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Classics Club Challenge | Update 1


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.

classicsclub logoThe 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:

  1. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  2. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  3. The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass
  4. The Distracted Preacher by Thomas Hardy
  5. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  6. Galileo by Bertolt Brecht
  7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  8. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  9. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  10. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  11. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  12. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  13. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  14. The Parish and the Hill by Mary Doyle Curran
  15. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
  16. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  17. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
  18. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  19. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  20. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  21. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  22. The Mulligan Guard Ball by Edward Harrigan
  23. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  24. Light in August by William Faulkner
  25. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  26. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  27. 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!




5 responses to “Classics Club Challenge | Update 1”

  1. Such a great list. I always struggle with Tom Hardy (I *hated* Jude the Obscure), but there’s plenty on there you’ll love – great to see One Hundred Years of Solitude on there! Has possibly my favourite ever opening chapter.


  2. Eeee that’s SO many books! I wanna know what you thought of Hamlet, The Great Gatsby, A Christmas Carol, and The Importance of Being Earnest. 🙂 I read Hamlet for the first time last year and knew basically nothing about it which was so much fun because I experienced it much as the same as audiences during Shakespeare’s time would have! Still don’t know how I managed to miss so many spoilers as a freaking English major, but… yeah. 😛


  3. That’s a lot of classics! I really want to read some Jane Austen, although last time I tried P&P I kind of got stuck. Some classics I’ve read in the last years and The Bell Jar, The Great Gatsby, The Catcher In The Rye, Hamlet (for school), 1984 (for school), Frankenstien (for school), Jane Eyre, and Peter Pan. My friend had to read My Antonia for a school project and she was emphatically NOT a fan, a haha XD


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    Molly’s Book Nook

    Wow! Congrats on all the classics. I’m trying to read more classics this year. So far I’ve read 2 short stories hahahah >.<

    Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook


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