Joining The Classics Club!

So, needless to say, a bunch of the classics-oriented blogs I read have been all a-buzz lately with the new Classics Club that’s being hosted by Jillian at A Room of One’s Own (one of my new absolute favorite blogs) and, after looking at what the club is trying to accomplish, and the kind of wonderful people who seem more than ready to jump on board, I couldn’t help but start to fantasize about what my own list would look like if I decided to join as well!

The most beautiful part of the Classics Club is that this isn’t really a challenge so much as a community committing to a much more general goal of reading the classics in general. Here are the basics of the club, as Jillian lays them out:

At your own blog, list 50, 100, or 200 (or more, if you’re so inclined) classics that most interest/scare/excite you, alongside your goal date for finishing this list. You can either make a straight list of titles (what I’ll be doing), or explain next to each title why you’ve chosen it. You could also explain a few of your chosen titles, but leave the others explanation-free. It’s up to you.

The goal? To read every classic on your list at your blog, and write about each one at your blog. Each time you write about a classic from your list, hyperlink the discussion post at the main classics list on your blog (The one you will link here to join.)

The outcome? We’ll end up with a big giant feed here where people have linked to lists of classics that will then be linked to their personal discussion of every classic on their list. This will make finding fellow classics bloggers easier. And? It will be fun.

Levels: I’m not going to divide out the project by levels, but when you make up your initial list, keep in mind that YOU set your own goal date (five years from the date you start being the latest date you should probably set, to keep the project manageable.) You can choose to read 50, 100, or 200 books (or more). This is YOUR dream list, so please don’t worry about following some kind of prescribed set of instructions as you choose your books. If you’re not sure if it counts, and it’s an old book (not published within the last twenty-five years*) and you want to read it, go for it.

So I think that this will be yet another fantastic community to help support and to gain support from on this journey through the classics of mine! I also love how free this set-up is in structure, because it’s the perfect avenue to devote some time to the other ‘classics’ that I was going to have to put aside for the next few years: classic children’s literature. So here’s the plan. I’m still going to read the original 150 books that I set out to read as a part of this project. However, I have also put together a list of the 100 greatest children/young adult literature books (as combined from almost every list I could find on the internet, as well as some personal favorites I’ve been wanting to revisit lately). I’m giving myself the two years I always planned on using for my first 150 titles, but with the addition of the young adult books, I’m extending my deadline to December 31st, 2015, which will be a little over three years for 250 books, 100 of which are young adult/children’s titles. I think that should be a manageable goal, as of now, but of course one never knows what life holds, so I fully reserve the right to change that date whenever I see fit! My list 100 titles in listed below, and the full combines list of all the titles can be found on my Classics Club page! I can’t wait to get started on this leg of a growing, changing, and exciting project!

  1. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  2. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  3. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
  4. The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
  5. Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  6. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  7. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  8. The BFG by Roald Dahl
  9. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  10. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  11. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  12. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  13. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  14. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  15. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  17. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  18. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  19. The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  20. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snickett
  21. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  22. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  23. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  24. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  25. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  26. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
  27. Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  28. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  29. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  30. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  31. White Fang by Jack London
  32. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  33. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  34. Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  35. Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  36. Emily of New Moon by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  37. Emily Climbs by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  38. Emily’s Quest by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  39. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  40. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  41. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  42. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  43. On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  44. By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  45. The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  46. Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  47. These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  48. The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  49. Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie
  50. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  51. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  52. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  53. Marry Poppins by Pamela L. Travers
  54. Stuart Little by E.B. White
  55. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  56. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
  57. Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott
  58. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emma Orczy
  59. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  60. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L Konigsburg
  61. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  62. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
  63. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  64. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  65. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
  66. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
  67. Feed by M.T. Anderson
  68. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
  69. That Summer by Sarah Dessen
  70. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
  71. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  72. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  73. “Crank” by Ellen Hopkins
  74. Redwall by Brian Jacques
  75. Mattimeo by Brian Jacques
  76. Sloppy Firsts  by Megan McCafferty
  77. Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty
  78. Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty
  79. Fourth Comings by Megan McCafferty
  80. Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty
  81. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  82. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
  83. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  84. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  85. The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
  86. The Golem’s Eye by Jonathan Stroud
  87. Ptolemy’s Gate by Jonathan Stroud
  88. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  89. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  90. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  91. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  92. Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  93. Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones
  94. Boy Meets Boy by David Leviathan
  95. The Book Thief by Markuz Zusak
  96. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  97. Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred Taylor
  98. Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks
  99. Holes by Louis Sachar
  100. Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block