Thursday, January 9, 2014

Classics Club

I've decided to join the Classics Club, which is a good reason to read some of the many books I've bought, many of which I've started, then gotten distracted and never finished, through no fault of their own (that I'm aware of). Plus a few this gives me an excuse to pick up.

My goal is to finish them by December 31, 2018. I'd say it would easily go much faster, but it depends on how distracted I continue to get, so I'm playing it safe.

Postscript: I have changed this list many times, which I feel guilty about, even though it's perfectly fair according to the rules. I had barely begun when fascinating classics began throwing themselves at me, and I could neither pass them up, nor resist reviewing them. There are so many amazing books! Rest assured that what I've bumped off the original list is now hovering on the follow-up list, just waiting for me to finish this one.

My List:
  1.  Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri: The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition 
  2. Grant Allen: The Type-Writer Girl
  3. Asser: Life of King Alfred 
  4. William Baldwin: Beware the Cat (etext link
  5. Honore Balzac: Lost Illusions
  6. James Boswell: Boswell's London Journal, 1762-1763
  7. Hall Caine: The Manxman
  8.  Ernest Cline: Ready Player One
  9. Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Coleridge's Notebooks: a Selection  
  10. Jeanne Delavigne: Ghost Stories of Old New Orleans 
  11. Maitreya Devi: It Does Not Die  
  12. Charles Dickens: Dombey and Son 
  13. Charles Dickens: Oliver Twist
  14. John Donne: Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions 
  15. Arthur Conan Doyle: The Lost World 
  16. Lord Dunsany: The Curse of the Wise Woman
  17. Mircea Eliade: Bengali Nights 
  18. Henry Fielding: Shamela 
  19. Masanobu Fukuoka: The One-Straw Revolution
  20. Elizabeth Gaskell: Cranford
  21. George Gissing: New Grub Street 
  22. Francis Godwin: The Man in the Moone 
  23. Eliza Haywood: Adventures of Eovaii 
  24. Eliza Haywood: Anti-Pamela
  25. Frank Herbert: Dune  
  26. Yoshido Kenko: Essays in Idleness
  27. Frances Parkinson Keyes: Crescent Carnival 
  28. Rudyard Kipling: Kim 
  29. Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird 
  30. The Letters of Abelard and Heloise 
  31. J. Sheridan Le Fanu: The Cock and Anchor 
  32. J. Sheridan Le Fanu: Willing to Die 
  33. Gaston Leroux: The Phantom of the Opera
  34. Arthur Machen and A.E. Waite: The House of the Hidden Light
  35. Delarivier Manley: The New Atalantis 
  36. Kay Nielsen: East of the Sun and West of the Moon   
  37. Florence Nightingale: Her Diary and "Visions"
  38. L'Abbe du Prat: Venus in the Cloisters
  39. J.B. Priestley, Benighted 
  40. Pu Songling: Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio
  41. Samuel Richardson: Pamela 
  42. Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton: Who Would Have Thought It?
  43. Charlotte Smith: Celestina 
  44. Dodie Smith: I Capture the Castle 
  45. Snorri Sturluson: The Prose Edda
  46. Johannes Trithemius: In Praise of Scribes 
  47. Anthony Trollope: Can You Forgive Her?
  48. Edith Wharton: The Buccaneers 
  49. Ellen Wood: East Lynne 
  50. Emile Zola: The Ladies' Paradise


  1. I struggled with Kim, but I love To Kill a Mockingbird!

  2. Funny, Kim is one of the things I'm reading right now! And I think To Kill a Mockingbird is actually the weirdest thing on the list, just because I almost never read American Lit. But I'm told it's really good. :)