Once again, I’m embarking on a book reading challenge that I may (or may not–but let’s stay optimistic here!) complete. I’ve read some interesting books this year, but I also want to sprinkle in some more classics, and I want a moderate degree of accountability to read some books on my “I really should get around to reading this–it’s a classic!” list.
I’m not sure exactly where to start, so I’m going to create this list of 20 of the books, wait for the Classics Club August Book Spin, where they will pick a number, and that’s the book I’ll start with. To give myself a good chance of not quitting immediately, I’m only picking books with less than 450 pages for this first month. I looked up the books on Goodreads and grabbed page numbers from there. My actual page count may vary depending on what edition I read, but I thought at least that would give me a general idea.
If you’re curious, the longest tome on my list is War & Peace, with 1275 pages. Yeah, I’m not going to start there.
Here are my options (I have more books under 450 pages, but I grabbed 20 at random):
- Forster, E.M.: Room With a View (119 p)
- Woolf, Virginia: To the Lighthouse (209 p)
- Gaskell, Elizabeth: Cranford (257 p)
- Wharton, Edith: The Age of Innocence (332 p)
- Waugh, Evelyn: Brideshead Revisited (351 p)
- Burns, Olive: Cold Sassy Tree (405 p)
- Sayers, Dorothy: Have His Carcase (440 p)
- Hemingway, Ernest: A Moveable Feast (192 p)
- Shakespeare, William: Othello (314 p)
- Christie, Agatha: A Murder is Announced (288 p)
- L’Engle, Madeleine: Many Waters (352 p)
- Wilde, Oscar: The Picture of Dorian Gray (367 p)
- Cather, Willa: My Antonia (232 p)
- Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: Love in the Time of Cholera (348 p)
- Du Maurier, Daphne: The House on the Strand (352 p)
- le Carre, John: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (381 p)
- Austen, Jane: Persuasion (249 p)
- Camus, Albert: The Stranger (123 p)
- Gaskell, Elizabeth: Mary Barton (437 p)
- Alcott, Louisa May: Little Women/ Good Wives (449 p)
I’ll be back to let you know what I’m reading first!
UPDATE: The Classics Club spin chose #9, so I’m starting with Othello. An interesting place to start! I’ll let you know how it goes.