this list, signed on with The Classics Club, and set a goal for myself to read 50 classics in 5 years. As a personal bonus challenge, I included five additional books started years ago but, for one reason or another, never finished. My purpose, however, is not so much to read from a specific list, but rather to read more classics. As a result, my list is constantly evolving.
For a quick review of the past year, I'm going to borrow this questionnaire from LindyLit (who borrowed it from Jessica at The Bookworm Chronicles) and highlight a few key points of my reading.
I have read 11 books, including one from my bonus list:
Brontë, Anne - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (12/12)
Christie, Agatha - And Then There Were None (4/12)
Gaskell, Elizabeth - North and South (8/12)
Greene, Graham - The End of the Affair (11/12)
James, Henry - Washington Square (1/13)
Hemingway, Ernest - The Old Man and the Sea (9/12)
Pym, Barbara - A Glass of Blessings (2/13)
Tanizaki, Junichiro - The Makioka Sisters (5/12)
Thackery, William Makepeace - Vanity Fair (3/13) *from bonus list
Thirkell, Angela - High Rising (4/13)
Wilde, Oscar - The Picture of Dorian Gray (3/13)
Looking at the list, I'm struck by it's variety - a mix of male and female authors, short and long books, comfort reads and a few more challenging, and even one in translation.
The Makioka Sisters
Most Beautifully Written:
The End of the Affair
The Picture of Dorian Gray - much darker than expected
Most Surprising (In A Good Way):
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Bronte was way ahead of her time. I can't figure out why she is regarded as the 'lesser' Bronte.
The Old Man and the Sea - Why did I hate it so much in high school?
Most Memorable Characters:
Margaret Hale, North and South
Becky Sharp Crawley, Vanity Fair
North and South
The Makioka Sisters
Favorite New Authors Discovered:
Ambitions for Year Two:
read at least ten classics
participate in a couple of readalongs
Finally, an unexpected bonus in joining the club, I have met many like-minded readers and discovered several excellent blogs. I'd say it's been a good year!
You're making great progress! I'm reading The Makioka Sisters right now and I love it! It's on my Classics Club list as well, and on my annual TBR Challenge list. I don't have any Barbara Pym on the list but I am planning to read more of her books in June.ReplyDelete
Karen K. - So glad to hear you're loving The Makioka Sisters! I don't think I've ever read a book the so clearly illustrates the pull between old ways and modern Japan... such good book!Delete
I joined the Classics Club, but rarely even look at my list any more. I need to revise it and start over because I don't like anything I chose last year! I think I'll put The Tenant of Wildfell Hall on the list - I've wanted to read it for a while.ReplyDelete
Anbolyn - Since our tastes change over time, I think it's fine to have an evolving list of classics... that way there are always books I'm excited to read.Delete
11 off the list, that's awesome! I'm a big Anne Bronte fan after reading Agnes Grey so I am saving Wildfell Hall for when I get near the end of my list, I know it's going to be awesome so I want to save it!ReplyDelete
Sam - And that's exactly how I feel about Agnes Grey... I'm saving it for a treat!Delete
Can't believe it's a year already. I decided to join it but couldn't make up my mind since I had other obligations,one of which was to dent by TBR books.ReplyDelete
I still have a few classics (mainly English and American) on my shelf and will clear them.
Nana - I'm fortunate because many of my Classics Club selections are already on my TBR shelf!Delete
You're doing great! I haven't joined the Classics Club since I'm still tackling my list from Project Fill-in-the-Gaps. What I really like about C.C. is its openness and all the little read-alongs that are happening.ReplyDelete
Vasilly - Thanks! I'm having a great time with the CC readalongs and the recent "spin" game was fun, too.Delete
Sounds wonderful and I must say that you're certainly doing a great job on the list. I love your posts because I've been intrigued enough to add a few of these authors to my reading and audio list!!ReplyDelete
Staci - I'm happy so many classics are available on audio... that sure pulled me through Vanity Fair!Delete
Adding my congratulations on your first year's progress! There's some definite overlap in our readings, even though I haven't joined the club - and of course I owe my introduction to the Makioka Sisters to you!ReplyDelete
Lisa May - The Makioka Sisters is such a wonderful book! My mother loved it, too. I keep meaning to investigate Tanizaki's other work.Delete
Way to go!! I wish I liked the classics better, but more often than not, I'm disappointed. That said, I'm eager to give Angela Thirkell a try.ReplyDelete
Les - High Rising reminded me of Barbara Pym (minus the clergy) - a real winner!Delete
You have made great progress. I love the variety.ReplyDelete
Diane - Thanks, there really is a little bit of everything here.Delete
I love how the Classics Club has encouraged me to get to some of the most intimidating books on my list. You're doing awesome!ReplyDelete
Melissa - Same here. Your read-along was definitely a highlight :-)Delete
I don't know why I haven't signed up for this yet...I better before I get all my 2013 classics done!ReplyDelete
I really like Margaret Hale too--amazingly, there are many who don't like her.
JaneGS - I thought you were already signed up! You really should - lots of great readalongs/activities. How can people not appreciate Margaret Hale??Delete
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I have flirted with the idea of signing up for a long time. Just can't seem to commit. I'm marking this post so that when I look at it again I may break down and decide to give it a try!ReplyDelete
Dorian was very dark and not at all what I expected either, but I thought it was okay.
Stacybuckeye - I can see myself rereading Dorian Gray at some point... and I'll know what to expect next time. Hope you decided to join the Classics Club!Delete
You're doing much better with your list than I'm doing with mine! I'm so distracted by shiny new books and readalongs.ReplyDelete
Lisa - I know all about distractions and readalongs! My numbers ended up being higher than I expected thanks to the Vanity Fair group read and a short classics spin book.Delete
nice way to recap your classics in the year. I'll have to remember to do something like this when I get to that point!ReplyDelete
Here's my Classics Club book list if you'd like to stop by.