The Classics Club – Challenge for 2014

Recently, a friend of mine joined The Classics Club, and it piqued my interest. I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with the classics – memories of being forced to wade through dry, boring texts at school war with memories of passionate readings of Treasure Island and The Three Musketeers.

Deciding I needed a new challenge for 2014 (and beyond) I’ve decided to join the site and challenge myself to read and review at least fifty classics over the next five years.

The Classics Club is a club created to inspire people to read and blog about classic books. There’s no time limit to join and you’re most welcome, as long as you’re willing to sign up to read and write on your blog about 50+ classic books in at most five years. The perk is that, not only will you have read 50+ incredible (or at the very least thought-provoking) works in five years, you’ll get to do it along with all of these people. Join us! We’re very friendly.

http://theclassicsclubblog.wordpress.com/how-to-join/

I decided to start off slowly and compile a list of fifty classics that I want to read or re-read. This seemed a daunting number when I began, but as I started researching, reading other’s lists and making notes, it was surprisingly easy to compile the list. In fact, it was tempting to make it longer.

So…my list of fifty classics to read and review before 2019 is upon us (that seems so far away) consists of the following:

  1. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  2. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  3. The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs
  4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  5. What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge
  6. What Katy Did Next by Susan Coolidge
  7. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  8. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
  9. Belinda by Maria Edgeworth
  10. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  11. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  12. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  13. The Divine Comedy by Dante
  14. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  15. The Tempest by William Shakespeare
  16. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
  17. The Collected Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins
  18. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  19. Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  20. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielwski
  21. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  22. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  23. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens
  24. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  25. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  26. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  27. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  28. Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot
  29. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  30. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  31. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  32. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  33. Island by Aldous Huxley
  34. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  35. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  36. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
  37. 1984 by George Orwell
  38. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  39. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  40. Collected Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe (every single one!)
  41. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathon Swift
  42. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  43. The Art of War by Sun Tzsu
  44. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  45. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
  46. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  47. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  48. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  49. Emily Climbs by LM Montgomery
  50. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Some of these will be re-reads and some will be new, but I’m looking forward to all of them.

* This list is now a permanent feature of this blog – see the tab up the top there? That’s where I’ll be linking my reviews as I work through the list.

Did I miss any of your favourites?

About B Lee Draper

Teacher, uni student, aspiring writer.
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4 Responses to The Classics Club – Challenge for 2014

  1. galealbright says:

    I love The Witch of Blackbird Pond, the Huxley books, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Crucible. I see the list includes poetry and plays as well as novels. Very good. It sounds like a worthy enterprise.

  2. B Lee Draper says:

    Cheers, Gale. I’ve never read The Witch of Blackbird Pond and have heard nothing but praise for it so really looking forward to that one. I wasn’t sure about the ‘official view’ of including plays and poetry but decided to add them all the same. 🙂

  3. Erica says:

    I see a few school favourites there. Good luck!

    • B Lee Draper says:

      Cheers. I’m really looking forward to Lord of the Flies, especially. I couldn’t decide whether I loved or loathed it in year 10 so I’m keen to see if I’m less ambivalent about it has an adult.

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