Stepping Back into the Folds of Time | tCC | Revised: August 2018

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A Self-Directed / Self-Motivating

50+ Book Challenge
over a 5-Year Expanse!

Why Jorie is Joining: On the level of science fiction and fantasy literature alone, I could spend hours explaining my fascination with other worlds similar to ours but with rules of their own, where fantastical creatures and unique humanoid-like beings take shape right before your very eyes, encasing you in a time and place completely foreign and yet resoundingly familiar! I started to dig deeper into sci-fi and {high} fantasy at the age of seventeen when I joined the Science Fiction Book Club, which was a wicked mail-order club of hardback volumes of the sci-fi universe! I left shortly after the 2000s began due to noticing a lack of quality in the publications and an overall unease amongst other members. Since then, I’ve floundered to even know where to begin OR what to do next! I knew

I wanted to include the grandfathers and grandmothers of this particular genre in my classics challenge because it’s taken me the same amount of years {if not a wee bit more!} to get back into a genre that fascinated me at s

uch a young age!

Augmenting out of science fiction, the centuries of fiction which hold my attention and heart the most are the 18th and 19th; in which, I find such a hearty plethora of choices, my heart nearly hitches with excitement each time I ‘uncover!’ a new author to pursue! A long appreciation of Shakespeare has given me a winking of a nod to include the fabled Bard in my list, as not only to re-examine the works of his I have previously read but to carry-on forward into the ones I have yet to settle into next! The largest section (by far!) will be Magical Realism which was inspired by my impressions of The Golem and the Jinni. This is a list which has been cleverly curated for half an eon, and is now ready to be read by a dedicated reader with a heightened sense of joy during the discovery of each story contained herein!

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Specifics and Goals:

The Classics Club badge by Jorie of Jorie Loves A Story

Beginning 5 January 2014 and concluding 5 January 2019

*note: August, 2018 I asked if I could re-set my list to the following:

6th August, 2018 to 6th August, 2023 rather than wait the five months til January, 2019

NEW dates confirmed: 27th August, 2018!

{Submitted my tCC list on the 2nd January, 2014. Officially accepted within seconds! Received a warm welcome note via my Contact Form below, too! (added to the Members List under “J”) Johanna of JoJo Engineering Blog is listed ahead of me (concluding her list in 2016) whereas Carol of Journey-and-Destination is listed below me (concluding in 2018)!! Posted my Introduction to the Clubbers (Comment #352!) and sent out a #ccintroductions tweet!}

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Borrow the books I do not yet own, read the books I have gathered on my own over the years, and purchase the ones I borrow that made a lasting impression on me to be added into my personal library

Randomly select books off my Master List to read

Read other Clubbers blogs to see which books they’re engaged in

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Participate in Club Memes, Sync Reads, and other Events

tCC Check-in Posts/Comments:

Drafts of Classic Reviews Unfinished: [as of August, 2018]

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

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# of Books to Absorb: {as writ at the beginning} (including plays/sonnets) 369!

# of Books to Absorb: (same perimeters but AFTER I revised the List)

# of Authors Present: {as writ at the beginning}

# of Authors Present: (post-revision)

# of Pages Consumed: {as writ at the ending}

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Jorie :

The Classics Club

Challenge ‘Master List’

Key: tCC1 refers to 2014-2019 | tCC2 refers to 2018-2023

Revised: August, 2018

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Similar to my Children’s Lit Page, the links behind the authors’ names will re-direct you to a site about them, whereas the link behind the titles will re-direct you to my review and post about the books as I read them! This is an ever-evolving list throughout the duration of the reading challenge! IF I choose to switch-out OR exchange a title outright for another, a notation will be marked next to the original!

I am finding opportunities to read after canon pieces of literature whilst being a blog tour hostess, and you will find those reviews & ruminations listed under the sub-heading of after canons listed on my Story Vault. I welcome comments on those posts as much as on the ones that will be archived here.

