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!