So, Jillian over at A Room of One’s Own officially founded The Classics Club, and it’s safe to say the club has gone viral. Bloggers from all over the world have joined, and The Classics Club has kind of, you know, taken over Goodreads. (I’m not exaggerating, I swear.)
Basically, here are the rules:
- You must have a blog.
- You must post a list of classics that you intend to read. The list can be composed of 50, 200, or 1057465465 books. It’s your choice.
- You must set a deadline for yourself to complete all the books in your list.
- You must choose a prize to reward yourself with once you actually read everything.
I think The Classics Club is going to bring a sense of focus to my reading. I have a very short attention span, and get distracted by new (to me, at least) books easily. For example, I’d already laid out a plan to read all the books in my TBR pile, but I kept on discovering awesome classics on Project Gutenberg. It’s a vicious cycle, I know.
Anywho, here’s my list (in no particular order):
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
- The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
- The Man in the Iron Maske by Alexandre Dumas
- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville
- The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
- Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
- The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
- Sula by Toni Morrison
- Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck
- Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- One Day in the Life of Ivan Desinovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
- Cyrando de Bergerac by Rostand
- Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
- Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
- Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- My Antonia by Willa Cather
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
- The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
- Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
- McTeague by Frank Norris
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
- The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
- Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
- Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
- Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
- A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
- Middlesex by Jefrrey Eugenides
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
- The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
- Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
My list is mostly novels with a single nonfiction work (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou), and I hope to finish it before the May 11, 2014. I finish around 110 books (more or less) per year, so I think two years gives me enough to finish all the books in my list AND explore other books I might be interested in, just in case I get antsy.
And the reward?
I’m still thinking about that. I want to reward myself with something luxurious, but I'm not making myself any promises right now.
If you want to join The Classics Club, you can sign up here.