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After I revised this selection of #Classics I want to read before my first deadline arrives as a Clubber, I decided to alter how I’m reading the Classics! Thereby, if you see (*audioS) it infers I’ve found a copy of the story via Scribd – wherein I shall be enjoying reading that particular selection on *audiobook!* I’m attempting to root out the ‘unabridged’ versions and if in fact, I made an error and found an abridged copy of the story I’m seeking, I’ll amend it as I reach the story on my List be read/heard.

Note: The areas marked ‘Witholding’ are titles I am pruning off my List of what I wish to read before my first five years conclude in [2019]!

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Science & Philosophy:

*There are other titles escaping my memory at the moment!

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→ Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott (1884) {+/PL}

(originally read ahead of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’; this will be a re-read!)

(*audioS) narrated by: James Langton (Tandor Media)

→ Essays and Poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson {+/PL}

↓ Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson (*audioS) narrated by: Phil Panonessa (Dreamscapes)

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Withholding:

→ Marcus Aurelius: Mediations {PL} (only partially read)

→ The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (1859) {RIC:)

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Letters and Correspondences:

*Dearly hope to expand this section!

→ Selected Letters by Jane Austen

The Letters of Jane Austen (*audioS) narrated by Fiona Shaw

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Withholding:

→ The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald {PL}

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Poetry, Short Stories, and Plays:

*Seriously need to expand  my knowledge of this section!

→ John Keats: Poems | *tragically died at 25

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Douglas Hodge, by Highbridge Audio

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Richard Mitchley and Ghizela Rowe, by The Copyright Group Audio

→ Emily Dickerson: Poems

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Teresa Gallagher, by Naxos Audiobooks

→ Alfred Lord Tennyson: Poems

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Michael Pennington, by Naxos Audiobooks

→ Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Poems

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Ghizela Rowe, by The Copyright Group Audio

→ Robert Browning: Poems

↔ (*audioS) narrated by David Timson and Patience Tomlinson, by Naxos Audiobooks

→ William Butler Yeats: Poems

↔ (*audioS) narrated by T.P. McKenna, by HighBridge Audio

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Withholding:

→ Samuel Taylor Coldridge: Poems {PL}

→ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poems

→ Khalil Gibran: Poems

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→ tCC1 The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton (by) Edith Wharton

↓ (added to my tCC during #OTBHorrorOctober 2014)(read 10.2014)

↔ Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton (*audioS) narrated by Librivox (added: 21.Aug.18)

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Specifically Shakespeare:

(lovely blue box of portable Shakespeare volumes!)

⇒ after which I shall be seeking ‘after canons’ of which I am most enthused to read!

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→ MacBeth by William Shakespeare {PL}

↓ (*audio) (via Librivox Public Domain Audiobooks) | *shared selective thoughts

↔ tCC1 (after canon/retell) The Invisible Hand by James Hartley

→ Sonnets by William Shakespeare {PL}

↔ (*audioS) narrated by full cast and David Tennant, by Naxos Audiobooks ⇒ added to Scribd 16.Sept.18

→ Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare {PL}

→ Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare {PL}

↔ (*audioS) narrated by L.A. Theater Works and full cast

→ The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare {PL}

→ The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare {PL}

→ Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare {PL}

→ A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare {PL}

↔ (*audioS) narrated by L.A. Theater Works with full cast

→ All’s Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare {PL}

→ Anthony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare {PL}

→ As You Like It by William Shakespeare {PL}

↔ (*audioS) narrated by L.A. Theater Works with full cast

→ Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare {PL}

→ Love’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare {PL}

→ The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare {PL}

→ The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare {PL}

→ Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare {PL}

→ The Tempest by William Shakespeare {PL}

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Magical Realism:

ALL selections taken from a referenced post on the subject!

This particular section is one which seeks to find ‘newer’ works of literature which befit the title of a ‘classical work’ by a particular author, style and narrative voice. Whether or not they officially qualify I am uncertain but I was seeking to better understand this niche of literature and decided to keep them inclusive to my readerly goals within #theclassicsclub.

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë  (see 19th Century section!)

