Classic Club Challenge / Project: Here i come!

I know this Challenge has been going on for a while now, but i thought about it for quite a while. And when i mean quite a while i mean i actually thought about joining this Challenge for most of 2015. And since I have "get back to read Classics" on my Goal lists for 2016, i thought i will just do this as well. That way i have more then one motivation to read classics.  

I mean I have quite a few classics on my shelves already ready to read. No reason to wait. And a challenge is always a good way to get the motivation started, right?

If you have not yet heard of the Classics Club, here is the deal: 

If you join you pledge to read at least 50 classics in 5 years (starting on the day you join so you can join when ever, and just add 5 years to that date and that is your end date, which is fantastic if you ask me!)

There is also the great thing that this challenge doesn't say what exactly counts as a classic, you decide what you count as a classic so there really is no specific guideline as what you can or can't read for this project as long as it counts in some way as a classic! 

I decided to pick a mixture of classic book types. 
I want to read some of those Children Classics that every English speaking country always talk about but i never read -Anne and the Green Gable or Little Women- because i grew up with other books then those and i want to read them now. 

So why not include them since they are Classics of their own kind?

And lets face it most children books are easier to read and get through so i thought it would be a nice way to give ma bit of a break of the heavier and harder to read adult classics i included.  And if in never add them to any other list then my want to read someday lists, i will never get to them!

I also really want to re-read Pippi Longstocking and other books by this author that i did grow up with as a child but have not read for quite a few years. I don't only want to re-read Pippi by Astrid Lindgren, but basically all of the books I have by her from my childhood, but i only included Pippi in my list since i am not yet sure which books i will really get to. 

I do want to also read quite a few adult classics, re-read what i already own in many cases, and new ones that i wanted to read for years now but never got to and for some reason keep pushing back -look back to my TTT post from Tuesday and see Les Miserables as an example for that!

I took up until today to decide how many classics i want to pledge to read in 5 years time. I kept going back and forth between 60, 80 and 100 since there are quite a few classics that i really want to read and haven't yet. Or want to re-read. 

60 fell through because I was had 20 children classics alone? No why that i could narrow the adult list down to 40. Realistically i understand that i have a problem making lists too long. But i just have... reasons for wanting to read all those books, okay?!?! You can not believe how happy i am i even managed to wiggle it down to those few books. The original list: 

And since i did not believe that i could actually manage to read around 2 whole classics each month for 5 years, 100 fell off as well. I do have some sense of realism. Just not a perfectly accurate grip on it all the time, or at all when i make lists! 

Yeah, 80 it is and now i have to read around 1 and 1/2 classics per month for five years. Still a huge amount, especially considering that i did not manage a huge amount of classics last year. 

Did i mention sometime, anywhere that i have a problem with challenges and having to make them actually challenging? If not, this is clearly another example of that problem!

will start this challenge now - January 21, 2016 and it will go till January 20, 2021 (which by the way craziness right there 2021, there is a second 2 in there!!!)

And after all this rambling lets just get into the 80 classics i pledge to read- in no particular order!-: 

(The bold books are ones that i already own, and i also marked what I have already read and want to re-read for this challenge because of reasons that i will talk about once i actually read and review the books!
Books that are part of the series and i am not yet sure if i want to read the entire series, i only included the first book and will give myself time to read the entire series once i finished this challenge, or read the entire series if i am really into it. )

Children Classics first: 

  1. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
  2. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery 
  3. Matilda by Roald Dahl 
  4. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (re-read)
  5. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson 
  6. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (re-read)
  7. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 
  8. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (re-read)
  9. Heidi by Johanna Spyre (re-read)
  10. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
  11. 1001 Arabian nights (re-read)
  12. The Fairytales by Brothers Grimm (re-read)
  13. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
  14. Fairy tales and Stories by Hans Christian Anderson 
  15. Twenty Thousand Leagues under the sea by Jules Verne
  16. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  17. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  18. Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
  19. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (re-read)
  20. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (re-read)

Adult Classics:
  1. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  2. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  3. A Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  4. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (re-read)
  5. Ulysses by James Joyce
  6. Emma by Jane Austen (re-read)
  7. Madam Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (re-read)
  8. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  9. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  10. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (re-read)
  11. The Odyssesy by Homer
  12. The Iliad by Homer
  13. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  14. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  15. The Way we live now by Anthony Trollope
  16. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  17. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  18. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (re-read)
  19. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (re-read)
  20. 1984 by George Orwell 
  21. Middle march by George Eliot
  22. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien  (re-read)
  23. Catch - 22 by Joseph Heller
  24. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (re-read)
  25. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo 
  26. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  27. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthrone
  28. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (re-read)
  29. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  30. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  31. The Court of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  32. Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  33. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (re-read)
  34. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  35. Native Son by Richard Wright
  36. Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut
  37. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (partial re-read)
  38. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  39. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  40. The Handmaid's tale by Margaret Atwood
  41. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  42. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
  43. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  44. East of Eden by John Steinbeck 
  45. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (re-read)
  46. Washington Square by Henry James
  47. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  48. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  49. Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
  50. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  51. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  52. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (re-read)
  53. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo
  54. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  55. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
  56. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin
  57. The Tenant of Wildfowl Hall by Anne Bronte
  58. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  59. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (re-read)
  60. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy

I will add a page dedicated to this project under my blog header, where i will also link the reviews for each of those books that i will write up on this blog ones i read the book. and update the list i and cross of the books i have already read so that you - if you feel like it- can keep up with the progress i am making. Or if i am making any progress at all. We'll see which it will be.

Anyways this project will keep me writing this blog for at least the next five years, to update the progress i am making (or for however long it will take me to read those books, hey maybe i will get bitten by a radio active spider and get the superpower to read all those in less then 5 years no problem, we can dream, right?) with reviews for each of the books i have read. Which also means that i will actually have a very good reason to post regular reviews on here! Since i have been slacking on that in the biggest way possible!

I would love to know if any of those i listed here are classics that you read and loved. 

Or ones that you recommend because they are incredibly easy read. 
Or ones that are just so wonderful and I HAVE to read right away -especially if i already own that book, the would definitely be a plus ;)- please let me know and i will put that book on top of my TBR list for the coming months. 

Or if you have any classics that you guys think i should read as well. If i missed something you think should not be missed! 

Let me know!

Write more later... 


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