Classics Club Challenge Update

Four years ago I joined in a challenge with The Classics Club to read 50 classics of my choice in five years. Unfortunately I took a break from blogging (and reading for the most part) for the better part of three years so I am…quite severely, behind. In fact, of my original list, I’ve only read and blogged about three books. Seriously. So I have decided that I am going to re-start my challenge to give me any hope of completing it.

Between June 1st 2017 and May 31st 2022, I will read and blog about 50 classic books.

Here is my current list with links to the review, if completed:
Catch – 22 by Joseph Heller (Reread)
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Reread)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Reread)
Agnes Grey by Ann Brontë
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (Reread)
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (Reread)
Across the River and into the Trees by Ernest Hemingway
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
– The Fellowship of the Ring
– The Two Towers
– Return of the King
Anne of Green Gables, by LM Montgomery
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
Middlemarch by George Elliot
The Short Novels of John Steinbeck
– Tortilla Flat
– The Moon Is Down
– The Red Pony
– Of Mice and Men (Reread)
– Cannery Row
– The Pearl
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Emma by Jane Austen
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne DuMaurier
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
A Shakespeare Play (TBD)
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (Partial Reread)

To see my original Classics Club reading list you can find it here.


14 thoughts on “Classics Club Challenge Update

    • Man, I really want to, but to be honest I’m scared of it!! Me and giant books don’t always get along…I tend to leave them only half finished :-/

      Is it a good summertime-ish book or does it not really have a seasonality? It is shameful how little I know about it! Pretty sure there’s a guy named Rhett? Haha. That’s about it! But I kind of like going into it blind.

      • OH MY GOODNESS YOU WILL LOVE IT. I DEFINITELY think it’s a summer book. That’s when I read it. {I’ve read it five times.}

        Okay, the first 100 pages are a little slow. They make sense in the context of the whole, because they are set-up, but they might deter you a bit since you are going into it bling. I assure you it picks up QUITE SUDDENLY and then you’ll be hooked. It’s about a completely selfish woman who is raised to adorn men — but the American Civil War starts and her world is turned upside down, and she has to survive. The slow part is a set-up of what she lives, before things change.

        Here’s an awesome preview of the movie. It will give you TEMPTATION, but the book is better, so ya know:

        • {My goodness, I was so excited before I saw that you said you didn’t know much about it, but missed the part about LIKING going into it blind. I hope I didn’t just ruin it for you by chattering! I didn’t spoil anything — just talked about what you’d see on the back of the book. But I usually respect the “I like going in blind” thing. SORRY!!!}

          • It’s no problem, actually you’ve intrigued me. Just saying it’s about the civil war or something probably wouldn’t have interested me, but knowing it’s actually about the growth of her character makes me want to read it!

          • Aw, duh! It didn’t show up in my notifications bar where I’ve been replying. The trailer you posted was much more compelling than the one I watched. I think I’m going to go get it right now :-) I’m sold!

          • YAY!!! I HOPE YOU LOVE IT!! {Sorry on the link. It put the video directly onto your comment box for me? Anyway, glad you found it!} :-)

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