A Great and Terrible Beauty {Gemma Doyle} by Libba Bray

In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry

The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington

→ Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (reading 11.2014)(received ARC of sequel)

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Susan Ericksen, by Brilliance Audio

→ First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Susan Ericksen, by Brilliance Audio

→ Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Yareli Arizmendi, by Penguin Random House Audio

→ The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Marisol Ramirez and Thom Rivera by Simon & Schuster Audio

→ Stories of Ava Luna by Isabel Allende

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Juanita Devis, by Penguin Random House Audio

→ The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Karen White, by Penguin Random House Audio

→ The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Karen White, by Penguin Random House Audio

→ The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern (started this and even tweeted the author during Christmas a few years back & never had the pleasure of returning back into the story!)

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Jim Dale, by Penguin Random House Audio

↑ A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (see Shakespeare section!)

→ The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Steven Crossley, by Recorded Books Audio

→ A Discovery of Witches {All Souls Trilogy} by Deborah Harkness

→ The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Aimee Bender, by Penguin Random House Audio

→ The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Barbara Caruso, Andy Paris and George Guidall by Recorded Books

→ Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Cassandra Morris, by Penguin Random House Audio

→ The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Richmond Hoxie, by HarperAudio

→ Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa

→ A Trip to the Stars by Nicholas Christopher

→ The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

→ Queen of Dreams by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

→ The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

→ Of Bee’s and Mist by Erick Seitawan

→ The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter

→ A Place Called Here by Cecelia Ahern

→ The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern {PL}

→ If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Susan Lynch and Repert Degas by Hachette Audio

→ The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley

→ Mariana by Susanna Kearsley

→ The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

→ The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley

→ The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

→ Eva Moves the Furniture by Margot Livesey

→ Daughters of the Witching Hill by Mary Sharratt

→ The Dead Zone by Stephen King (loved the tv series adaptation!)

↔ (*audioS) narrated by James Franco, by Simon & Schuster Audio

→ Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King (loved the film adaptation!)

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Stephen King and William Hurt, by Simon & Schuster Audio

→ The World to Come by Dara Horn

↔ (*audioS) narrated by William Dufris, by Tantor Audio

→ The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael David Lukas

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Mozhan Marno, by HarperAudio

→ The Baker’s Man by Jennifer Moorman

→ Moon Over Donamorgh by Marlene Dotterer

→ Eleven Sundays by Alonna Shaw

→ The Curious Ways of the Winships by Andrea Mina Savar

→ Ruby’s Spoon by Anna Lawrence Pietroni

→ Anna Kerenina by Leo Tolstoy

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Lorna Raver, by Tandor Audio

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Kate Lock, by Naxos Audiobooks

→ Universes Within the Universe by Paola Sanjinez

→ Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White

→ The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

→ The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Stina Nielsen, by HarperAudio

→ Summer’s Child by Luanne Rice

→ Under Fishbone Clouds by Sam Meekings

→ The Metropolis Case by Matthew Gallaway

→ Cinders: A Cinderella Sequel {re-titled: Bonded} by Michelle D. Argyle

→ Museum of Happiness: A Novel by Jesse Lee Kercheval

→ At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

→ The Tail of Emily Windsnap {Emily Windsnap} by Liz Kessler

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Finty Williams, by Penguin Random House Audio

→ The Matchmaker of Périgord by Julia Stuart

→ The Mist in the Mirror by Susan Hill

→ The Secret World of Polly Flint

→ Moondial by Helen Cresswell

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Withholding:

→ One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

→ Life in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

→ Life of Pi by Yann Martel (loved the film adaptation!)

→ Chocolat by Joanne Harris (loved the film adaptation!)

→ Of Love and Shadows by Isabel Allende

→ The Infinite Plan by Isabel Allende

→ Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende

→ The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

→ The Shadow of the Wind {The Cemetery of Forgotten Books} by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

→ The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

→ The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova {PL}

→ Possession by A.S. Byatt

→ After Forever Ends by Melodie Ramone

→ The Humingbird’s Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea

→ Nights at the Circus by Emma Rice

→ The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman

→ The River Queen by Alice Hoffman

→ The Third Angel by Alice Hoffman

→ The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman

→ The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman

→ Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman

→ The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

→ The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe [PL}

→ Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

→ Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

→ The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

→ Big Fish: A novel of mythic proportions by Daniel Wallace

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Tom Stechschulte, by Recorded Audio

