I’ve joined The Classics Club

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I’ve finally decided to join The Classics Club! It is a challenge whereby you commit to reading 50 (or more) classics within 5 years. Which means by 01 May 2018 I would have hopefully read all the 50 books that I’m going to list in this post.

I have thought about joining for a while, especially since I love reading classics. Another reason for joining is that a lot of my book blogging peers (friends) joined and have invited (told) me to come to the party… and now I am 🙂

I have added two Afrikaans (my first language) fiction novels and two South African fiction classics, because I don’t read many of them and I want too!

Here is my list:

Atwood, Margaret  – The Handmaid’s Tale

Austen, Jane –  Pride and Prejudice

Austen, Jane –  Sense and Sensibility

Brink, André P – A Dry White Season

Brontë, Charlotte –  Jane Eyre

Brontë, Emily –  Wuthering Heights

Bulgakov, Mikhail –  The Master and Margarita

Burnett, Frances Hodgson –  The Secret Garden

Capote Truman – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

de Balzac, Honoré – The Girl with the Golden Eyes

de Cervantes, Miguel –  Don Quixote

Dickens, Charles –  A Tale of Two Cities

Dickens, Charles –  Great Expectations

Dickens, Charles –  Oliver Twist

Du Maurier, Daphne –  My Cousin Rachel

Du Maurier, Daphne –  Rebecca

Du Maurier, Daphne –  Rule Britannia

Dumas, Alexandre –  The Three Musketeers

Eco, Umberto –  The Name of the Rose

Fitzgerald, F. Scott –  The Great Gatsby

Flaubert, Gustav –  Madame Bovary

Frank, Anne –  The Diary of Anne Frank

Hardy, Thomas –  Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Hawthorne, Nathaniel –  The Scarlet Letter

Hemingway, Ernest –  The Old Man and the Sea

Hugo, Victor –  Les Miserables

Lee, Harper –  To Kill a Mockingbird

Leroux, Gaston –  The Phantom of Opera

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia –  Love in the Time of Cholera

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia –  One Hundred Years of Solitude

Matthee, Daleen – Fiela se Kind

Matthee, Daleen – Kringe in ‘n bos

Melville, Herman –  Moby Dick

Nabokov, Vladimir –  Lolita

Paton, Alan –  Cry, the Beloved Country

Plath, Sylvia –  The Bell Jar

Rushdie, Salman –  Midnight’s Children

Rushdie, Salman –  The Satanic Verses

Sewell, Anna – Black Beauty

Stratton-Porter, Gene  – A Girl of the Limberlost

Tolstoy, Leo –  Anna Karenina

von Arnim, Elizabeth  – Elizabeth and her German Garden

Wharton, Edith –  Ethan Frome

Wharton, Edith –  Greater Inclination

Wharton, Edith –  Summer

Wharton, Edith –  The Age of Innocence

Wharton, Edith –  The Glimpses of the Moon

Wharton, Edith –  The House of Mirth

Wharton, Edith –  Xingu

Wilde, Oscar –  The Picture of Dorian Gray

Will you be joining too?

  • Yay! Welcome!! 🙂 So far, my favorite on your list is Sense & Sensibility. I also love Jane Eyre and A Tale of Two Cities. Have fun!

    • Thanks Mabel! I know I will have fun. This year I’ve already read about 6 classics, I should have joined sooner 🙂

  • Yes! Welcome to the Club! You have so many great books on your list 😀

  • Nice list! I hope you enjoy them all!!!

  • I’m so excited that you finally joined! You have some great books on your list and I can’t wait to see your reviews!

    • I’m excited too. A lot of these books I already have, so now I *must* read them!

  • Good luck, Melinda! 🙂 No way could I even contemplate reading so many in such a very short period. It toook me six months to read Les Misérables alone! :O Of course, it might depend on what was regarded as a “Classic” 😉

    • Thanks, Steve! I know some classics are lengthy. I read The Count of Monte Cristo in two months (I wish I signed up for the club before I did that one). I hope I will make it 🙂

      • LOL Maybe they’ll accept reading 50 Classic short stories… 😀

        • Hahahaha! You can try to list 50 novellas 🙂

  • That’s a great list! Are they all new reads?

    • Thanks, Sam. Yes they are, I’ve excluded the ones I’ve already read and reviewed. I finished The Great Gatsby just last week but I added it to this list because I haven’t reviewed it yet 🙂

  • Whoop! good luck girly!

  • Some really great books on your list! Welcome to the Club, it’s good to have you!

  • Welcome to the Classics Club club! 🙂

  • Welcome to the club 🙂 I look forward to seeing what you read.

  • Isi

    NOOOOOOOO Melinda, don’t try Don Quijote! It is long and boring and old-fashioned.
    People in my country is forced to read it at school and it is horrible 🙁

    But I’m glad you’ve join the club!! 😀 Five years seem a very long time, but you know they are a lot of books, hehehe.

    • Thanks Isi, you are one of them who invited me to the part 😉
      I hope five years from now we will still be reading happily for the classics club!

      Oh no! What are you telling me 🙁 I’ve read so many references in novels by spanish authors, I thought I would like to check it out. Yikes!

      • Isi

        I can summarize it if you want. But if you read it, I hope it is translated into modern English, because the original version is incomprehensible.

        • Then I will read it to read last 😀

  • To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite books, and I also adore The Secret Garden! Happy reading! 🙂

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

    • Thanks Alice. I hope I will enjoy those 2 as much as you did.

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  • Great lists. I have actually read 10 of the books on your list already and I have seen about 5 or 6 of the movie versions but did not read the books. And in The Kite Runner, the briefly mentions Wuthering Heights. I know you will breeze through this challenge as you are a classic junkie 🙂

    • You know I love historical ficiton and classics. You should consider joining the classics club!

      PS: I’m totally game for a night of classics movie watching! *wink wink* Can you tell I’m hinting at something? 😉

      • Lol very much so. We should def organise it then. Maybe, at least the challenge is over five years but I have to think about it…

        • Ok then that’s a deal! I know your choice of genre, so I think if you join the classics club you should also do 50 (not 100). I love classics, but I’m also a average speed reader (not fast) so I stick to 50 because I also want to make time to read other stuff. I’m sure you’ve noticed I even started reading books from genre’s I don’t normally read.

          • Yes I have noticed that. If I read a historical fiction it must be totally gripping and enchanting. I have read quite a few classics more than once. I normally just love picking up a book that I “feel” I need to read. I would say 70% of the time I just randomly pick a book and read it and the other 30% is from my TBR list (I think I mentioned something like this before). I hate restricting myself in general.

          • I do that too. I have a huge TBR list, but I have a few selected I choose that definitely takes priority (i.e the ones I feel like reading) but then I end up reading other ones in between, like netgalleys. Usually when I decide on a priority list (like my to read list I posted) I do stick to it because its books I’m dying to read 🙂

  • Hooray for joining even if you were pushed into it. Some good choices on your list. Good luck with Midnights children. I struggled with that one


    • Thanks Karen! I’m sure I will enjoy reading through my list.

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