Jillian over at A Room of One’s Own has created the Classics Club, where you sign up to read 50 classics over five years. Since I love a good book list, I thought it was worth trying to create a list of 50 classics I want to read.
I came up with this list by looking at a few “literature you must read” lists, and then looking at some of the lists of other Classics Club members, and then of course my own TBR/Challenge list. I tried to mix up genres a little bit, though I can’t say I went too far out on a limb. At first I thought I’d have to name a lot of re-reads to get to 50, but that wasn’t the case at all.
My list can be boiled down to: 1) books I really want to read; 2) authors I haven’t read but feel I should (like Faulkner, James, Kipling); 3) classic children’s books (Newbery winners); 4) classic science fiction; and 5) a few re-reads (like Catcher in the Rye).
For the record, I’m not going to push myself to read 50 classics in five years. I had fun just making the list (which tells you a lot about the dorkiness level here), and it helped me generate lots of ideas about books I want to read. Plus a lot of these are children’s books. Ten classics a year if you include children’s books — not impossible.
Any of your favorites on this list? Where do you think I should start? Is there anything on this list you tried and couldn’t get through? Do you think anything on this list (like Haruki Murakami) is too current to be considered classic? When does a book become a classic anyway?
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