→ The Kings and Queens of Roam by Daniel Wallace

→ The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht {PL}

→ Coraline by Neil Gaiman

→ Griffin and Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondance {Griffin and Sabine} by Nick Bantock {PL}

Outlander series: {OF}

(*As well as reading “The Outlandish Companion” by Diana Gabaldon)

  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon {PL}
  • Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  • Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
  • Lord John and the Hand of Devils/Lord John and the Hellfire Club (novella) by Diana Gabaldon
  • Lord John and the Private Matter (short novel) by Diana Gabaldon
  • Lord John and the Hand of Devils/Lord John and the Succubus (novella) by Diana Gabaldon
  • Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade (short novel) by Diana Gabaldon
  • Lord John and the Hand of Devils/Lord John and the Haunted Soldier (novella) by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Custom of the Army (novella) by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Scottish Prisoner (short novel) by Diana Gabaldon
  • Plague of Zombies (novella) by Diana Gabaldon *will skip over this one!
  • Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
  • An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
  • Written in my Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  • A Leaf on the Winds of All Hallows (short story) by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Space Between (novella) by Diana Gabaldon
  • Virgins (novella) by Diana Gabaldon

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Mythology & Folklore:

*One particular category of renewed interest past a childhood of uncertainty!

Fairy-Tale After Canons | Re-Tellings | Inspired by Stories:

→ tCC1

  • Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth a re-telling of Rapunzel by Brothers Grimm (added 11.2014)
  • Becoming Beauty by Sarah E. Boucher a re-telling of (added 11.2014)
    Belle et la Bête by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
  • *need to update this section!*

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Classic Speculative Fiction | Science Fiction and Fantasy:

→ The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester {+/PL} (LOVED this originally; dearly need to re-read!)

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Gerald Doyle, by Tantor Audio ⇒ added to Scribd 16.Sept.18

→ The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester {SEQ: The Count of Monte Cristo}

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Gerald Doyle, by Tantor Audio ⇒ added to Scribd 16.Sept.18

→ The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

↔ (*audioS) narrated by BBC Drama for Radio Full Cast, Andrews UK Audio

→ The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

→ Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

→ The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein

→ The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Roger May, by Naxos Audiobooks

→ The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

↔ (*audioS) narrated by full cast including Gates McFadden, Brent Spiner and Leonard Nimoy part of L.A. Theatre Works production of this classic! There are more actors from both Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation directed by John de Lancie (‘Q’).

→ 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

→ Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne

→ The Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelazny

→ The Belgariad by David Eddings

→ The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

→ Ringworld by Larry Niven {PL}

→ Contact by Carl Sagan (loved the film!)

→ The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons

→ The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

→ The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

→ A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

The Mars Trilogy/series:

  • Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • The Martians by Kim Stanley Robinson

Kingkiller Chronicles:

Unfortunately, this series was simply not my cuppa tea! I don’t remember the year but I did attempt to read ‘The Name of the Wind’ and honestly, despite feeling I could get properly attached to the world-building, there was a moment shortly within the first several chapters where I realised this was not going to be a series I could enjoy reading.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

The Foundation/I-Robot series:

  • The Complete Robot / I-Robot by Isaac Asimov
  • Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
  • The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov
  • The Robots of Dawn by Isaac Asimov
  • Robots and Empire by Isaac Asimov
  • The Currents of Space by Isaac Asimov
  • The Stars, Like Dust by Isaac Asimov
  • Pebble in the Sky by Isaac Asimov
  • Forward the Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  • Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  • Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov
  • Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  • Foundation’s Edge by Isaac Asimov
  • Foundation and Earth by Isaac Asimov

The Time Quartet series:

  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’ Engle {+/PL} (LOVED! dearly need to re-read ahead of ‘Flatland’)
  • A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’ Engle
  • A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’ Engle
  • Many Waters by Madeleine L’ Engle
  • An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’ Engle

Space Odyssey series:

