Classics Club Challenge

One challenge which stood out to me immediately was the Classics Club Challenge. I’m always looking to read more of the classics and have literally dozens sitting on my shelf. The goal is to choose 50 ore more classic novels you absolutely have the read. As time goes by, you read them, write about them and then check them off the list until you’re done.

My criteria for what constitutes a classic is fairly broad. The books needs to have had a significant cultural impact or simply be well-known within the context of its culture. I chose my books based on the club’s Big Book List, the lists of other participants, and lists of classic literature found on the internet. The list will include a few books I’ve already yet but have never reviewed. I’m hoping to make my way through these within the next few years.

My List (40 books in 4 Years)

Abe, Kōbō – The Woman in the Dunes
Anonymous: One Thousand and One Nights
Atwood, Margaret: The Blind Assassin
Austen, Jane: Persuasion
Austen, Jane: Pride and Prejudice
Bradbury, Ray: Fahrenheit 451
Bronte, Charlotte: Villette
Bronte, Emily: Wuthering Heights
Chekhov, Anton: Selected Stories
Collins, Wilkie: The Moonstone
Dante: The Divine Comedy
Dumas, Alexandre: The Count of Monte Cristo
Eliot, George: Middlemarch
Faulkner, William: The Sound and the Fury
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von: Faust
Ishiguro, Kazuo: Remains of the Day
Kawabata, Yasunai: The Sound of the Mountain
Lady Murasaki: The Tale of the Genji
Lessing, Doris: The Golden Notebook
Lu Xun- Diary of a Madman and Other Stories
Luo Guanzhong- Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Mahfouz, Naguib: Palace of Desire
Mahfouz, Naguib: Sugar Street
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: Love in the Time of Cholera
Milton, John: Paradise Lost
Morante, Elsa: History
Nabokov, Vladimir: Lolita
Orwell, George: 1984
Rumi, Jalal al-Din Muhammad: Masnavi
Sappho: Poems
Shonagon, Sei: The Pillow Book
Soseki, Natsume – Kokoro
Steinbeck, John: East of Eden
Tolstoy, Leo: War and Peace
Vargas Llosa, Mario: Conversation in the Cathedral
White, T.H.: The Once and Future King
Wilde, Oscar: The Importance of Being Earnest
Woolf, Virginia: Mrs. Dalloway
Wu Cheng’en- Journey to the West
Yourcenar, Marguerite: Memoirs of Hadrian

Goal Date: January 2018


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