The Classic Club Challenge- 75 books in 5 years!

Classic Club is something I’ve been following since way before I started blogging, I’m talking years people, and I always wanted to join in. However my reading interests have always been excluded classics until more recently. I’m pretty new to reading classics so I’m really excited to read this really popular books.

If you’d like to participate in the classic club check it out here for more information

I’m really excited to give this challenge a go. I decided to try reading 75 books because I’m crazy like challenges and I totally think its doable. to accomplish my goal I have to read at least 15 classics each year. For my TBR I decided to pick books that were original published prior to the 1970s. For myself personally I want to focus on books prior to the 70s because I consider that as the beginning of “modern classics” However this might change in the future who knows. I’m also really excited to see how my TBR changes and grows as my reading taste and preferences change.

This list is organized by highest rating to lowest rating according to Goodreads.  I found this really interesting so I left it this way. My goal is to read 75 classics by 7/23/2022!

My List

  1. East of Eden- John Steinback
  2. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  3. Gone With the Wind- Margaret Mitchell
  4. Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen
  5. Anne of Green Gables- L.M. Mongomery
  6. War and Peace- Leo Tolstoy
  7. The Count of Monte Crisco- Alexandre Dumas
  8. Rebecca- Daphne Du Maurier
  9. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest- Ken Kesey
  10. Crime and Punishment- Fyodor Dostoyevky
  11. Les Miserables- Victor Hugo
  12. 1984- George Orwell
  13. The Secret Garden- Francis Hodgson Burnett
  14. Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte
  15. Peter Pan- J.M. Barrie
  16. A Room of One’s Own- Virginia Woolf
  17. The Once and Future King- T.H. White
  18. Wives and Daughters- Elizabeth Gaskell
  19. The Divine Comedy- Dante
  20. The Arabian Nights- Anonymous
  21. The Three Musketeers- Alexandre Dumas
  22. Slaughterhouse-Five-  Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  23. The Picture of Dorian Gray-  Oscar Wilde
  24. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Howard Pyle
  25. We Have Always Lived in the Castle- Shirley Jackson
  26. A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle
  27. Little Women Louisa May Alcott
  28. Anna KareninaLeo Tolstoy
  29. A Christmas CarolCharles Dickens
  30. Hamlet -William Shakespeare
  31. I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith

  32. The Trial- Franz Kafka

  33. Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger

  34. The Origin of Species- Charles Darwin

  35. Dracula- Bram Stoker

  36. A Clockwork Orange- Anthony Burgess

  37. The Bell Jar- Sylvia Plath

  38. The Phantom of the Opera- Gaston Leroux

  39. Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

  40. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame -Victor Hugo

  41. David Copperfield-Charles Dickens

  42. The Art of War Sun Tzu

  43. The Jungle Book-Rudyard Kipling

  44. Around the World in Eighty Days-Jules Verne

  45. The Republic- Plato

  46. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer-Mark Twain

  47. Tarzan of the Apes- Edgar Rice Burroughs

  48. Lolita- Vladimir Nabokov

  49. History of the Peloponnesian War-Thucydides

  50. Uncle Tom’s Cabin-Harriet Beecher Stowe

  51. The Call of the Wild-Jack London

  52. The Iliad- Homer

  53. Wuthering Heights-Emily Brontë

  54. Treasure Island- Robert Louis Stevenson

  55. The Taming of the Shrew-William Shakespeare

  56. A Tale of Two Cities- Charles Dickens

  57. The Aeneid-Virgil

  58. Paradise Lost- John Milton

  59. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde- Robert Louis Stevenson

  60. The Catcher in the Rye- J.D. Salinger

  61. Mrs. Dalloway- Virginia Woolf

  62. Tess of the D’Urbervilles- Thomas Hardy

  63. Vanity Fair- William Makepeace Thackeray

  64. Candide- Voltaire

  65. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow- Washington Irving

  66. Ulysses- James Joyce

  67. As I Lay Dying- William Faulkner

  68. Madame Bovary- Gustave Flaubert

  69. Lord of the Flies- William Golding

  70. The Epic of Gilgamesh-Anonymous

  71. Gulliver’s Travels- Jonathan Swift

  72. Death of a Salesman- Arthur Miller

  73. The Canterbury Tales- Geoffrey Chaucer

  74. Moby-Dick or, The Whale- Herman Melville

  75. The Scarlet Letter- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Any favorites on the list? Any favorites not on the list? I would love to hear your suggestions!

