I Completed my Classics Club 50 (with substitutions) #cc50

I did it!  I (sort of) did it!!  I DID read over 50 classics in 5 years!!!

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On Dec 19, 2014, I listed 50 classics that I wanted to read by Dec 19, 2019. I defined ‘classic’ as anything over 25 years old.  This was the list.

HOWEVER, I allowed myself to swap in books to replace my original and since I can’t find any language on the Club site that endorses or expressly prohibits this, I’m going with it. Hey  –  as far as I know, there aren’t any ClassicsClubPolice, so…

[PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE give the golden trophy anyway!  please please?!?!]

I will admit I didn’t review every book. Sorry. I invite you to search any titles  via the search tool on my blog (upper right corner) if you want to see if I have read a specific book. You can also check bkclubcare on goodreads.

Here I list the substitutes only and then list the few I did not get to from my original 50. Sound fun? Ok, let’s go. For an overall list, click here on my update page.

The 17 (Runner Ups) that were not “Original 50”:
The Winter’s Tale / Shakespeare – Jan 2015
The Making of a Marchioness / FHBurnette – Apr2015
The Talented Mr. Ripley /PHighsmith June2015
Atlas Shrugged/Ayn Rand July2015
Brave New World – Jan2016
Go Tell It on the Mt/JBaldwin May2016
TKAM/Lee Sep2016
The Four Million/O.Henry Dec2016
The Summer of My German Soldier/BGreene Apr17
The Grand Sophy/GeoHeyer Aug17
Waiting for Godot/SamBeckett Sep17
Angle of Repose/WStegner Oct17
A Wizard of Earthsea/LeGuin Apr 2018
Jane Eyre/Bronte Apr18
O Pioneers/Cather Jun18
A Clockwork Orange  Aug19
Now in November / Josephine Johnson Nov 2019

The ones (count: 13) I still need to read, maybe, someday:
48. The Three Muskateers – Alex Dumas – have ready on audio!
46. Jude the Obscure – Hardy – I own a copy, in a box, buried
44. Rabbit, Run – Updike – yea, rethinking if I have to …
42. Cry the Beloved Country – Alan Paton – DNF’d once, own a copy
31. Dead Souls – Nikolay Gogol
26. Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon
24. Confederacy of Dunces – JKToole
23. Twelve Years a Slave – Solomon Northup
22. The Way We Live Now – Trollope
19. the Counterfeiters – A. Gide
14. Eileen Chang’s Love in a Fallen City
13. They Were Sisters – Dorothy Whipple – difficult to find!
7. The King Must Die – Mary Renault – considering audio

Yes, I realize that 17 doesn’t quite equate 13. That’s OK, right? I read MORE than 50 classics in 50 years! yay me

Will I make a ROUND 2 list and commit to Dec 2024?  maybe. . .  [Updated 1/12/2020 with links to my next list of classics by Dec 2024!]

 

 

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I’m Joining the Classics Club

Based on how many classics I managed to read in 2014, I’ve decided to join The Classics Club.

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The rules dictate that I list the 50 classics that I want to read. In no particular order (and then I will probably consult the 1001 Books to Read Before I Die lists when I eventually stall…OK – consulted it quite early before I realized I could sort my ToBeRead books on goodreads by published date!) I’ve defined ‘classic’ as anything over 25 years old.

 

50. Stoner – John Williams

49. Mansfield Park – Jane Austen

48. The Three Muskateers – Alex Dumas

47. Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd

46. Jude the Obscure – Hardy

45. the Woodlanders – Hardy

44. Rabbit, Run – Updike

43. Naked Lunch – Wm Burroughs

42. Cry the Beloved Country – Alan Paton

41. Love in a Cold Climate – Nancy Mitford

40. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

39. Murder Must Advertise – Elizabeth Bowen

38. The Painted Veil – WS Maugham

37. And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie

36. Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys

35. Heart of Darkness – Conrad

34. Germinal – Zola

33. The House of the Seven Gables – Hawthorne

32. Vanity Fair – Thackeray

31. Dead Souls – Nikolay Gogol

30. Candide – Voltair

29.  Orlando – V Woolf

28. Stranger in a Strange Land – Rob Heinlein

27. The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing

26. Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon

25. The World According to Garp – Irving

24. Confederacy of Dunces – JKToole

23. Twelve Years a Slave – Solomon Northup

22. The Way We Live Now – Trollope

21. Sister Carrie – Teddy Dreiser

20. Winesberg, Ohio – Sherwood Anderson

19. the Counterfeiters – A. Gide

18. A Handful of Dust – Waugh

17. The Ox-bow Incident – Walter Van Tilberg Clark

16. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene

15. West With the Night – Meryl

14. Eileen Chang’s Love in a Fallen City

13. They Were Sisters – Dorothy Whipple

12. I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith

11. One Fine Day – Mollie Panter-Downes

10. The Portable Dorothy Parker

9. the Bird’s Nest – Shirley Jackson

8. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

7. The King Must Die – Mary Renault

6. The Dud Avocado – Elaine Dundy

5. the Hunter – Richard Stark

4. Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes

3. Charlotte Sometimes – Penelope Farmer

2. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler – EL Konigsberg

1. The Double Helix – Watson

 

I’ve got FIVE YEARS to do this!  and I am allowed to swap titles in and out, I think, so as long as I get 50 titles read by 2020, I WIN.  This also means that I’m committing another five years to this blog. Whoddathunkit?!

Anyone up for a readalong on any of these, you know I am always up for a good Twitter hashtagging conversation.

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