Over a year ago in September 2015 I posted this introduction to the Classics Club Reading Challenge. The official specifics of this challenge can be found here, but basically it means that you make a list of classics you’d like to read by a certain date. Each time you read a classic on your list you have to write about it and then link the review back to your original list.
The other day I realized that I haven’t kept this blog up to date with my progress at all since posting that first introduction. A lot has changed since then– I was just entering my freshman year of college– so I feel as though a proper update is definitely warranted.
Originally I created a list of fifty classics I wanted to read by the year 2020. Though I would certainly still love to read those specific classics, I’ve since branched out as my reading tastes have expanded in some ways and narrowed in others. Though I have read 9 classics from my original list, I have read far more in general.
Since beginning the challenge I have read the following classics:
- Hamlet by William Shakespeare
- Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
- The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass
- The Distracted Preacher by Thomas Hardy
- The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
- Galileo by Bertolt Brecht
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- The Awakening by Kate Chopin
- My Antonia by Willa Cather
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
- The Parish and the Hill by Mary Doyle Curran
- O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- The Mulligan Guard Ball by Edward Harrigan
- As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
- Light in August by William Faulkner
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Moving forward, I would like to use this challenge as a way to keep track of the literature I read. Though I will continue to use my original list as a guide, I’m more interested in keeping a record of the classics that I read in general.
Are you participating in the Classics Club Reading Challenge? Have you read any of the classics I’ve mentioned? Are there classics that I should add to my list or prioritize on my TBR? Let me know in the comments section below!