Read February/March 2015
50. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston


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