While I was wandering about the internet this morning, I checked in on a blog I love, called Dead White Guys, which mentioned that the blogger was considering signing up for a Classics Club challenge which involved a commitment to list 50 classics to read over a 5 year period.
This is a rather enormous undertaking, and I have a history of being really bad at reading challenges. I have been meaning to embark upon a Dickens project every single January for the last five Januaries. I have contemplated, undertaken, and abandoned dozens of such challenges.
But this one sounds like more fun. Maybe it’s the long-term nature of it. Maybe it’s the serendipity of starting this blog and then finding the challenge. Maybe it’s my delight with the fact that there is a huge community of people who are blogging about reading books that were written hundreds of years ago, and that you can get for free online. Maybe it’s the chance to kill two birds with one stone, since I’ve added all 12 Dickens novels to my list. Completing the challenge will also complete the Dickens project.
Whatever it is that compels me forward, I’m in.