Happy Monday! Special Edition: The Classics Club

Good Morning! Happy Monday, all. I hope you had a lovely weekend. I spent Saturday morning blissfully reading Jacqueline’s blog (did you all know she has a blog now?!) because she kept it so quiet I didn’t even know about it until recently; it’s divine. Honestly. But we knew it would be now, didn’t we? She introduced me to a lot of things, one of them being The Classics Club. Have you all heard of it? Go take a minute to check it out (especially you Read-a-Longers), it’s fantastic! So, I’m joining. I spent the rest of Saturday morning, into early afternoon, building my list of 50 books (it takes more thought than one would think, but it’s a LOT of fun to do). Then on Sunday I met up with Jill and bought some of the books from my list (below) at Barnes and Noble!

As so many (including Jacqueline) do, I’m going to set my goal at 50 books in five years. FIVE YEARS?! Yes, five years. First of all, half of the classics I want to read are so heavy that I could lift them daily and never have to go back to the gym. Second, I want to read other books as well. Third, I’m not a super speedy reader. Fourth, I have Read-a-Longs to run. Fifth, I have a blog to keep up and articles to write for Book Riot. Sixth… you get the picture. So, five years. Therefore by November 5, 2017 (wow, I can tell how much of a commitment-phobe I am by how speedily my heart pounds when I look at that date as one I’m committing to so far in advance!) I hope to have read all of the following:

  1. The Bostonians by Henry James
  2. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  3. Persuasion by Jane Austen (the only one I am re-reading; I’d like to give it another chance)
  4. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  5. Emma by Jane Austen
  6. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  7. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  8. A Room With a View by E.M. Forster
  9. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  10. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  11. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  12. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronë
  13. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  14. Howards End by E.M. Forster
  15. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (started but didn’t get far – it’s actually spooky!)
  16. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (need to finish)
  17. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  18. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  19. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  20. The Country of Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett
  21. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  22. Samuel Pepys Diary Vol. 1
  23. The Life of Charlotte Brontë by Elizabeth Gaskell
  24. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (need to finish)
  25. Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  26. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  27. Tess of the d’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
  28. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  29. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
  30. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
  31. The Warden by Anthony Trollope
  32. The Diary of Virginia Woolf Vol. 1
  33. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  34. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
  35. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  36. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  37. My Ántonia by Willa Cather
  38. Merry Hall by Beverly Nichols
  39. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  40. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  41. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  42. Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
  43. My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
  44. Nana by Émile Zola
  45. Juliette by Marquis de Sade
  46. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  47. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
  48. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  49. Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  50. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

The aforementioned commitment-phobe in me must add this disclaimer: we are allowed to change the books on our list at any time and as often as we want. Phew.

33 thoughts on “Happy Monday! Special Edition: The Classics Club

    • Oh that’s RIGHT! I forgot I can ADD – I spent some time last night substituting. Oh well, better to wait until I’ve read at least one before I add more probably, haha!

  1. Allow me to echo Patty above….welcome to the club!

    I see a couple of books on your list that sound interesting enough for me to want to add them to my list as well. I’ve a list of 50 but I know that list will be increasing as and when I’m done with any classic that catches my eye!

  2. Hello from yet another Classics Club reader. I’ve read and loved several of the books on your list but can particularly recommend Madame Bovary. Mrs B, Emma, is not a very likeable character but oh, she is a little more understandable every time I read her story. Oh and I just finished The Warden and loved it. It’s a wonderful introduction to Trollope’s gossipy, quiet drama focused style. :)

  3. Wallace, I’ve heard of this club, but never really sought it out – thanks for posting about it. I’m thinking its something that I definitely want to do – I’m pretty sure I can handle 50 books in five years and I love that you can change your list. Thanks! I’m heading over to the site now ;)

  4. Ah,this sounds amazing! I may just have to try it.
    And I so want to do The Hobbit Read Along, but Wuthering Heights was, unfortunately, a big failure on my part that I don’t want to “have to” quit again!

  5. You’re right that this is a LOT of reading – some of those nineteenth century authors just didn’t know when to stop writing did they!.Good luck with Mysteries of Udolpho – I got half way through it about 5 years ago and it is still lingering unfinished on the bookshelf. Desperately dull.

  6. Tom Jones is interesting. I read it after I saw the miniseries, so I was aware of Squire Western’s manner of speaking, but wow.

    Now wondering, how many of these are on the read along list for next year?

    • I was introduced to Tom Jones in Becoming Jane Austen (have you seen it?). Have been curious about it ever since.

      Three for sure. (But I actually added two of those to the list because I knew they were going to be RALers.) More maybe. I’ll know after tomorrow! I’ve broken down the suggestions and put together a few polls, so you all will be voting. Really excited to see what happens with that!

  7. I’ve been signed up since April (I think) and I’m doing okay. I’ve been too busy to participate in the lovely memes they’re doing every month now, but hoping to remedy that this month. I see a lot of similar titles on your list that are on mine. My list is 100 books. I think I went overboard. ;) I’m also hosting a non-fiction challenge that’s similar to The Classics Club. That one has proved to be a bit more difficult. Another situation that needs to be remedied. Anyway, welcome to the club. I’m glad you found out about it!

    • Well, maybe we’ll be able to knock some of them off of our list together with Read-a-Longs! Also, looks like there are plenty of us doing the challenge, so that might remind us to do the memes for fun. :)

  8. I like your list! I just bought I Captured the Castle this week! :) My list has already changed, and I’m tracking the changes — so interested to see what the beast looks like at the end of the project!

  9. I just joined the Classics Club myself. You’ve got a great list–I almost put Laclos on my list, but I can always add that one later….Trollope is my go-to guy for comfort reading. If you like The Warden, you might just want to keep on going and read the Barsetshire series.

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  11. I have recently discovered your blog and it has consumed my entire past week (which is terrible timing as it is finals week in university). I love your taste in books, especially this list since I recently joined the Classics Club as well!
    Books have always been such a personal thing for me. Never realized there might be an entire online community that I could share my love of reading with! I feel as though I feel as though I have discovered a whole new world haha.
    I am looking forward to joining your next Read-a-Long!

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