Classics Won't Kill You Challenge

Sometimes classics are just looked upon as dreadful things. A lot of readers hear the word classic and think that the read will be boring and tedious. But...there is a reason that they are called "classics". And I need to push myself to read them appreciate them more. So, this is part of the way I'm going about it.

A few of my lists push for reading classics, including my 1001 Books to Read Before You Die, the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge, and the Classics Spin. This is just one more way to get more of these books moved up on the TBR list.

Because believe it or not, Classics WON'T Kill You.

The goal is to read fifty classic novels in ten years. That's five classics a year. My classics spin challenge will get me four of those five, so I just need to squeeze in one more each year. Should be doable.

The challenge starts for me on June 1st, 2014 and ends on May 31st, 2024. It's a long one.

I'll be tracking my progress on this page in two ways...the always present progress meter and the 1-50 list. The list will have books added as they are finished, including titles, authors, and dates finished. If I do a review, they'll be hyperlinked to it.

And off we go!!

Classics Progress
41 / 50 read

1. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (July 2014)

2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (September 2014)

3. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (May 2015)

4. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton (July 2015)

5. Beowulf by Anonymous (September 2015)

6. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Anonymous (September 2015)

7. Othello by William Shakespeare (October 2015)

8. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (October 2015)

9. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (October 2015)

10. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole (December 2015)

11. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (April 2016)

12. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (February 2018)

13. The Princess Bride by William Goldman (March 2018)

14. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (April 2018)

15. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (June 2018)

16. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (October 2018)

17. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (October 2018)

18. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (February 2019)

19. The Crucible by Arthur Miller (March 2019)

20. The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum (May 2019)

21. Daisy Miller by Henry James (May 2019)

22. Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum (July 2019)

23. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (August 2019)

24. Animal Farm by George Orwell (August 2019)

25. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (September 2019)

26. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (September 2019)

27. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (November 2019)

28. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (November 2019)

29. The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White (November 2019)

30. Emma by Jane Austen (March 2020)

31. Candide by Voltaire (April 2020)

32. Price and Prejudice by Jane Austen (April 2020)

33. Mary Poppins by PL Travers (May 2020)

34. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (May 2020)

35. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (June 2020)

36. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter (November 2020)

37. Beloved by Toni Morrison (February 2021)

38. An Occurrence at the Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce (August 2021)

39. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle (August 2021)

40. Dracula by Bram Stoker (October 2021)

41. Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier (October 2021)

42. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (November 2021)

43. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (November 2021)

44. Emily of New Moon by LM Montgomery (November 2021)

45. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (November 2021)

46. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (November 2021)

47. Shane by Jack Schaefer (November 2021)

48. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (December 2021)

49. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (December 2021)



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