Top Ten Mangas, Comics, and Graphic Novels I want to read!

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish, and I decided to share my list with all of you also!

This week I am featuring 10 visual books I’m dying to read!

   

  1. Boxers by Gene Luen Yang
  2. The Backstagers by James Tynion IV
  3. Giant Days Vol. 5 by John Allison
  4. My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Kabi Nagata

      

  5. Chi’s Sweet Home by Kanata Konami
  6. The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

  7. The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún Vol. 1 by Nagabe, Adrienne Beck  

  8. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale

  9. Relish by Lucy Knisley
  10. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Weekly Wrap up 7/16/17

Weekly

This week I didn’t get a lot of reading done. I had a lot of things I had to accomplish like registering for school for myself and both of my sisters ( why in the middle of summer?) This was my weekend to work, as well as the basic constructions of my grandma’s new porch. This week I only managed to read and finish 1 book. This week I have been really indecisive in my reading and have a whole bunch of books I’ve barely started and of course I continued with War & Peace for the readlong and officially finished book 2!

What I read!

I also read about 130 pages of War and peace!

Weekly Stats
Books Read: 1
Pages: 446

What I Posted this Week

Weekly Wrap-up July 9th

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately

To Be Read Tag!

Diversity Spotlight #8

Next Week….

I didn’t get a whole bunch of posts scheduled so I’m going to work on that this week as well. The other thing I want to do is work on my reviewing format. Currently I haven’t posted many reviews because I’m not sure how I want to present them.

Currently Reading

TBR

 


How’d your reading week go? I would love to know!


Arya

Diversity Spotlight #8

Diversity

three electro  I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

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 Yossi, at seventeen, feels as though his homosexuality makes him less of a Jew. Living as he does in Melbourne’s Orthodox Jewish community, he has a lot to hide. When non-religious rebel Josh turns up at school, Yossi is asked to look after him, and while Yossi educates Josh on the ancient traditions of their race, Josh does some educating of his own. Through their relationship, Yossi learns to see the laws of Judaism in a very new light.

But when he and Josh are caught kissing in the bathhouse, Yossi’s life takes on a dramatic new turn, and he can ignore his new reality no longer.

For lovers of Melbourne, drama, and romance, and for anyone who remembers teenage or thwarted love, this is a page-turner

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 MEET KIRANMALA: INTERDIMENSIONAL DEMONSLAYER

(But she doesn’t know it yet.)

On the morning of her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala is just a regular sixth grader living in Parsippany, New Jersey… until her parents mysteriously vanish later that day and a rakkhosh demon slams through her kitchen, determined to eat her alive. Turns out there might be some truth to her parents’ fantastical stories—like how Kiranmala is a real Indian princess—and a wealth of secrets about her origin they’ve kept hidden.

To complicate matters, two crushworthy Indian princes ring her doorbell, insisting they’re here to rescue her. Suddenly, Kiran is swept into another dimension full of magic, winged horses, moving maps, and annoying, talking birds. There she must solve riddles and slay demons all while avoiding the Serpent King of the underworld (who may or may not want to kill her) and the rakkhosh queen (who definitely does) in order to find her parents and basically save New Jersey, her entire world, and everything beyond it…

To Be Read Tag!

This tag has been around for years but I haven’t done it yet so I’m really excited to give it a go! I also think its going to make me evaluate my TBR which is always a good thing!

HOW DO YOU KEEP TRACK OF YOUR TBR PILE?

I used to keep a notebook with all the books I wanted to read before I joined Goodreads years ago. Now I mostly use Goodreads. However I’m not very good at looking at my TBR and just pick up books and read them instead of reading from my TBR.

IS YOUR TBR MOSTLY PRINT OR EBOOK?

My TBR are mostly books I do not own. I use it to keep track of the books I would like to read and do not own. My physical TBR usually stays under 10 books excluding ebooks and classics

HOW DO YOU DETERMINE WHICH BOOK FROM YOUR TBR TO READ NEXT?

I’m a mood reader so I usually go to the library and browse and pick out what sounds good to me at the time. I usually check out about 10 books from the library from different genres and pick and choice what to read from there. I’ve been better at checking my goodreads though for books and actually reading them.

