Fat Books & Thin Women


Classics Project

I don’t generally go in for making lists of books, but something about Jillian’s new Classics Club (basically, a loose affiliation of bloggers aiming to read a certain number of classics in five or so years) is super, super appealing to me. Because, you know how many books (classics in particular) I’ve bought and NEVER read? How many times I’ve said, “I’ll start on the Henry James tomorrow…today I’ll start something by Sue Grafton”?

A lot. Way too many times! So, fifty books I plan to read by March 2017. I’ll post links to reviews as I write them. Books with an asterisk are rereads. Now, to see if I’m really ready to tackle In Search of Lost Time (well, part of it) and all those Russian authors I’ve been avoiding for…forever.

The Really Old Ones
Beowulf
Cervantes – Don Quixote
Chaucer – The Canterbury Tales

1800s
Dickens – David Copperfield (07/23/12)
Dickens – Great Expectations
Dostoevsky – Crime and Punishment
Dostoevsky – The Brothers Karamazov
George Eliot – Middlemarch
Elizabeth Gaskell – Cranford
Elizabeth Gaskell – North and South
Gogol – Dead Souls
Nathaniel Hawthorne – The House of Seven Gables
Henry James – The Portrait of a Lady
Tolstoy – War & Peace

1900s
Margaret Atwood – Alias Grace
James Baldwin – Go Tell it on the Mountain*
Mikhail Bulgakov – The Master and Margarita
Willa Cather – O Pioneers!
J.M. Coetzee – Waiting for the Barbarians
DeLillo – Underworld
Ralph Ellison – Invisible Man
Faulkner – The Sound and the Fury
E.M. Forster – Maurice
Joseph Heller – Catch-22
Hemingway – For Whom the Bell Tolls
Keri Hulme – The Bone People
John Irving – A Prayer for Owen Meany
Erica Jong – Fear of Flying
James Joyce – Ulysses
Kerouac – On the Road
Elmore Leonard – Get Shorty
Doris Lessing – The Golden Notebook
Thomas Mann – Buddenbrooks
Olivia Manning – The Levant Trilogy
W. Somerset Maugham – Of Human Bondage
W. Somerset Maugham – The Razor’s Edge
Toni Morrison – The Bluest Eye
Nabokov – Pale Fire*
Flannery O’Connor – Everything that Rises Must Converge
Proust – Swann’s Way
Proust – In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower
Proust – The Guermantes Way
Thomas Pynchon – Gravity’s Rainbow
Salman Rushdie – The Satanic Verses*
Carol Shields – The Stone Diaries
Muriel Spark – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Winifred Watson – Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Jeanette Winterson – Sexing the Cherry
David Foster Wallace – Infinite Jest*

The 2000s
Bolano – 2666

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Woot for taking on Ulysses! I’m pretty sure that one will make it to my list, too.

I’m excited you’ve joined in, Ellen. Welcome. :)

Comment by Jillian ♣

I am pretty sure Ulysses will be that book that I put off reading until the very end…it’s such a huge thing to tackle. Thanks again for setting this project up – I’m looking forward to finally getting started on these books!

Comment by Ellen Rhudy

I’ve got my eye on this copy, friends. I’m thinking Ulysses might be a year-long read for me. After I finish Homer. :)

Comment by Jillian ♣

Oooo… this is a really good list. I should have put The Canterbury Tales on mine–I forgot all about that one. Maybe I’ll add it later if it seems like I’m on track to accomplish my goal. I can’t wait to hear what you think about some of the others.

Comment by Heather

Ah! I should’ve added Middlemarch to my list… I was planning on reading that sometime this year anyway. Oh well.

Great stuff on your list – looks like a fun time to me!

Comment by Roof Beam Reader

You can add it! You don’t have to stick to what you list. You can edit your list throughout the event as what you’re pulled to read changes. :D

Comment by Jillian ♣

Proust and Joyce. You are an ambitious reader—or a glutton for punishment. I don’t know which since I’ve never had the desire to read either. But I do love Dickens and Dostoevsky, and I think you will like them, too.

Comment by semicolonsherry

Great list. I, too, have a lot of books on the shelves that still cry out to be read. I’ll be looking deeply into Flannery O’Connor in the next year so I’ll be checking your reviews. Great list and I see a few other books we have in common. Happy reading!

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