I saw Sherry’s post about The Classics Club at A Room of One’s Own, a challenge to read and blog about fifty (or more!) works of classic literature in the next five years. Since I’m a sucker for a reading challenge, I thought to myself, why not? I like having a focus to my reading, and while I don’t have a great track record for actually following through on my plans to read high-brow literature, maybe this will help me. I’m limiting myself to fifty-ish books in hopes that I can actually read ten a year, and I’m also including classic children’s literature because it is my first love.
Alcott, Louisa May. Little Men.
Alexander, Lloyd. The Book of Three.
Austen, Jane. Emma.
Blyton, Enid. Anything I can get my hands on by her.
Brontë, Anne. Agnes Grey.
Brontë, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. This will be a re-read of my favorite required novel from high school.
Brontë, Emily. Wuthering Heights. I remember not caring for this much when I read it as a teen. I want to see if my opinions or tastes have changed.
Burnett, Frances Hodgson. A Little Princess.
Cather, Willa. O Pioneers! I think this is a re-read, but maybe I’m mistaking reading the novel for watching the movie.
Cooper, Susan. The Dark Is Rising.
Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations. I was required to read it in the ninth grade, a task which I did rather joylessly (and took a daily quiz over five chapters!), and I’m sure I missed a lot.
—. A Christmas Carol. It also happens to be December’s Reading to Know Bookclub pick.
Enright, Elizabeth. The Saturdays.
Estes, Eleanor. The Moffats.
Forbes, Esther. Johnny Tremain.
Gaskell, Elizabeth. Cranford.
George, Jean Craighead. Julie of the Wolves.
Goudge, Elizabeth. The Little White Horse.
Hugo, Victor. Les Miserables. I tried to read it a few years ago, but I failed. This time I think I’ll go with an abridgement.
Jewett, Sarah Orne. The Country of the Pointed Firs. I read something by Jewett in a graduate English class I took several years ago (maybe A Country Doctor), and I liked it. I enjoy Regionalism, so I’m going to read what some consider to be her best work.
Juster, Norton. The Phantom Tollbooth.
Keller, Helen. The Story of My Life.
L’Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time. Re-read, but it has been about 25 years since the first time I read it.
Lindbergh, Anne Morrow. Gift from the Sea.
MacDonald, George. The Light Princess. We listened to the audiobook of this several years ago, and I really enjoyed it. I want to read it myself.
—. The Princess and the Goblin.
Meids, Cornelia. Invincible Louisa.
Norton, Mary. The Borrowers.
O’Brien, Robert C. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.
O’Dell, Scott. Island of the Blue Dolphins.
Orczy, Baroness. The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Porter, Gene Stratton. Freckles.
Ransome, Arthur. Swallows and Amazons.
Richter, Conrad. The Light in the Forest.
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
de Saint-Exupéry, Antoine. The Little Prince.
Sayers, Dorothy. One of her mysteries.
Smith, Betty. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
Smith, Dodie. I Capture the Castle.
—. Smith, Dodie. The One Hundred and One Dalmatians.
Streatfeild, Noel. Ballet Shoes.
Taylor, Sydney. All-of-a-Kind Family.
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
—. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It’s May’s Reading to Know Bookclub pick, and I’m the hostess.
—. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.
—. The Prince and the Pauper.
Wharton, Edith. The Age of Innocence. Re-read.
—. The House of Mirth.
Wodehouse, P.G. A Jeeves and Wooster novel. (I’m reading one now. Is that cheating?)
Wyss, Johann David. The Swiss Family Robinson.
I’ll stop there, although I could go on. My list is mostly off the top of my head (well, not exactly–it took a little research, but you know what I mean), though I did take some titles off this Top 100 Children’s Novels list and the Newbery list. Thankfully, the originator of this challenge leaves the term classic to be defined by the participant. I hope I can mark almost everything off this list by the end of April 2017. 🙂
What would you add to my list?