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke (loved the film adaptation!)
  • 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke (loved the film adaptation!)
  • 2061: Odyssey Three by Arthur C. Clarke
  • 3001: The Final Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

Rama series:

  • Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Rama II by Arthur C. Clarke (& Gentley Lee)
  • The Garden of Rama by Arthur C. Clarke (& Gentley Lee)
  • Rama Revealed by Arthur C. Clarke (& Gentley Lee)

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Withholding:

The Lord of the Rings series:

(like most movie-goers, I saw the trilogy as it released)

Reading order via The Tolkien Society

  • Histories 1-5
  • The Silmarillion
  • Histories 10-12
  • Unfinished Tales / stop mid-way to read / The Hobbit
  • Histories 6-8
  • Histories half of 9
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Histories second half of 9

The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien {PL/OF}
The Two Towers: Being the Second Part of the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien {PL/OF}
The Return of the King: Being the Third Part of the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit: Or there and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien {PL/OF}
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien {PL/OF}
The Complete Histories of Middle Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien {PL/OF}

Acorna series:

  • Acorna the Unicorn Girl by Anne McCaffrey (& Margaret Ball) {PL}
  • Acorna’s Quest by Anne McCaffrey (& Margaret Ball) {PL}
  • Acorna’s People by Anne McCaffrey (& Elizabeth Ann Scarborough) {PL}
  • Acorna’s World by Anne McCaffrey (& Elizabeth Ann Scarborough) {PL}
  • Acorna’s Search by Anne McCaffrey (& Elizabeth Ann Scarborough) {PL}
  • Acorna’s Rebels by Anne McCaffrey (& Elizabeth Ann Scarborough) {PL}
  • Acorna’s Triumph by Anne McCaffrey (& Elizabeth Ann Scarborough) {PL}

The Sword of Truth series: {OF}

  • The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus by Terry Goodkind
  • Debut of Bones by Terry Goodkind
  • Wizards First Rule by Terry Goodkind {+/PL} (partially read)
  • Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind
  • Blood of the Fold by Terry Goodkind
  • Temple in the Winds by Terry Goodkind
  • Soul of the Fire by Terry Goodkind
  • Faith of the Fallen by Terry Goodkind
  • The Pillars of Creation by Terry Goodkind
  • Naked Empire by Terry Goodkind
  • Chainfire by Terry Goodkind
  • Phantom by Terry Goodkind
  • Confessor by Terry Goodkind
  • The Omen Machine by Terry Goodkind
  • The Third Kingdom by Terry Goodkind

The Wheel of Time series:

(*as well as reading: “The World of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time” by Tor Books)

  • New Spring by Robert Jordan (Prequel)
  • Eye of the World by Robert Jordan {PL} (partially read)
  • The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
  • The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan
  • The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan
  • The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan
  • Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan
  • A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan
  • The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan
  • Winter’s Heart by Robert Jordan
  • Crossroads at Twilight by Robert Jordan
  • Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan
  • The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan (& Brandon Sanderson)
  • Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan (& Brandon Sanderson)
  • A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan (& Brandon Sanderson)

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Classic Speculative Fiction | Horror
(Cosy and/or Psychological Suspense) no gore!

*fully expanded this section past ‘Dracula’ August, 2018

*with the exceptions of ‘Phantom’, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ and ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ all titles are new to my tCC List wherein I realised I had miscategoroised the other titles

→ Dracula by Bram Stoker (added during #OTBHorrorOctober)

→ The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (love all the film adaptations!)

→ The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Gordon Griffin, by Dreamscape Media Audio

→ The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

→ The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (loved the film adaptation with Spencer Tracy)

→ The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (*loved the film!)

→ The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

→ The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde (*love all film adaptations!)

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Classic Crime Fiction | Mystery and Suspense:

→ Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (loved the film adaptations with Basil Rathbone; grew to dislike Benedict Cumberbatch’s adaptations and switched to the American ‘Elementary’ series instead which was quite a shock to me) | purchased: the complete collection of Sherlock Holmes via Audible Spring 2018

→ Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

→ The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan

→ The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett (loved the film adaptation!)

