A year ago today, I decided to join The Classics Club and created a list of seventy-five classics I would like to read within a three year period. I said in my introductory post that I hoped to read twenty-five classics each year and, a year later, I’ve read sixteen books off of my original list plus an additional eight books that could also be considered classics.
All of my book reviews for those titles I’ve read for the club are available here in their own category. The additional eight books considered classics I’ve read and discussed are available in my “classics” tag. Some of the highlights of the past year include:
- Finally overcoming my hesitation towards Edith Wharton and reading two of her novels — The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth. (And now I want to read her other 20+ novels and novellas!)
- Reading (and loving) one of the longest books on my list, Roots by Alex Haley.
- Expanding the genres I read to include poetry by reading Selected Poems by Emily Dickinson and A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein.
- Participating in two spins with the club — Beloved by Toni Morrison and Roots by Alex Haley.
In the next year of being in the Classics Club, I plan to tackle books by the Brontë sisters as I’ve been avoiding Anne, Charlotte, and Emily for years now as a bad experience with Wuthering Heights. It would be lovely if I could fall in love with them as much as I have with Edith Wharton!