Friday, March 9, 2012

Classics Club

Jillian at A Room of One's Own posted about this fantastic idea for a Classics Club earlier this week. There was so much interest that she moved on it really quickly, and it's all set up! If you're a regular reader of the classics, check out her post and join us. It's up to you to set your own goal, and it's a fun way to interact with other readers of classics.

Start Date: March 9, 2012
Goal for completion: March 9, 2015
Prize for completion: Book buying spree (limit to be set closer to completion)
Books I intend to read (or re-read)*:
  1. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  2. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  3. Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë 
  4. The Master and the Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  5. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  6. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
  7. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  8. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  9. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  10. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  11. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  12. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  13. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  14. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  15. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  16. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  17. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald 
  18. Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald
  19. Howards End by E. M. Forster
  20. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E. M. Forster
  21. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
  22. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  23. The Wind and the Willows by Kenneth Graham
  24. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  25. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  26. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy 
  27. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  28. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston
  29. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  30. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  31. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  32. Of Human Bondage by W Somerset Maugham
  33. The Painted Veil by W Somerset Maugham
  34. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  35. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
  36. 1984 by George Orwell
  37. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton 
  38. Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
  39. Franny and Zooey by J D Salinger
  40. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  41. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  42. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  43. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
  44. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  45. The Warden by Anthony Trollope
  46. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  47. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  48. Night by Elie Wiesel
  49. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  50. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
*The list may change at my discretion.


  1. So many great ones! I can't wait to hear what you think of Agnes Grey. I really respect that book, and a lot of people don't, so I'll be excited to hear your thoughts.

    I'm oddly cuious about Of Human Bondage.

    Anyway, I'm glad you joined, Kristi! Best wishes. :D

    1. Thanks Jillian for organizing this. It will be great! I'm excited to get to Agnes Grey as well. It's been patiently waiting on my Kindle. :)

  2. Oh, PS - your prize is awesome. :D

    1. What prize is better than books? None, I say! :)

  3. Yeah for book buying sprees! I am absolutely joining this, I just need to put a list together.

    1. I'm glad that you're joining too! The list is the best part. I'm excited to see what you select. If there is some overlap, maybe we can plan some buddy reads.

    2. I love your idea of doing some buddy reads. I agree Don Quixote should be one, we should do The Master and the Margarita and maybe The Mill on the Floss too. We could pick one each year or something!

    3. One each year sounds good. I have copies of all three. I've had Don Quixote the longest. Maybe that one first or you would you prefer a different one?

  4. That is certainly ambitious ... but you do have a good chunk of time. Good luck!

    1. I'm crazy, what can I say? I usually average two classics a month so hopefully I can do it! Luckily most of these are already on my shelf or loaded on the Kindle.

  5. Awesome list - we have quite a few similarities, which is nice as I'll be interested to see how you find them. Good luck!

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I'll have to check out your list. I do love seeing reviews of books that I've recently read so I'll keep on eye on your reviews as well. Good luck to you also!

  6. We have a lot of the same books but you're much more ambitious with your time table than I am!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I am kind of ambitious with my three years. I'll probably regret it and have to push it out a year or so. Haha! I did check out your list and we do have quite a bit of overlap. Good luck to you.

  7. That's a great list. I think you'll really enjoy The Three Musketeers, Anna of Green Gables and Cry, the Beloved Country. Those are three of my favorites.

    Happy reading!

  8. That is a wonderful list, Kristi! From your list, I have read 'The Master and Margarita' by Mikhail Bulgakov (so wonderful!), 'The Moonstone' by Wilkie Collins (Collins is always good!), 'The Three Musketeers' by Alexandre Dumas (it is a family favourite! I would recommend the Gene Kelly movie version too - it is so wonderful!), 'Middlemarch' by George Eliot (Eliot rocks!), 'The Great Gatsby' by F.Scott Fitzgerald (it went over my head when I read it many years back. Need to read it again), 'Of Human Bondage' by W.Somerset Maugham (one of my alltime favourites!), 'The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde' by R.L.Stevenson (Adore Stevenson!), 'Dracula' by Bram Stoker (the best ever vampire novel, in my opinion), 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' by Harriett Beecher Stowe (love, love, love it!), 'The Importance of Being Earnest' by Oscar Wilde (Oscar Wilde rocks! I want to read all his plays!).

    Happy Reading!