 A BOOK THAT’S BEEN ON YOUR TBR LIST THE LONGEST?

I think this is the oldest book on my TBR. This is the my second goodreads account so it got a little bit  jumbled when I transferred all of my TBR over. I’m still pretty excited to give it a read. I’ve heard great things.

A BOOK THAT YOU RECENTLY ADDED TO YOUR TBR PILE?

I’ve been wanting to read thid book for years but I recently added it to my TBR thinking seeing it on my TBR would make me actually read it.

A BOOK ON YOUR TBR STRICTLY BECAUSE OF ITS BEAUTIFUL COVER.

I don’t add books to my TBR just because of the cover but I do read the descrption of books with pretty covers and then add them to my TBR. So I picked a book that has a really great cover.

A BOOK ON YOUR TBR THAT YOU NEVER PLAN ON ACTUALLY READING.

 

I constantly clean my TBR so I don’t have any books that I don’t plan to read on my TBR

 AN UNPUBLISHED BOOK ON YOUR TBR THAT YOU’RE EXCITED FOR.

This one comes out next month and I have an ARC copy of this so I’m really excited to read this one soon.

A BOOK ON YOUR TBR THAT BASICALLY EVERYONE HAS READ EXCEPT YOU.

Eeek I’m horrble at reading books that are popular so I have a lot of them on my TBR. I picked this one because I really want to read this one really soon. This book has half a million reviews on Goodreads!

A BOOK ON YOUR TBR THAT EVERYONE RECOMMENDS TO YOU.

Most of my friends from back home have read this book and love it! a lot of them don’t consider themselves as reader so I’m really interested to see why they love this book so much.

A BOOK ON YOUR TBR THAT YOU’RE DYING TO READ.

I’ve read a few of Victoria Schwab’s books before but I’m really looking forward to read the ones I haven’t and this is the next one  I plan to read.

THE NUMBER OF BOOKS ON YOUR GOODREADS TBR SHELF?

Currently I have 215 books on my TBR. I actually just cleaned off my TBR so I’m really happy with that number.


 

 WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BOOKS ON YOUR GOODREADS TBR SHELF?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately

I’ve been wanting to join in Top Ten Tuesday since before I was blogging. t is one of my favorite posts to read and it always looks like a  lot of fun! However, the people over at Broke and the Bookish are taking a break and won’t be back until August 15th. So I decided to go through some of the past TTT posts to get in the groove!


 

1} Bad Romance By Heather Demetrios

Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape. 

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.

 

I’ve heard a lot of really interesting things about this book. It deals with a lot of hard topics and I’m really interested to see how it handles them. I’ve read one other book by Heather Demetrios before and I really enjoyed it and I’ve been meaning to get my hands on another of her books. I’ve heard its a tough book due to the subject matters so it might be on my TBR for a while until I can get in the right mindset for this.

 2) Between the World and Me by Ta-nehisi Coates

In a series of essays, written as a letter to his son, Coates confronts the notion of race in America and how it has shaped American history, many times at the cost of black bodies and lives. Thoughtfully exploring personal and historical events, from his time at Howard University to the Civil War, the author poignantly asks and attempts to answer difficult questions that plague modern society. In this short memoir, the “Atlantic” writer explains that the tragic examples of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and those killed in South Carolina are the results of a systematically constructed and maintained assault to black people–a structure that includes slavery, mass incarceration, and police brutality as part of its foundation. From his passionate and deliberate breakdown of the concept of race itself to the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement, Coates powerfully sums up the terrible history of the subjugation of black people in the United States. A timely work, this title will resonate with all teens–those who have experienced racism as well as those who have followed the recent news coverage on violence against people of color. 

I’ve heard great things about this collection and I’m really excited to read this. I’ve heard the audiobook of this is especially good.

 

3)When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor making a living treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. Just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air, which features a Foreword by Dr. Abraham Verghese and an Epilogue by Kalanithi’s wife, Lucy, chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a young neurosurgeon at Stanford, guiding patients toward a deeper understanding of death and illness, and finally into a patient and a new father to a baby girl, confronting his own mortality.
What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.
Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. “I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything,” he wrote. “Seven words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head: ‘I can’t go on. I’ll go on.’” When Breath Becomes Air is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.

I’ve heard tons about this book but after watching some booktubers talk about the Wellcome book prize I’ve been wanting to read this and the other nominees! Its rated very high among my friends on Goodreads!

