Anyone who knows me knows how much I love reading. But another, less obvious truth about me is that I love to plan, to make lists, to research my reading almost as much as I love to actually read.
How could I resist joining in this challenge? I'm in my final twenty years of reading on earth, I think, and it's time to devote myself to reading some of the best writing in these last years.
What is the Classics Club? From the blog:
I devoted a complete day to preparing the list. Because I am very much an overlapper (a self-created designation for a person who loves to do activities that check off as many lists at once as possible) I created most of this list from books I had already challenged myself to read, from the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read list and the 1001 Books You Must Read list, as well as from the various award-winning book lists I'm perpetually trying to read. Books marked in bold print are read and have links to reviews. I will try to read all of these by December 31, 2023.
Update (August of 2018): So far, I've read 25/50.
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald
Autumn Term by Antonia Forest
La Boheme: An Opera by Giacomo Puccini
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
The Doll's House by Rumer Godden
Dona Barbara by Romulo Gallegos
Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes
Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
Mythology by Edith Hamilton
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Basho
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
One Thousand and One Arabian Nights
The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
The Quiet American by Graham Greene
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
White Fang by Jack London
The Wonderful "O" by James Thurber
Are you a member of the Classics Club? What books do you want to read first? Are there any on this list that I should read soon?
What are you reading today?
What is the Sunday Salon? Imagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.
The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.
Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week.
It is now being hosted here.
Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is now being hosted at The Book Date.