It's been two and a half years since I joined The Classics Club on April 15, 2012. My goal at that time was to read 50 classics in 5 years. I made a list of 50 books plus 5 personal challenge books, and figured one every month or so should do it. Complete details can be found on my Classics Club page.
To date: I have read 25 of 50 books
Brontë, Anne - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Brookner, Anita - Hotel du Lac
Buck, Pearl S. - Imperial Woman
Calvino, Italo - If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
Capote, Truman - Breakfast at Tiffany's
Christie, Agatha - And Then There Were None
Dreiser, Theodore - An American Tragedy
Eliot, George - Middlemarch
Gaskell, Elizabeth - North and South
Greene, Graham - The End of the Affair
Jackson, Shirley - The Haunting of Hill House
James, Henry - Washington Square
Hardy, Thomas - Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Hemingway, Ernest - The Old Man and the Sea
Plath, Sylvia - The Bell Jar
Pym, Barbara - A Glass of Blessings
Pym, Barbara - Some Tame Gazelle
Stewart, Mary - The Ivy Tree
Strachey, Julia - Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
Tanizaki, Junichiro - The Makioka Sisters
Thackery, William Makepeace - Vanity Fair
Thirkell, Angela - High Rising
Wharton, Edith - The Age of Innocence
Wilde, Oscar - The Picture of Dorian Gray
Williams, John - Stoner
- 2012 - 6 classics (in 8 months)
- 2013 - 13 classics, a banner year
- 2014 - 6 classics to date
I'm willing to cut myself a little slack this year since two of those six books were 800 pages or more, Middlemarch and An American Tragedy.
Additionally, my male/female author ratio is 11/14, but nearly all authors are British or American.
An interesting observation: 12 of the 25 books read have involved other readers. This includes 6 read-alongs or buddy reads and 6 Classics Spins sponsored by The Classics Club.
My conclusion: Classics are better with friends!
Moving ahead: My original list is now fluid, or evolving. When a book interests me, I add it to my list. Also, I need to get to those non-American/British authors on my list.
And of the books I've read...
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser - It had been on my shelf for nearly 35 years.
Most Beautifully Written:
Stoner by John Williams
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - I should have read this book in my 20's.
Most Surprising (in a good way):
The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki
Most Memorable Characters:
Tess and Alec from Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Most Recommended to Others:
Tess of the d'Urbervilles
North and South
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
The Makioka Sisters
Do you enjoy reading classics? Have you joined The Classics Club?