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The Classics Club badge by Jorie of Jorie Loves A Story

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 such 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!

Specifics and Goals:

Beginning 5 January 2014 and concluding 5 January 2019

{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!}

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

Participate in Club Memes, Sync Reads, and other Events

tCC Check-in Posts/Comments:

Drafts of Classic Reviews Unfinished:

  • 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 Authors Present: {as writ at the beginning} (coming soon!)

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

Jorie :

The Classics Club

Challenge ‘Master List’

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.


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

Science & Philosophy:

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

Flatland by Edwin Abbott (1884) {+/PL} (originally read ahead of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’; this will be a re-read!)
The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (1859) {RIC:
Essays and Poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Marcus Aurelius: Mediations {PL} (only partially read)

Letters and Correspondences:

*Dearly hope to expand this section!

Selected Letters by Jane Austen
The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald {PL}

Poetry, Short Stories, and Plays:

*Seriously need to expand  my knowledge of this section!

John Keats: Poems
Samuel Taylor Coldridge: Poems {PL}
Emily Dickerson: Poems
Alfred Lord Tennyson: Poems
Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Poems
Robert Browning: Poems
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poems
Khalil Gibran: Poems
William Butler Yeats: Poems

The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton
(added to my tCC during #OTBHorrorOctober 2014)(read 10.2014)

Specifically Shakespeare:

(lovely blue box of portable Shakespeare volumes!)

Sonnets by William Shakespeare {PL}
MacBeth by William Shakespeare {PL}
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare {PL}
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}
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}
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}

Magical Realism:

ALL selections taken from a referenced post on the subject!

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Life in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
Stories of Ava Luna by Isabel Allende
Of Love and Shadows by Isabel Allende
The Infinite Plan by Isabel Allende
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (reading 11.2014)(received ARC of sequel)
The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
Life of Pi by Yann Martel (loved the film adaptation!)
The Shadow of the Wind {The Cementary of Forgotten Books} by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Chocolat by Joanne Harris (loved the film adaptation!)
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!)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (see Shakespeare section!)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Possession by A.S. Byatt
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova {PL}
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë  (see 19th Century section!)
A Discovery of Witches {All Souls Trilogy} by Deborah Harkness
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
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
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
A Great and Terrible Beauty {Gemma Doyle} by Libba Bray
In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
Big Fish by Daniel Wallace
The Kings and Queens of Roam by Daniel Wallace
Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa
The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
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
Griffin and Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondance {Griffin and Sabine} by Nick Bantock
A Place Called Here by Cecelia Ahern
The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern {PL}
If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern
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!)
Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King (loved the film adaptation!)
The World to Come by Dara Horn
The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael David Lukas
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
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
Summer’s Child by Luanne Rice
The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington
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
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

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

Mythology & Folklore:

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

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

  • 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!*

Classic Speculative Fiction | Science Fiction and Fantasy:

The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester {+/PL} (LOVED this originally; dearly need to re-read!)
The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester {SEQ: The Count of Monte Cristo}
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
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
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
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
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:

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

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}

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 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)

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 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)

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}

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

  • Dracula by Bram Stoker (added during #OTBHorrorOctober)

Classic Crime Fiction | Mystery and Suspense:

Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
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)
The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett (loved the film adaptation!)
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier {RIC: Moonstone}
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
The Murders of the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe
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)

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
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
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 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

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}

Anne of Green Gables series:

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

  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery {+/PL}
  • Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery {+/PL}
  • Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery {+/PL}
  • 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
  • Emily Climbs by L.M. Montgomery
  • Emily’s Quest by L.M. Montgomery

18th Century Literature:

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen {PL}
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen {PL} (gifted: 1st Blog Birthday 2014)(12.2014)
Emma by Jane Austen {PL}
The Watsons by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen {PL} (gifted: 1st Blog Birthday 2014; thus added)(12.2014)
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
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)
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
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

19th Century Literature:

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
Villette by Charlotte Bronte
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)
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
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

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

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!)
Passage to India by E.M. Forster
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)
Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
North and South 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
The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith {PL}
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
O Henry: Collected Stories
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
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
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee {PL}
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (love all the film adaptations!)
Doctor Zhiavgo by Boris Pasternak
In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust {PL}
Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim {PL} (love the film adaptation!)

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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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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.

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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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