December 3, 2014

The Classics Club: A Confessional Post

The Classics Club

I was just visiting JoAnn's blog, Lakeside Musing, and was reminded by one of her posts that I had (once upon a time) joined The Classics Club. On March 16, 2012 to be exact. Have I read any books from that list? No. Did I even remember that I had made this commitment? Obviously not or I wouldn't be writing this confessional post. Sooo ...

I have until March 2017 to read through my list. At this point I will be pleased to read at least some of the wonderful classics from this list. I've been terribly neglectful at reading classics lately. I've also been terribly neglectful of my blog and my BookTube (YouTube) channel. While I find it difficult to do all that is required to make videos about my reading and books (prepping, set up, editing, uploading, etc.), there is really no reason for me not to blog. I like writing! I should be writing! Sooo ...

I will try to do two things in the coming year (2015):
  1. Read some of the books from my Classics Club list
  2. Write and post to my blogs (I still maintain Tip of the Iceberg which is meant to be personal essays)
I could use all of the encouragement y'all can send my way. I am VERY out of practice and disconnected from blogging.


  1. Alcott, Louisa May - Little Women (reread)
  2. Arabian Nights, The (trans. Muhsin Mahdi)
  3. Ariosto, Ludovico - Orlando Furioso
  4. Austen, Jane - Sense and Sensibility
  5. Barnes, Julian - Flaubert's Parrott
  6. Beowulf (trans. Seamus Heaney)
  7. Bradley, Marion Zimmer - The Mists of Avalon (reread)
  8. Bronte, Anne - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  9. Bulgakov, Mikhail - The Master and Margarita (reread)
  10. Burnett, Frances Hodgson - The Secret Garden
  11. Campbell, Joseph - The Hero with a Thousand Faces (reread)
  12. de Cervantes, Miguel - Don Quixote
  13. Cheever, John - Oh What a Paradise It Seems
  14. Colette - Cheri
  15. Collins, Wilkie - The Haunted Hotel
  16. Collins, Wilkie - Miss or Mrs?
  17. Dickens, Charles - Great Expectations
  18. Dickens, Charles - David Copperfield (reread)
  19. Dickens, Charles - A Tale of Two Cities
  20. Dostoyevsky, Fyodor - The Brothers Karamazov (trans. Pevear & Volokhonsky)
  21. Durrell, Lawrence - Justine (Alexandria Quartet)
  22. Durrell, Lawrence - Balthazar (Alexandria Quartet)
  23. Durrell, Lawrence - Mountolive (Alexandria Quartet)
  24. Durrell, Lawrence - Clea (Alexandria Quartet)
  25. Forster, E.M. - Howard's End
  26. Forster, E.M. - The Longest Journey
  27. Forster, E.M. - A Passage to India (reread)
  28. Forster, E.M. - Where Angels Fear to Tread (reread)
  29. Gaskell, Elizabeth - Cranford
  30. Gaskell, Elizabeth - North and South
  31. Hardy, Thomas - The Mayor of Casterbridge
  32. Homer - The Odyssey (reread)
  33. Hugo, Victor - Les Miserables
  34. Mitchell, Margaret - Gone With the Wind
  35. Polidori, John - The Vampyre
  36. Radcliffe, Anne - The Mysteries of Udolpho
  37. Spenser, Edmund - The Faeire Queene
  38. Stendhal - The Red and the Black
  39. Stevenson, Robert Louis - Treasure Island
  40. Thackeray, William Makepeace - Vanity Fair
  41. Tolstoy, Leo - Anna Karenina (trans. Pevear & Volokhonsky) (reread)
  42. Trollope, Anthony - Barchester Towers
  43. Trollope, Anthony - The Warden
  44. Twain, Mark - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  45. Verne, Jules - Journey to the Centre of the Earth
  46. Virgil - The Aeneid (reread)
  47. Wharton, Edith - The Age of Innocence
  48. Wharton, Edith - Ethan Frome
  49. Woolff, Virginia - Mrs. Dalloway
  50. Woolff, Virginia - A Room of One's Own (reread)


  1. Hooray for classics! I'd forgotten that you joined the club, but just love your list. There are several here I've read in the last couple of years (North and South, Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Vanity Fair, and The Age of Innocence) and quite a few others that I plan to read before 2017. Any idea where you'll start?

    1. I'm hoping to start with a reread of Little Women this month. It seems like a good December/Christmas read!

  2. I just realized that I HAVE read one of the books on my list! I read Ethan Frome earlier this year. Whew!

  3. I feel I could have written this post (as I often do with you, Terri, we have a certain simpatico). Apparently I signed up for the Classics Club, too, once upon a time, and while I've read many I doubt it's even half of my list. Here's to you and I moving forward. xo

    1. Yes, we do seem to have much in common. I created a link in my header that goes to my Classics Club page. I'm hoping this will hold me accountable or at least remind me I'm doing this! I'll go take a look at your list. We can do this :)

  4. You should start with Sense & Sensibility! :-)

    1. I am looking forward to this one! It is way past time for me to read some Austen :)