The Classics Club

“In reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself…I see with a myriad of eyes,but it is still I who see.” 
―C.S. Lewis, An Experiment in Criticism


You may have noticed my new blog page called The Classics Club. Pretty much it’s a page for my Classics Club book list. I discovered this club from the wonderful blogs of Miss Dashwood and Petie (lovely blogs written by two very sweet girls! Check them out if you haven’t already!). Basically the idea is to make a list of at least 50 classic books, read them within 5 years and write a review on your blog after you finish each book.  Of course once I got started I couldn’t stop, so here is my list of 205 classic books (unless I cave and add more :) ) that I hope to have read by 5 years from now. When I read  a book I’ll cross it off the list and link to my review.

Let me know what you think or if there’s a book that needs to be on there!

“Emma has been meaning to read more ever since she was twelve years old. I have seen a great many lists of her drawing up at various times of books that she meant to read regularly through—and very good lists they were—very well chosen, and very neatly arranged—sometimes alphabetically, and sometimes by some other rule. The list she drew up when only fourteen—I remember thinking it did her judgment so much credit, that I preserved it some time; and I dare say she may have made out a very good list now. But I have done with expecting any course of steady reading from Emma. She will never submit to any thing requiring industry and patience, and a subjection of the fancy to the understanding.” 
― Jane Austen, Emma

(hopefully my attempt won’t end up like Emma’s! :) )

Number of Books: 205

Book read so far: 0

Start Date: February 17, 2013

End Date: February 17, 2018

9 thoughts on “The Classics Club

  1. I’ve been reading “The Once and Future King”. Does that count as a ‘classic’? King Arthur and all that! Good luck on your reads! Tell me which ones I can’t live without reading!

  2. This is awesome!!! I might have to do this…I need to get reading more classics! =)
    P.S. I read Miss Dashwood’s blog as well!

  3. An admirable list, indeed. And a daunting task, as well. But — knowing you, you’ll tackle it. I’ve been struggling with the “Brothers K” for four years now. I’ve read a couple of the works on your Dickens list. Tough going, too, but more enjoyable than Dost. And — I like Russian writing! But I would suggests Dr. Zhivago instead. I note, as well that your list is “fiction heavy.” Should you include (not add, but exchange for some of the fiction — drop some novels, say, three or four Dickens (but not “Tale of…,” or “Oliver…,” ) — and add Barbara Tuchman = The Guns of August; Dinesen = Out of Africa; Morris = The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt; McPherson = Battle Cry of Freedom (I think you have this one). Fiction has a powerful appeal and can show us human emotion better than any form (except, perhaps, poetry) — but, a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the human experience requires the non-fiction experience, as well. Think of it as farm life. Yesterday (2/17), the wind chill outside the heifer barn had to be below zero. It’s one thing to describe it in a novel — but an entirely different thing to feel it.


  4. Thank you for your thoughts Mr. Allan! I like your suggestion and the non-fiction books you mentioned look interesting. Now I’ll just have to decide which books to substitute… Sorry I missed seeing you yesterday. I was disappointed about that!

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