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. Montgomery – 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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