The Classics Club

I’m joining The Classics Club at the blog of the same name.  I’ve chosen the following books that I’ve determined to be classics (they don’t have any rules regarding what is considered classic) to read by December 31, 2015.  I could have gone up to five years, but that seemed like such a long time.  I don’t plan on reading these books in any particular order and I don’t plan on only reading these.  If I break it down into three years, that would be 20 of these books each year.  I think I can do that along with allowing for other books and projects.  I will probably have mini-projects each year that may or may not overlap with this one.  A few of these books are re-reads because they did not “hit home” with me the first time around and I have heard such raving reviews about them since that I thought I would give them another chance (maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood the first time).

1 Tales of the Jazz Age Fitzgerald, F. Scott
2 Beowulf Anonymous
3 The Man Who Was Thursday G. K. Chesterton
4 Bagombo Snuff Box Vonnegut, Kurt
5 Tortilla Flat Steinbeck, John
6 Billy Budd, Sailor Melville, Herman
7 Go Tell It On The Mountain Baldwin, James
8 Diary of a Country Priest Bernanos, George
9 Jane Eyre Bronte, Charlotte
10 Wuthering Heights Bronte, Emily
11 A Farewell To Arms Hemingway, Ernest
12 Death Comes to the Archbishop Cather, Willa
13 O, Pioneers! Cather, Willa
14 Before Adam London, Jack
15 Watership Down Adams, Richard
16 The Red Badge of Courage Crane, Stephen
17 The Red Pony Steinbeck, John
18 The Pearl Steinbeck, John
19 The Hound of the Baskervilles Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan
20 Little Women Alcott, Louisa May
21 The Count of Monte Cristo Dumas, Alexandre
22 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Smith, Betty
23 The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Franklin, Benjamin
24 The Encantadas Melville, Herman
25 Daisy Miller James, Henry
26 The Call of the Wild London, Jack
27 The Mill on the Floss Eliot, George
28 Their Eyes Were Watching God Hurston, Zora Neale
29 Family Happiness Leo Tolstoy
30 The Natural Malamud, Bernard
31 Moby Dick Melville, Herman
32 Gone With the Wind Mitchell, Margaret
33 A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories O’Connor, Flannery
34 Persuasion Austen, Jane
35 Wise Blood O’Connor, Flannery
36 The Old Man and the Sea Hemingway, Ernest
37 Franny and Zooey Salinger, J. D.
38 Nine Stories Salinger, J. D.
39 Raise High The Roofbeam Carpenters/Seymore: An Introduction Salinger, J. D.
40 The Winter of Our Discontent Steinbeck, John
41 The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
42 The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde Stevenson, Robert Louis
43 Jazz Morrison, Toni
44 The Power and the Glory Greene, Graham
45 War and Peace Tolstoy, Leo
46 The Sun Also Rises Hemingway, Ernest
47 The Outsiders Hinton, S. E.
48 The Guns of August Tuchman, Barbara
49 Mother Night Vonnegut, Jr., Kurt
50 Breakfast Of Champions Vonnegut, Jr., Kurt
51 Welcome to the Monkeyhouse Vonnegut, Jr., Kurt
52 The Violent Bear It Away O’Connor, Flannery
53 Silas Marner Eliot, George
54 A Mercy Morrison, Toni
55 Benito Cereno Melville, Herman
56 Ethan Frome Wharton, Edith
57 The Picture of Dorian Gray Wilde, Oscar
58 Look Homeward, Angel Wolf, Thomas
59 Brideshead Revisited Waugh, Evelyn
60 The Catcher in the Rye Salinger, J. D.

15 responses to “The Classics Club

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  2. Admirable list! I counted twenty I’ve read. I thought about joining the Classics Club, but much of my reading life has been Classics-related anyway. 🙂 The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Fountainhead are two of my favorites that I don’t think we’ve discussed before. Enjoy!

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  5. For the first time, I’ve thought to check out your CC list. You have both of my favorite Jane Austen books AND my favorite Hemingway here! And my top 2 favorite books of all time: Jane Eyre and The Count of Monte Cristo! This is an exciting list 😀

    • In case you didn’t notice, some of the list appears to be in alphabetical order and some of it isn’t. That’s because I have basically replaced some of the books on the list as I read something that wasn’t on it originally. I’ll still read the same number – its just the list will look different at the end that it did at the beginning. The books you have mentioned, though, I have no intentions of replacing. But Ayn Rand is going to have to bite the dust here shortly, I think.

      • I didn’t notice they were out of order until you mentioned it 🙂 Blogger adds numbers if you insert something into a numbered list, so I just put my additions in where they belong — WordPress doesn’t do that?

        I have 70 on my list now. This is ridiculous. Right now I think that when I reach 50, I’ll pull off all the ones I didn’t read and be like, “LOOK! I did it! Fifty books!” And then make a new list with the ones I didn’t get to and begin again, perhaps? Or see how many I get read in 5 years, even if it’s more than 50? Dunno. I’m only 7 months in — I’ve got time to plan 🙂

        That’s what made me decide to do the Classics Club — the fact that your list can change as you go along, as long as you end up with 50 read in 5 years. Otherwise, no way I would stick to a static list. Of the 12 I’ve read so far, 5 weren’t on the list when I first made it.

      • WordPress probably does something like that; however, I just didn’t realize it. I was putting my list together in Excel and then copied it to my post. I also looked and looked to find out how to link my “Old Man and The Sea Read A Long” photo to your blog. There is some sort of plug-in to install but I couldn’t get it to work. From everything I read, it sounded like Blogger does this easily.

        But I am looking forward to reading “Old Man and the Sea” next week!

      • Aha! Another reason I won’t be switching to WordPress any time soon, then. But don’t worry about it — that’s why my blog name is on the button too 🙂

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