Category: Challenges

Review of my Classics Club List

Hi everyone, this post is just to formalise what I have been thinking about recently.  It has been almost a year since I joined The Classics Club and wrote my list of 60 books to read in 5 years.  Since then, I have read 11 out of those 60 and it seems the right kind of time to do a small review of my list.  If any of you don’t know what The Classics Club is, then the blog devoted to it is here.

I don’t like the idea of crossing books off the list before I’ve even tried them, so I have decided to add in some more books as ‘alternatives’.  What I mean is, I have to try to read 60 books within 5 years as normal, but they can be any 60 out of my list, so that I don’t have to read every single book I chose last year if there are some that are too daunting or I just don’t fancy.

I came up with these books usually due to buying them and realising they weren’t on the original list or just because they have cropped up as something I want to read.  Here they are:

Alternative Classics Club Books:

  1. Charlotte Brontë – Shirley
  2. Charles Dickens – Dombey and Son
  3. Charles Dickens – The Pickwick Papers
  4. Stella Gibbons – Conference at Cold Comfort Farm
  5. William Shakespeare – Richard III
  6. William Shakespeare – Two Gentlemen of Verona
  7. Anthony Trollope – The Warden

I bought Shirley in the new PEL editions, not realising it wasn’t on my list; I saw Dombey and Son as a musical-ish version in Bristol and enjoyed it so I wanted to read it; a friend gave me The Pickwick Papers; I enjoyed Cold Comfort Farm and wanted to read something else by Gibbons; I am seeing Richard III and Two Gentlemen of Verona in Bristol in the next few months so I wanted to read them before; I randomly bought The Warden.

Now, I am not saying that this will be my only review of my Classics Club list, as in a year’s time I will probably have a few more books to add on.  For example, if I enjoy The Warden, I am likely to add in more Trollope books and the Shakespeare plays I see next year will probably determine some more to read for that.  I am still really enjoying being part of The Classics Club, as it is a real community and gives a lot of structure and direction to the otherwise enormous and overwhelming number of books we want to read in out lives.

Is anyone else thinking of having a review of their list?  Let me know!

The Literary Classics Reading Challenge

Here are the challenge details:

  • Choose how many classics you want to read in a year
  • List them on your blog
  • Link up here
  • Check in, win prizes, enjoy your reading!

These are my books for this challenge:

  1. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens (Finished 22/06/12)
  2. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee (Finished 20/07/12)
  3. Dracula – Bram Stoker (Finished 25/08/12)
  4. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons (Finished 26/07/12)
  5. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  6. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier (Finished 27/06/13)
  7. Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare
  8. Villette – Charlotte Bronte (Finished 06/01/13)
  9. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Finished 27/03/13)
  10. Suite Française – Irène Némirovsky
  11. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (Finished 21/03/13)
  12. 1984 – George Orwell (Finished 28/05/13)
  13. The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot
  14. Macbeth – William Shakespeare (Finished 30/10/12)
  15. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

The Classics Club

Jilian is hosting a long-term challenge called The Classics Club (see here for more information) and I am excited to announce my participation!


The idea is to unite all bloggers who are passionate about classics and make reading and discussing classics easier and more fun.  Every participant has to list at least 50 books at their blog, set a date to finish them all by and blog about them as they go.


Here are the basic details:

  • choose 50+ classics
  • list them at your blog
  • choose a reading completion goal date up to five years in the future and note that date on your classics list of 50+ titles
  • write about each title on your list as you finish reading it, and link it to your main list


You can access my list of 60 classics here. I have decided to read 60 classics in 5 years (which averages at 1 every month).   I am really excited to get going and a huge thanks to Jilian for organising such a brilliant challenge.

Victorian Challenge 2012

I am very excited about participating in my first reading challenge – the Victorian Challenge 2012 hosted by Laura’s Reviews

These are the rules:

Challenge Details

1. The Victorian Challenge 2012 will run from January 1st to December 31st, 2012. You can post a review before this date if you wish.

2. You can read a book, watch a movie, or listen to an audiobook, anything Victorian related that you would like. Reading, watching, or listening to a favorite Victorian related item again for the second, third, or more time is also allowed. You can also share items with other challenges.

3. The goal will be to read, watch, listen, to 2 to 6 (or beyond) anything Victorian items.

Although I do intend to watch the modern films of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, my main aim for this challenge is to tackle some Victorian literature.

These are the books I plan to read:

1. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens (Finished 09/03/12)

2. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte (Finished 04/04/12)

3. Dracula – Bram Stoker (Finished 25/08/12)

4. Middlemarch – George Eliot

5. Villette – Charlotte Bronte

6. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens (Finished 22/06/12)

I think this list touches on some of the key Victorian authors and will be challenging but feasible and I can’t wait to finish David Copperfield so I can cross the first book off my list.