Reading Classics

The other day my friend Kirsti published a post in which she promises to read 60 classics she has either never read before or a long, long time ago (a long time ago, we used to be friends but now… just kidding), in a bit under 5 years. I think this is a neat idea and as I’m someone who often jumps on other people’s bandwagons, I seize this opportunity. I won’t try to read 60 classics in that time period because I’m a slow reader but I know there are a LOT of classical books on my shelves, waiting for me to open them and so this is mostly an inventory of all the books I should read because I’ve owned them forever. Whoops.

Unlike Kirsti though, I won’t join the Classics Club because I don’t want to read a minimum of 50 classics. That sounds like a lot to me at this point. This is more of a challenge just for me because otherwise, I would probably never read these books (again). Also EFFORT. I will also close down the time frame which may sound stupid as I just said that I don’t want to put myself under that much pressure. 3 years should be more than enough for 25 books though so I have until 1.January 2017. Mostly, because making a five year commitment sounds crazy to me at this point. Three years, I can deal with much better.

I have already read a good chunck of so called classical literature but of course there are still tons more so here are the books I want to read in the next couple of years additionally to the newer one’s (not featured here) I will of course continue to read as well:

  1. Fyodor Dostoyevsky – The Idiot
  2. Bram Stoker – Dracula
  3. George Elliot – Middlemarch
  4. Lewis Caroll – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  5. Virginia Woolf – Mrs. Dalloway
  6. Mark Twain – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  7. Charles Dickens – Oliver Twist
  8. Franz Kafka – The Trial
  9. Cormac McCarthy – No Country for Old Men
  10. Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Love in the Time of Cholera
  11. The Brothers Grimm – Fairy Tales
  12. Milan Kundera – The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  13. Siegfried Lenz – The German Lesson
  14. Anne Bronte – Agnes Grey
  15. Charlotte Bronte – Shirley
  16. Jane Austen – Persuasion
  17. Max Frisch – Gantenbein
  18. John Steinbeck – Tortilla Flat
  19. Hermann Hesse – Beneath the Wheel
  20. F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby
  21. J.D. Salinger – The Catcher in the Rye
  22. Virginia Woolf – The Waves
  23. L.M. Mongomery – Anne of Green Gables
  24. Leo Tolstoy – War and Peace
  25. James Joyce – Dubliners

So that’s my list. Of course, I’ll be publishing reviews of all of them on this blog because that’s apparently what I do anyway. Okay then. Happy reading and cheers, fellow book nerds!

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  • Melbourne on my Mind

    I reread Oliver Twist recently and even though I adore Dickens, I really didn’t enjoy it. Oliver’s basically a little shit and half the story happens around him rather than to him. So I’ll be interested to see what you think of it!

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      When you already say that Oliver Twist isn’t your story then this doesn’t bode well for me since Dickens and me are far from pals. Will let you know how I feel about it ;)

      • Ashlea K.

        Guys, I hate Dickens so much. *hides*

        • Wilhelmina Upton

          No reason to hide from me. The books I read by him were dreadful in my opinion. Maybe my thoughts on David Copperfield are a bit off since I read it in English when my English still wasn’t that good and it took me FOREVER to get through it.

          • Ashlea K.

            I just NEVER could get into reading his books. I was always so bored. Oh well :)

          • Wilhelmina Upton

            Oliver Twist is the last one I own that I haven’t read yet and since even Kirsti didn’t enjoy it that much I don’t see this ending well. I yawned my way through Great Expectations in 2012 and ugh, I wish I hadn’t bought both books together. This is Dickens’ last chance with me.

        • Tim

          Seconded.

  • Tim

    So I was gone a week or so…did I miss the change over to the polka dots, or am I really not that observant?

    I’ve actually only read five of the books on your list of to reads. That said, I’ve always wanted to read The Idiot, and I own a copy of Tortilla Flat, so I could easily knock two more off that list if it were mine. Best of luck to you.

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      The change happened last Friday so you haven’t missed much I guess.

      I’ve read Tortilla Flat when I was in 10th grade but I hardly remember anything so it’s due for a re-read.

      • Tim

        I feel like I don’t get around to other blogs quite like I used to. Then again, working 55 hours in each of the last five weeks will do that.

        • Wilhelmina Upton

          Which is something I completely understand. I don’t make it to every post I would like to either.

  • cupitonians

    Thank you. I now have the Veronica Mars theme stuck in my head. <3 :D GOOOO Classics! Also, I wish I could challenge myself to this but I read classics every year. Comes with being a literature student I guess.

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      Well, I read them as well but not as much as I used to hence all those unread books I once bought with the plan to read them soon. *ahem*

      • cupitonians

        I’m sure you’ll do it, eventually. I’ve read 3/4th of the books on that list so I’m feeling pretty proud of myself and trying not to think of all the books you have read that are not in this genre. Woe is me!

        • Wilhelmina Upton

          There are some on this list I already read, like The Great Gatsby but it’s been almost 10 years and I don’t think I understood too much back in 10th grade about it.