The Classics Club Reading Challenge

The Classics Club

I intend to read all of these books before I graduate high school (2015). Is that a large (not to mention, hugely ambitious) goal to have? Probably. In that case, I guess I’ll just have to read classics instead of anything else. 🙂

To make things easier, the end-goal date is Jan 1, 2016. Just so I have more time to read over the holidays after completing Year 12.

KEY:

☾ = Intend to read this year (2016)
✿ = Currently reading
♣ = Challenge for me (eg. large amount of pages, not my usual genre, etc.)
☂ = Excited to read (read positive reviews, mainstream, etc.)
☮ = Books that are fairly short (~200 pages)

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 
  3. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  4. The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare
  5. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux ☾ ☮
  6. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie ☾ ☂✿
  7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  8. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson ☮
  9. Othello by Shakespeare
  10. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  11. Emma by Jane Austen ☾ ✿
  12. Macbeth by Shakespeare ☮
  13. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare ☾ ☮
  14. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath ☮
  15. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens ☮
  16. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons ♣ ☮
  17. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf ♣ ☮
  18. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury ♣ ☮
  19. Dear Enemy by Jean Webster ☮
  20. The Giver by Lois Lowry ☮
  21. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle ☮
  22. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren ☮
  23. Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare ☾ ✿ ☮
  24. Crime and Punishment by  Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  25. Hamlet by Shakespeare ☂
  26. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare ☾
  27. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen ☾
  28. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  29. Mansfield Park  by Jane Austen
  30. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë ☂
  31. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  32. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott ☾ ✿
  33. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley ☾ ✿
  34. Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
  35. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell ☾
  36. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer ☾ ☂
  37. Arabella by Georgette Heyer ☾
  38. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  39. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  40. The Color Purple by Alice Walker ☾
  41. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  42. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  43. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter ☾
  44. The Princess Bride by William Goldman ☂
  45. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith ☾
  46. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  47. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope ♣
  48. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy♣
  49. Absent In The Spring by Mary Westmacott ☾
  50. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  51. The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie
  52. Embers by Sándor Márai ☾ ♣
  53. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien ♣
  54. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov ♣
  55. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides ♣
  56. Dead Poets Society by N.H. Kleinbaum
  57. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  58. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

 

10 thoughts on “The Classics Club Reading Challenge

  1. About 90% of these are ones which I want to read, too!

    Hey, I have Memoirs of a Geisha and 1984 e-books, but I haven’t read them so I don’t know about the quality. Also, I have Life of Pi paperback. 😀 Catch-22 also. Anne Frank and To Kill A Mockingbird, too. BTW, how is the latter?

    Guess I’ll keep track of your Goodreads 😀

    • Woo! A lot of these books have been on my to-read list for a long, long time. 😀

      I have a lot of the books mentioned in this post. 😀 And as for To Kill A Mockingbird, I suppose it’s a wonderful book given its historic context, but as a book by itself, it was medicore.

      It started off slow, it examined the social conflicts within the small town of Maycomb, and took its time. 😛 The problem is, though, the dark-skinned and light-skinned characters (which, I think, had to be there to show the injustice more effectively) were kind of one-dimensional (in my opinion).

      But you might enjoy it more than I did. 🙂 A lot of my friends loved it. We had to read it for English. 😛

    • Mr Darcy ❤
      Funnily enough, I disliked his character all throughout the book… and fell in love with him when Elizabeth did. His patience, unconditional love, awkward nature (aww), was just too wonderful. 🙂 He's perfect for Elizabeth.
      How about you?

      • I think I started calling for him when he started showing signs of liking Elizabeth. You know when Lizzy visited Jane at Netherfield (?)and she was all soaked and wet. But Darcy defended her from the Bingley sisters. I think that’s when my liking for him grew and it intensified after the way he treated her aunt and uncle and also how he handled the elopment of Wickham and Lydia.

      • That was so sweet 🙂
        The entire book was so sweet. I loved how he defended her from the Bingley sisters; it was a very respectful thing to do. And he handled the elopement of Wickham and Lydia extremely well. ^_^
        Do you have any other favourite books which are similar? A friend recommended Emma. 😀

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