 

 4)War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace broadly focuses on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the most well-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves his family behind to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman who intrigues both men.

A s Napoleon’s army invades, Tolstoy brilliantly follows characters from diverse backgrounds—peasants and nobility, civilians and soldiers—as they struggle with the problems unique to their era, their history, and their culture. And as the novel progresses, these characters transcend their specificity, becoming some of the most moving—and human—figures in world literature.

This one I am actually currently reading fir a readalong but I had just added it to my TBR before it started so I’m going to count this one as well. I actually know little to nothing about this book but I really interested in reading Russian literature.

 5) The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she works. I don’t know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will.

One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life. 

When Colin decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota instead of delivering her to his employers, Mia’s mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them. But no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family’s world to shatter.

I’ve been wanting to explore books in the thriller/ suspense I haven’t read many but I’ve heard good things about this one so I’m going to give it a go! IF you gave any recs for thriller/suspense let me know please! 🙂

 6)Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, a sixteen year old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic — the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church’s halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires.

Revenge

I’ve heard mixed things on this book. Some of my friends loved it and others couldn’t manage to finish. I’m currently in a huge fantasy kick right now so it is really appealing to me!

 

7)The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch combines vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

I’ve actually added two books by Donna Tartt to my TBR this being one of them both premises really interest me and I’m not sure which I will get to first but they both sound really interesting and I’m excited to finally read them.

 

8) Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice

I’ve the very beginning of this book at random awhile back and it has been on  my mind since. I’m really curious to see how it concludes. I’ve heard great things and its also been nominated for a ton of awards!

 

 9) His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

A brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish farming community in 1869 leads to the arrest of seventeen-year-old Roderick Macrae. There is no question that Macrae committed this terrible act. What would lead such a shy and intelligent boy down this bloody path? Will he hang for his crime?

Presented as a collection of documents discovered by the author, His Bloody Project opens with a series of police statements taken from the villagers of Culdie, Ross-shire. They offer conflicting impressions of the accused; one interviewee recalls Macrae as a gentle and quiet child, while another details him as evil and wicked. Chief among the papers is Roderick Macrae’s own memoirs, where he outlines the series of events leading up to the murder in eloquent and affectless prose. There follow medical reports, psychological evaluations, a courtroom transcript from the trial, and other documents that throw both Macrae’s motive and his sanity into question. Graeme Macrae Burnet’s multilayered narrative will keep the reader guessing to the very end.

I’ve started this book before but it was due at the library so I never finished. I read all of the interviews but never made it to the 2nd part. I’m really curious to see Macrae’s testimony.

 

 10) Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

A vibrant, food-themed memoir from beloved indie cartoonist Lucy Knisley.

Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe—many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy’s original inventions.

A welcome read for anyone who ever felt more passion for a sandwich than is strictly speaking proper, Relish is a book for our time: it invites the reader to celebrate food as a connection to our bodies and a connection to the earth, rather than an enemy, a compulsion, or a consumer product.

I’ve heard a lot of love for this author. I love graphic works and I love memoirs so I am really excited to give her a go. This is the first of her works so I decided to start here.

It was really fun making this list! I never really think about what I add to my TBR so seeing it like this is really interesting. I actually just left this post and added all the books I randomly added to my TBR all of last week. It was a really intersting process!


What books have you recently added to your TBR?

Weekly Wrap-up July 9th

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This week was a whirlwind. I am on a mini vacation from work so I could go with my mom to take my sister to her doctor appointment in Chicago. Since my mom, sister, and my birthday are in July we decided to make it a mini vacation celebrate are birthdays. I still have one more day and appointments galore tomorrow so I’m hoping to get a lot of reading done in between dr. appointments.

On to the books….

What I read this week!

   

This week I also started reading war and peace and I’ve read 128 pgs of that as well!

Weekly Stats
Books Read: 4
Pages: 1,182

What I Posted this Week

Weekly Wrap up July 2nd

Reading problems tag

War and Peace Newbie Tag

Diversity Spotlight #7

Rory Gilmore Challenge

Next Week….

I go back to work on Tuesday but I’m hoping to still get a lot of reading done during the week. I’ve got all of my posts scheduled for the upcoming week so I’m really hoping to get a little bit ahead on my posts this week.

TBR

   


How’d your reading week go? What are you planning on reading next?

Arya