→ The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

→ The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

→ The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

→ The Murders of the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

→ The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe *added August, 2018

↔ (*audioS) narrated by a full cast, by Dreamscape Media Audio ⇒ added to Scribd 16.Sept.18

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Withholding:

→ Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier {RIC: Moonstone}

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Classic Children’s Literature:

→ A Little Princess by Frances Hogson Burnett {+/PL} (LOVED as a child; need to re-read)

→ The Secret Garden by Frances Hogson Burnett {+/PL}

→ The Call of the Wild by Jack London {+/PL}

→ White Fang by Jack London {+/PL} (LOVED as a child; need to re-read)

→ Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

→ The Incredible Journey by Sheila Bornford {+/PL}

→ The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Barbara Barnes, by Dreamscape Media Audio

→ A Tangled Web by L.M. Montgomery

→ Kilmeny of the Orchard by L.M. Montgomery

→ Magic for Marigold by L.M. Montgomery

→ Jane of Lantern Hill by L.M. Montgomery

→ How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Crowell *added August, 2018

↔ (*audioS) narrated by David Tennant, by Hachette Audio

→ Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney *added August, 2018

↔ (*audioS) narrated by Suzanne Toren, by Penguin Random House Audio

→ tCC1 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin *added August, 2018

↔ (*audio) narrated by Ann Richardson, by Post Hypnotic Press

Anne of Green Gables series:

(partially read this as a child; need to re-read; LOVED both ‘Avonlea’ and the film adaptations)

[ the first three titles are ‘tCC1’ ]

  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery {+/PL}
    • (audio) narrated by Colleen Winton, by Post Hypnotic Press 2017.Aug.5
  • Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery {+/PL}
    • (audio) narrated by Colleen Winton, by Post Hypnotic Press 2017.Aug.13
  • Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery {+/PL}
    • (audio) narrated by Colleen Winton, by Post Hypnotic Press 2017.Aug.18
  • Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery {+/PL}
  • Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery {+/PL}
  • Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery {+/PL}
  • Rainbow Valley by L.M. Montgomery {+/PL}
  • Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery {+/PL}

Emily of New moon series:

  • Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery
    • (*audioS) narrated by
  • Emily Climbs by L.M. Mongomery
    • (*audioS) narrated by Laural Merlington, by Dreamscape Media Audio
  • Emily’s Quest by L.M. Montgomery
    • (*audioS) narrated by Laural Merlington, by Dreamscape Media Audio

Shoes series: [added: 2018.August]

*this series was meant to be included from the beginning however, it took me awhile to track down the sequence of the stories to better understand how many there are and where to begin reading them. found this series within the film “You’ve Got Mail” during its original theatrical release.

  • Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
    • (*audioS) narrated by Elizabeth Sastre, by Penguin Random House Audio
  • Tennis Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
  • Circus Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
  • Theater Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
    • (*audioS) narrated by Elizabeth Sastre, by Penguin Random House Audio
  • Party Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
  • Movies Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
  • Skating Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
  • Family Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
  • Dancing Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
    • (*audioS) narrated by Elizabeth Sastre, by Penguin Random House Audio
  • New Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
  • Traveling Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

The Original Nancy Drew series: [added: 2018.August]

  • The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
    • (*audioS) narrated by Laura Linney, by Penguin Random House Audio
  • The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene
    • (*audioS) narrated by Laura Linney, by Penguin Random House Audio
  • ?

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Withholding:

→ Little Women by Louisa May Alcott {PL} (loved the film adaptations! seriously ALL of them!)

→ Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott

→ Little Men by Louisa May Alcott

→ An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott {+/PL}

→ Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott {PL}

→ The Inheritance by Louisa May Alcott {PL} (dearly loved; need to re-read)

Little House series:

(partially read this as a child; need to re-read + LOVED the series!)

  • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder {+/PL}
  • Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder {+/PL}
  • Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder {+/PL}
  • On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder {+/PL}
  • By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder {+/PL}
  • The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder {+/PL}
  • Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder {+/PL}
  • These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder {+/PL}
  • The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder {+/PL}
  • Little House in the Ozarks by Laura Ingalls Wilder {+/PL}

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18th Century Literature:

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy {RAL: #LitChat, #WarandPeace via LitChat W&P Book Club Feb-July 2014} Returnt the open-ended borrowed copy from my local library 1 1/2 years ago (in 2015) as I honestly could not get enthused to continue with reading this title at that particular time. To which my librarian blessedly understood – saying “too much war and not enough peace” in reference to current events and I felt, her summation fit well with my own feelings. Sometimes you can try to tackle a story at the ‘wrong’ moment for you to meet it and the results are less than stellar. One day I do hope to revisit this novel but with a copy I purchase and can take my time reading it w/o worry over when it needs to boomerang back to the library. (update: 19 JUN 17)

→ tCC1 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen {PL} *this first review went live prior to joining tCC

↔ (*audioS) narrated by L.A. Theater Works full cast

→ Mansfield Park by Jane Austen {PL} (gifted: 1st Blog Birthday 2014)(12.2014)

⇒ after which I shall be seeking ‘after canons’ of which I am most enthused to read!

→ Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen {PL} (gifted: 1st Blog Birthday 2014; thus added)(12.2014)

⇒ after which I shall be seeking ‘after canons’ of which I am most enthused to read!

→ The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story by Horace Walpole

→ Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

→Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray {PL}

→ Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy {PL}

→A Floating City by Jules Verne

→ Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne {RIC:

→ From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne

→ The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne

→ Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

↓ (*audioS) narrated by Jeremy Irons, by Hachette Audio

→ Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson

→ Miss Loneyhearts by Nathaniel West

→ The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton {RIC: Age of Desire}

→ The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton {RIC: Age of Desire}

→ The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton

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Withholding:

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen {PL}

↓ tCC1 (after canon/retell) Sense & Sensibility: A Latter Day Tale by Rebecca H. Jamison 2014.Aug.18

Emma by Jane Austen {PL}

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19th Century Literature:

Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Brontë {RAL: An American in France, January 2014} {RAL: Riverhead Books, February-March, 2014} *cancelled my inclination to read this story after a recent #ChocLitSaturday chat wherein I learnt there is animal cruelty involved & other distrubing scenes/issues that I was not aware of previously. (See Review Policy) (July 2016)

→ tCC1 Jane Eyre (Part II) by Charlotte Bronté *read prior to joining tCC (Part I)

↔ (*audioS) narrated by L.A. Theater Works and full cast

→ The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

→ Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

→ Shirley by Charlotte Bronte

→ Villette by Charlotte Bronte

→ The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

→ Bleak House by Charles Dickens

→ A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

→ The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

→ David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

→ Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

→ Little Dorritt by Charles Dickens

→ Nicholas Nikleby by Charles Dickens

→Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens {PL}

→ The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens

→ Middlemarch by George Eliot

→ Silas Marner by George Eliot

→ Daniel Deronda by George Eliot *added August, 2018

↔ (*audioS) narrated by L.A. Theater Works and full cast

→ The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas {RIC: The Stars My Destination}

→ The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexander Dumas

→ Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

→ The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde *added August, 2018

↔ (*audioS) narrated by L.A. Theater Works full cast

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Withholding:

Master & Commander series:

(best daughter/Da film experience EVER; seriously want to read this now!)

  • Master & Commander by Patrick O’ Brian
  • Post Captain by Patrick O’ Brian
  • H.M.S. Surprise by Patrick O’ Brian
  • The Mauritus Command by Patrick O’ Brian
  • Desolation Island by Patrick O’ Brian
  • The Fortune of War by Patrick O’ Brian
  • The Surgeon’s Mate by Patrick O’ Brian
  • The Ionian Mission by Patrick O’ Brian
  • Treason Harbour by Patrick O’ Brian
  • The Far Side of the World by Patrick O’ Brian
  • The Reverse of the Medal by Patrick O’ Brian
  • The Letter of Marque by Patrick O’ Brian
  • The Thirteen Gun Salute by Patrick O’ Brian
  • The Nutmeg of Consolation by Patrick O’ Brian
  • The Truelove by Patrick O’ Brian
  • The Wine-Dark Sea by Patrick O’ Brian
  • The Commodore by Patrick O’ Brian
  • The Yellow Admiral by Patrick O’ Brian
  • The Hundred Days by Patrick O’ Brian
  • Blue at the Mizzen by Patrick O’ Brian
  • The Final, Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey

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20th Century Literature:

→A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (loved the Classic film adaptation via TCM)

→ Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell {*/} (loved the motion picture!)

