Sunday, May 19, 2013

Classics Club: The First Year in Review (and a new Spin List!)

When I compiled my list last year, I made efforts to keep the number small and attainable.  It has grown since then, so I've been curious to see where I stand.

Here's What I've Read:
  1. My Antonia
  2. Watership Down
  3. The Warden
  4. The  Painted Veil
  5. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
  6. Frankenstein
  7. Youth and the Bright Medusa
  8. On the Road
  9. How Green Was My Valley
  10. One of Ours
  11. The End of the Affair
  12. Lady Windermere's Fan
  13. A Lost Lady
  14. Fellowship of the Ring
  15. Persuasion
  16. Pygmalion
  17. River of Earth
  18. The Beautiful and Damned
  19. Crime and Punishment
  20. The Professor's House
  21. My Mortal Enemy
  22. The Great Divorce
Doesn't look too shabby to me, especially because I'm currently working on 3 others (Grapes of Wrath, Hound of the Baskervilles, Eugene Onegin) and because they haven't all been a cakewalk (On the Road, Fellowship of the Ring, Crime and Punishment).  I think that it has definitely been beneficial to have them listed in one spot.  And it is certainly fun to be able to cross them off!

In other news, the Classics Club is doing another Spin List selection, and since the first one worked out so well for me (with The Beautiful and Damned) I thought I'd give it another go.  [update: looks like it's #6!]

5 Books I'm Afraid Of (because it weighs more than my cat, because it was written before my country began, because it's probably WAY too melodramatic, etc. etc.)

  1. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
  2. The Sorrows of Young Werther, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  3. The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy
  4. Native Son, Richard Wright
  5. Moll Flanders, Daniel Defoe

5 Books I Think I'll Like (but never got around to & am now ambivalent towards)

  6. Barchester Towers, Anthony Trollope
  7. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Bronte
  8. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
  9. Ruth, Elizabeth Gaskell
 10. Cakes and Ale, W.Somerset Maugham

5 Novella Pairings (I need to get those novellas read!)

 11. Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Marley & Stempenyu by Sholem Aleichem
 12. The Duel by Anton Chekov and The Duel by Alexander Kuprin
 13. The Nice Old Man and the Pretty Girl by Italo Svevo and The Touchstone by Edith Wharton
 14. The Man Who Would be King by Rudyard Kipling and May Day by F. Scott Fitzgerald
 15. Le Fanfarlo by Charles Baudelaire and Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf

5 Modern[ish] Picks (because most of my classics hail from the 19th century)
 16. Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather
 17. Things Fall apart, Chinua Achebe
 18. The Bell, Iris Murdoch
 19. Easter Parade, Richard Yates
 20. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh


  1. You've done a great job! Classics have sort of fallen off my reading radar in the last year or two just because of mental pressures of work, etc. I need to get back on 'em!

    1. They certainly take a particular state of mind to enjoy. I know that I've gone years without reading them & then feel like I've finally graduated through a difficult phase of life when I can focus on them once more. Hopefully you'll get there soon, but take advantage of all the other fun stuff out there meanwhile!

  2. I've been meaning to read some Trollope for ages. I look forward to reading your review of BT - it might inspire me :-)

  3. That is an amazing list, Melody. Congrats!

  4. 'because it weighs more than my cat' Heh, love it! I do admire your reading ethic - I couldn't cope with all that pressure - I'm lucky if I read two novels a month.


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