This morning I stumbled upon a wonderful blog called The Classics Club. Its exactly what I never knew I was searching for!
The premise of the club is a simple one. To join, one must simply submit a list of at least 50 titles that you personally consider classic in some way and commit to attempting to read and review all of them within a time frame of hire own choosing, up to five years. I eagerly spent some of my morning and afternoon building my own classics list.
A Few Notes Concerning My Selections
• I chose a very broad spectrum of titles because I am interested in a broad spectrum of fiction. I am aware that many, nay most, are probably not classics or only exist as classics in a certain subculture.
• They are in the order I came up with them, so I will not be reading them in this or any other particular order.
• I chose a number of children’s titles because I love children’s literature more now than when I was a kid.
• The spirit of the club is to read new titles, so I have only allowed myself step or three re-reads. I chose them mostly because they are lesser known titles and I was eager to re-read them to review them.
• Most of these are either titles I own and have not read or titles I started once and got side-tracked from finishing. I thought this seemed like a great opportunity to officially pursue them more diligently.
• The list is mainly novels and chapter books, with a smattering of short story collections, picture books, essays, and curated diaries.
• I intend to use the maximum allotment of five years, finishing the list by 2/22/2019.
The List (55 titles)
– The Plague by Albert Camus
– The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
– Watership Downs by Richard Adams
– Letters To An American Lady by C.S. Lewis
– On Stories by C.S. Lewis
– The Worm of Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison
– The Giver by Lois Lowry
– Mr. Bliss by J.R.R. Tolkien
– Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
– The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
– Odd And The Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
– Phantastes by George MacDonald
– The Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier
– The Silmarilion by J.R.R. Tolkien
– Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
– Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
– A Room With A View by E. M. Forster
– Redwall by Brian Jacques
– Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
– Poems of John Keats by John Keats
– Brothers and Friends : The Diaries of Major Warren Lewis by Warren Lewis
– The Third Man by Graham Greene
– The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
– The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
– Peril At End House by Agatha Christie
– Bring It To The Table: On Farming And Food by Wendell Berry
– The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
– Descent Into Hell by Charles Williams
– War In Heaven by Charles Williams
– The Food Of The Gods And How It Came To Earth by H. G. Wells
– Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang by Ian Fleming
– Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
– The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
– At The Back Of The North Wing by George MacDonald
– Jeeves In The Offering by P. G. Wodehouse
– Heavy Weather by P. G. Wodehouse
– Middlemarch by George Eliot
– The Narrative Of Arthur Gordon Pym Of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe
– Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
– The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
– On Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
– A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
– An Arsene Lupin Omnibus by Maurice LeBlanc
– The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton
– The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton
– King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard
– The Sorrows Of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
– Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
– In The Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
– Runaway by Alice Munro
– The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchanan
– I Sing The Body Electric by Ray Bradbury
– Walden by Henry David Thoreau
– My First Summer In The Sierras by John Muir
As a somewhat saddening side-note, I realized while curating this list that I finished reading every Sherlock Holmes novel years ago. While there are only four novel-length Holmes stories, I was surprised to realize that I had finished all of them years ago. I’m certain that I haven’t read all the short stories yet, but it was a strange sensation to realize that I had long since finished these and even forgotten that I had completed every one of them.
Anyway, I am excited to get any feedback as I start! If you have any personal thoughts, experiences, or opinions on any or all of these titles, I would love to hear them. I need all the advice I can get!