Challenge Update: The Classics Club Challenge

Challenge Update: The Classics Club Challenge

The Classics Club Challenge

The Classics Club is a challenge to read at least 50 classics within a maximum of 5 years. I joined this challenge on August 1st, 2012, meaning my deadline would be July 31, 2017.

Well, without realising, I already passed my challenge, with over a year left! It took me a little while to update my challenge stats, and when I did, it turned out I had already read 53 books! You can read all my challenge posts here.

So here is what I have read so far:

  1. Atwood, Margaret – A Handmaid’s Tale (read Nov 15, 2013)
  2. Austen, Jane – Lady Susan (read Aug 19, 2012) [review]
  3. Baldwin, James – Giovanni’s Room (read Oct 5, 2012) [review]
  4. Bradbury, Ray – Fahrenheit 451 (read Aug 19, 2013)
  5. Bradbury, Ray – The Martian Chronicles (read Jul 27, 2014)
  6. Burroughs, Edgar Rice – A Princess of Mars (read Jul 18, 2014)
  7. Capote, Truman – Breakfast at Tiffany’s (read Nov 2, 2012)
  8. Christie, Agatha – Murder on the Orient Express (read Oct 11, 2014)
  9. Doyle, Arthur Conan – A Study in Scarlet (read Jan 6, 2013)
  10. Fanu, Joseph Sheridan Le – Carmilla (read Apr 15, 2014)
  11. Forster, E.M. – Maurice (read Oct 22, 2014)
  12. Garden, Nancy – Annie on My Mind (read Oct 14, 2015)
  13. Gilman, Charlotte Perkins – Herland (read Jul 21, 2014)
  14. Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm – Household Stories by the Brothers Grimm (read Jun 8, 2014)
  15. Hall, Radclyffe – The Well of Loneliness (read Jan 17, 2016) [review]
  16. Highsmith, Patricia – Carol (read Dec 15, 2015)
  17. Homer – The Odyssey (read Mar 23, 2014)
  18. Isherwood, Christopher – Goodbye to Berlin (read Jul 09, 2016)
  19. Isherwood, Christopher – Mr Norris Changes Trains (read Jul 07, 2016)
  20. Jackson, Shirley – We Have Always Lived in the Castle (read May 22, 2016)
  21. Lee, Harper – To Kill a Mockingbird (read Dec 03, 2014)
  22. Lewis, Carroll – Alice in Wonderland (read Jun 13, 2014)
  23. Lewis, Carroll – Through the Looking Glass (read Jun 16, 2014)
  24. Maurier, Daphne du – Rebecca (read Feb 8, 2014)
  25. O’Brien, Robert C. – Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (read Apr 23, 2015)
  26. Orwell, George – Animal Farm (read Aug 25, 2013)
  27. Plath, Sylvia – The Bell Jar (read Mar 09, 2015)
  28. Shelley, Mary – Frankenstein (read Jun 30, 2014)
  29. Stoker, Bram – Dracula (read Jun 21, 2014)
  30. Tolkien, J.R.R. – The Hobbit (read Dec 23, 2012)
  31. Voltaire – Candide (read Aug 15, 2012) [review]
  32. Vonnegut, Kurt – Slaughterhouse-Five (read May 31, 2015)
  33. Walker, Alice – The Color Purple (read Feb 14, 2016)
  34. Wells, H.G. – The Time Machine (read Mar 10, 2013)
  35. Wilde, Oscar – Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde (read Dec 11, 2012)
  36. Wilde, Oscar – The Importance of Being Earnest (read Dec 31, 2013)
  37. Winterson, Jeanette – Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (read May 19, 2016)
  38. Woolf, Virginia – Haunted House (read Jul 02, 2016)
  39. Woolf, Virginia – Mrs Dalloway (read Jul 20, 2016)
  40. Woolf, Virginia – Orlando (read Apr 19, 2014)
  41. Zamyatin, Yevgeny – We (read Jan 08, 2016)

    Classics by Dutch authors:
  42. Dragt, Tonke – De Brief voor de Koning (The Letter for the King) (read Nov 22, 2015)
  43. Dragt, Tonke – Geheimen van het Wilde Woud (Secrets of the Wild Wood) (read May 05, 2016)

    Classics by Japanese authors:
  44. Abe, Kōbō – The Woman in the Dunes (read May 24, 2014) [review]
  45. Akutagawa, Ryūnosuke – Rashomon and Other Stories (read Jan 16, 2012)
  46. Edogawa, Ranpo – Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination (read Jan 7, 2014) [review]
  47. Enchi, Fumiko – Masks (read Jan 25, 2015)
  48. Enchi, Fumiko – The Waiting Years (read Jan 22, 2016) [review]
  49. Mishima, Yukio – Forbidden Colors (read May 18, 2014)
  50. Mori, Ogai – 山椒大夫 (read Apr 12, 2015)
  51. Okamoto, Kanoko – A Riot of Goldfish (read Jan 27, 2016) [review]
  52. Osamu, Dazai – No Longer Human (read Jun 24, 2013))
  53. Soseki, Natsume – Kokoro (read Mar 28, 2013)

I actually also gave up on two classics:

  • Heller, Joseph – Catch-22
  • Shikibu, Murasaki – The Tale of Genji

There were books I loved and books I frankly hated. See the two that I didn’t finish above 😉

So, now that I have technically finished the challenge, what does that mean? Not a lot! I will continue reading classics, and especially classics by women (also see the Women’s Classic Literature Event!). We’ll see where I am in a year, when the challenge is really ‘over’ (and of course, when it is, I am still not going to stop reading classics!).

When the (my) event has ended on July 31st 2017, I will wrap it up properly with a list of favourites, etc. 🙂

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