→ The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow

→ The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

→ The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (loved the new adaptation with Leonardo DiC!)

→ Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

→ Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

→ Howard’s End by E.M. Forster (saw the film & cried my heart out!) (RIC: The Remains of the Day)

→ The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (loved the film!)

→ Passage to India by E.M. Forster

→ Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell

→ Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell

→ Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell

→ The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskill

→ Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

→ Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (loved the film!)

→ Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

→ O Henry: Collected Stories

→ Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

→ The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

→ The Wings of a Dove by Henry James

→ Washington Square by Henry James

→ Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

Withholding:

→ Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell (purchase REQ @ library for book and miniseries; ended up watching the mini-series and having my heart shattered. did not finish the dvd set nor the book as result. oy!)(2015)

→ North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

→ The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith {PL}

→ To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee {PL}

→ Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim {PL} (love the film adaptation!)

→ Doctor Zhiavgo by Boris Pasternak

→ In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust {PL}

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classical memoir and/or biographies:

*note: this section officially added August, 2018 even though I was already starting to seek out titles specific to this category ahead of this particular month/year.

→ tCC1 The Plague and I by Betty MacDonald

↔ (*audio) narrated by Heather Henderson, by Post Hypnotic Press

→ tCC1 Anybody Can Do Anything by Betty MacDonald

↔ (*audio) narrated by Heather Henderson, by Post Hypnotic Press

→ tCC1 Onions in the Stew by Betty MacDonald

↔ (*audio) narrated by Heather Henderson, by Post Hypnotic Press

Inter-related title: tCC1 Looking for Betty MacDonald by Paula Becker

↔ (*audio) narrated by Paula Becker, by Post Hypnotic Press

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{NOTES: “Gone with the Wind” is a book selection that I want to read along with a friend, as we’ve attempted to embark on this for quite awhile now! Books marked with a “+” signal that it’s going to be re-read, and books marked {OF} refer to “order of” to reference a preference of a serial reading. Whilst books marked with an “PL” reflect that the book is in my personal library! {SEQ} infers that this is a sequel equilviant to an original canon, which could reflect a re-telling, a spin-off, a re-imagination, or otherwise! {RIC} refers to “read in connection” titles. All titles with “referenced” means I made a mention of the book &/or author in my blog with a re-direct to the post! {RAL} refers to ‘read-a-long’ either by way of a friend OR bookish community event. “Spin” refers to tCC’s Spin Pick as much as “Sync” refers to tCC’s Sync Read. Cheers!}

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{CLASSICS previously read: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; partially read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë; and loved reading The Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott}

{On removing canonical fairy-tales: Due to a bookish discussion on this #ChocLitSaturdays Convo on 8th November, 2014 I have decided I am an ‘after canon/re-telling fairy-tale girl’ rather than a true-blue fairytale reader!)

Previously I had included the following canons:

One Thousand and One Nights {ie; The Arabian Nights} by Anon, referenced with the intent to read others not limited to including: Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Snow White, etc.

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Reading concurrent to this timeline of Classical Lit
will be my progress with the following:

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Read more about my Books of Eyre self-directed challenge.

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Read more about my Classics Re-Told self-directed challenge.

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TO BE UPDATED AT A LATER TIME:

As an added bonus, each of us will be participating in a self-knitting challenge where you read a classic book & knit a square that coordinates with the title.

? add info ? // my second tenure of tCC I will approach this!

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*Due Note: This List needs to be overhauled & updated! At some point before the end of 2017, I shall do that!*

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PM me your recommendations for Classical Literature and/or kindly leave a comment in the threads below to let me know which books we share in common. I look forward to visiting your tCC List and follow your journey as you move forward with your challenge: be sure to leave me a link or two to visit in return!

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