The Classics Club is, in its members' own words:
... a club created to inspire people to read and blog about classic books. There’s no time limit to join and you’re most welcome, as long as you’re willing to sign up to read and write on your blog about 50+ classic books in at most five years. The perk is that, not only will you have read 50+ incredible (or at the very least thought-provoking) works in five years, you’ll get to do it along with all of these people.
Sounds intriguing, right?
I thought so, too.
I've challenged myself to read 80 books this year -- which, based on what I've managed for the past couple of years, and considering my 2014 - 2017 term on the Texas Library Association's Spirit of Texas committee, is not that wacky -- and I figure... why not give myself a secondary goal besides just "read X number of books" in the long term?
50 classics in 5 years? That's not a bad bet.
I've decided to try it, with the caveat that I'm not aiming for a strict 10 books per year. 5 years is kind of a long time! Who knows what kind of life events and career developments and new fav authors/series can happen during that time.
But I do have a short selection of self-imposed ground rules for this challenge . . .
- Haven't read before, or it's been over a decade
- Focus on YA, SF/F, and science narrative non-fiction, but not exclusively
- Loose definition of "classic" but must be over 20 years old
- Not required to finish, given sufficient effort
- Required to post a full review as proof of having read (or attempt)
I also have a little list of books of interest to get me started, in no particular order . . .
- Middlemarch by George Eliot
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- The chocolate war by Robert Cormier
- North and south by Elizabeth Gaskell
- The outsiders by S.E. Hinton
- Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardey
- An American tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
- Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
- The color purple by Alice Walker
- The time machine by H.G. Wells
- The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
- The golden compass by Philip Pullman
- Wizard's first rule by Terry Goodkind
- Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
- Ubik by Philip K. Dick
- The French lieutenant's woman by John Fowles
- Stranger in a strange land by Robert A. Heinlein
- Snow crash by Neal Stephenson
- Neuromancer by William Gibson
- Foundation by Isaac Asmimov
- The Martian chronicles by Ray Bradbury
- Clockwork orange by Anthony Burgess
- Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
- Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft
- Gone with the wind by Margaret Mitchell
- Cat's cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
- Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore
- The once and future king by T.H. White
- The merry adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
- The adventures & memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Cosmos by Carl Sagan
- Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin
- The silent world by Jacques-Yves Cousteau
- In the shadow of man by Jane Goodall
- Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
- The little prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
- Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
- The death of the heart by Elizabeth Bowen
- My man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
- I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou
- Their eyes were watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- All the pretty horses by Cormac McCarthy
- Morte D'Urban by J.F. Powers
- Manufacturing consent by Noam Chomsky
- Around the world in 80 days by Jules Verne
- Passing by Nella Larsen
- The awakening by Kate Chopin
- The yellow wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Thoughts from the peanut gallery?