I joined the Classics Club just over year ago, on August 29, 2012. It was around September 1, 2012 that I polished up my Classics Club lists and really embarked on this reading project, which is scheduled to end on September 1, 2017. My blog is just a little bit over a year old at this point, and has undergone some reorganization and revision over the last year.
So, what have I learned? Well, I’ve learned, first and foremost, that I will read for the rest of my life and I will barely scratch the surface of the available great and less-than-great-but-still-delightful books that were written and published before the year 2000.
The goal of the Classics Club is to read 50 classics in 5 years. My book list is 150 books long, and is divided into two separate projects. In the last year, I’ve completed 11 books from my Century of Books list, and 8 books (and started one other) from my list of Victorian Classics. This puts me at 19 for the year, which, I have to say, seems like a pretty successful year.
20th Century Classics:
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey
Wild Strawberries by Angela Thirkell
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Friday’s Child by Georgette Heyer
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard
Over the next few weeks, I’m hoping to put up a few more recap posts about the last year of classics reading!