So, I found this really cool blog called The Classics Club. You can check out their guidelines for joining here!
Per The Classics Club blog, the idea behind this project is to promote discussion of the classics among bloggers, to get them out there in the media and make them an integral part of today.
I have decided to read the following 50 classic books in the next 2 years. I looked through my Goodreads account and I’ve read over 20 “classic” books in the past 8 months alone. I am excited to join this project because I love supplementing my English degree with books that I never read in college. I think that I’ve mentioned this before, but I did have to drop out of my part time Masters in English Literature program when I got sick. It broke my heart. Even though my body hurts, my brain still works (mostly…). I never read any Thomas Hardy books in college, but I heard about one of his novels in passing, so I ended up reading quite a few of his works last year. No one ever assigned me The Handmaid’s Tale, so I never read it. In hindsight, it would have been a great text to use in my Honor’s thesis Junior year. So, obviously, I love classic books. I really enjoy discussing them with other bloggers (#JaneAustenForever). I hope these reviews will spark your interest!
This is a living list that will probably change a little bit. I tried to diversify the list with some authors who are new to me, but there are also a lot of duplicate authors because I know that I already love their work. Also, I omitted a few obvious classic authors because I either don’t like their work or haven’t read anything by them. So, if I get started on something that I don’t like, I will just find something new! Or, if I find a new author that I’m really liking, I might kick some out of the list. A lot of the novels were pulled from The Classic Club’s website’s list of classic books, their dedicated Goodreads list, and the list of 1001 Books to Read Before You Die.
My plan is to include a “Classics” section in each of my monthly round up posts. A separate post with more a more detailed review or analysis of those books will probably go up the following Saturday, so it can be included in The Classics Club reviews. I’m actually really looking forward to putting my analytical thinking cap back on and writing those!
Obviously, audiobooks are my go-to choice, but there are quite a few that I have found that I will absolutely have to read in paperback or on Kindle. That will probably be my biggest challenge. I’ve started utilizing my library for audiobooks on CD, but some of the classic books were recorded awhile ago, so they only come in cassette. I just can’t do that. #sorrynotsorry So, for those types of novels, I can utilize Audible. If you want tips on how I get great deals on classic books through Audible, click here!
- The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins
- The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
- The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
- Madam Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
- The Way We Live Now, Anthony Trollope
- The Awakening, Kate Chopin
- Adam Bede, George Eliot
- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, Laurence Sterne
- Sartoris, William Faulkner
- In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
- The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde
- Phineas Finn, Anthony Trollope
- The Bostonians, Henry James
- The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot
- Lady Chatterly’s Lover, DH Lawrence
- The Moviegoer, Walker Percy
- The Woodlanders, Thomas Hardy
- Silas Marner, George Eliot
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Mark Twain
- The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
- Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell
- Vanity Fair, William Thackeray
- The Beautiful and Damned, F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Doyle
- Lady Susan, Jane Austen
- The Man Who Knew Too Much, G.K. Chesterton
- Shirley, Charlotte Bronte
- Romola, George Elliot
- Passage to India, E.M. Forester
- Ruth, Elizabeth Gaskell
- The End of the Affair, Graham Greene
- Portrait of the Artist of as a Young Man, James Joyce
- Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, John le Carré
- One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
- Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
- The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie
- Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
- Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
- The King’s General, Daphne du Maurier
- Charity Girl, Georgette Heyer
- The Convenient Marriage, Georgette Heyer
- Cousin Kate, Georgette Heyer
- A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
- The Violent Bear it Away, Flannery O’Connor
- The Black Dahlia, James Ellroy
- Dancing Girls, Margaret Atwood
- Little Men, Louisa May Alcott
- The House in Paris, Elizabeth Bowen
What would you include in your list? Anything that I need to add? Something that is terrible that I should take off? Help a girl out!