The Classics Club challenge

The Classics Club challenge

The Classics Club ChallengeI don’t blog here as much on books, or actually their content, as I’d like. It may be time to change that.

I am joining The Classics Club challenge! The challenge is to read at least 50 classics in no more than five years. I decided to join since my to-read pile of classics is pretty gigantic (and truthfully I just really really enjoy making lists). So far I have changed my list multiple times already and I’m still not completely satisfied, but then again the list is completely fluid of course.

I will try to blog about every book I finish reading, although knowing myself it may not be more than a short blurb (I’m a terrible reviewer, sadly). The actually list that I will update, with links to the reviews, can be found here. I am also completely open to more suggestions for my list!

At the same time, I am still challenging myself to read all of Haruki Murakami’s (major, translated) works. An updated list on that can be found here, although I don’t actually write reviews. And I’m thinking of making that much needed list of Japanese literature… That’s a lie, actually, since I already started on it. But recommendations for that are welcome too (please check my Japanese literature GoodReads shelf!) 🙂

My current list: (I will not update this post)

  1. Adams, Richard – Watership Down
  2. Alcott, Louisa May – Little Women
  3. Atwood, Margaret – A Handmaid’s Tale
  4. Austen, Jane – Mansfield Park
  5. Austen, Jane – Northanger Abbey
  6. Austen, Jane – Persuasion
  7. Austen, Jane – Sense and Sensibility
  8. Bradbury, Ray – Fahrenheit 451
  9. Bronte, Charlotte – Jane Eyre
  10. Bronte, Emily – Wuthering Heights
  11. Burgess, Anthony – A Clockwork Orange
  12. Burnett, Frances Hodgson – The Secret Garden
  13. Dickens, Charles – Tale of Two Cities
  14. Dumas, Alexandre – The Three Musketeers
  15. Fitzgerald, F. Scott – Tender is the Night
  16. Forster, E.M. – Room With a View
  17. Golding, William – Lord of the Flies
  18. Grossmith, George – The Diary of a Nobody
  19. Heller, Joseph – Catch-22
  20. Huxley, Aldous – Brave New World
  21. Isherwood, Christopher – Goodbye to Berlin
  22. Ishiguro, Kazuo – Remains of the Day
  23. Kafka, Franz – The Trial
  24. Kesey, Ken – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  25. Lawrence, D.H. – Lady Chatterley’s Lover
  26. Lee, Harper – To Kill a Mockingbird
  27. Leroux, Gaston – The Phantom of Opera
  28. Maurier, Daphne du – Rebecca
  29. Mitchell, Margaret – Gone with the Wind
  30. Montgomery, L.M. – Anne of Green Gables
  31. More, Thomas – Utopia
  32. Nabokov, Vladimir – Lolita
  33. Orwell, George – Animal Farm
  34. Salinger, J.D. – The Catcher in the Rye
  35. Shakespeare, William – Hamlet
  36. Shakespeare, William – Romeo and Juliet
  37. Stoker, Bram – Dracula
  38. Thackeray, William Makepeace – Vanity Fair
  39. Tolkien, J.R.R. – The Lord of the Rings
  40. Victor, Hugo – Les Misérables
  41. Voltaire – Candide
  42. Vonnegut, Kurt – Slaughterhouse Five
  43. Wells, H.G. – The Time Machine
  44. Wilde, Oscar – The Importance of Being Earnest
  45. Woolf, Virginia – A Room of One’s Own
  46. And as I want to read more literature from my own country, I have also picked five Dutch classics for the list:

  47. Abdolah, Kader – Het Huis van de Moskee (The House of the Mosque)
  48. Couperus, Louis – Stille Kracht (Hidden Force)
  49. Frank, Anne – Het Dagboek van Anne Frank (The Diary of Anne Frank)
  50. Hermans, Willem Frederik – De donkere kamer van Damokles (The Darkroom of Damocles)
  51. Mulisch, Harry – De Ontdekking van de Hemel (The Discovery of Heaven)

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