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The Classics Club – My 50 TBR Classics

As a Cultural Sciences student, I have to read lots of classics. Maybe a better formulation would be, our teachers assume we’re reading a lot of classics. Most of us however, have never touched a Dickens in our entire lives.

But wanting to read more classics isn’t purely an academic goal. As an avid reader, I would love to know more about the origins of the novel in the form in which it exists today, and reading classics is one way of accomplishing that.

And to be honest I just love making lists.

As part of The Classics Club, I’m going to try to read 50 classics in 3 years. I hope that’s a doable amount. Lately I haven’t been reading classics at all, so making this list will hopefully motivate me to read a bit more of them.

Done: 30/50

1. Lancelot by Chrétien de Troyes (254 pg) 15/10/2013 My Thoughts
2. The Lais by Marie de France (176 pg) 30/10/2013 My Thoughts
3. The Divine Comedy by Dante (895 pg)
4. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio (909 pg)
5. Canzoniere by Francesco Petrarca (551 pg) 10/11/2013
6. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chauser (504 pg)
7. Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus (256 pg) [reading in Dutch] 29/09/2013 My Thoughts
8. The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli (106 pg) 25/06/2013 My Thoughts
9. Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais (1114 pg)
10. Hamlet by Shakespeare (208 pg) 30/04/2013 My Thoughts
11. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1168 pg) 05/12/2013 My Thoughts
12. Paradise Lost by John Milton (453 pg)
13. Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (480 pg)
14. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (288 pg) 10/06/2013 My Thoughts
15. Tartuffe by Mollière (128 pg) 30-11-2013
16. Hyperion by Friedrich Hölderlin (236 pg)
17. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev (296 pg)
18. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (512 pg)
19. Complete Stories by Edgar Allan Poe (1023 pg)
20. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (564 pg) 05-07-2014
21. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (335 pg)
22. Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire (365 pg)
23. Nana by Émile Zola (240 pg) 08/04/2014 My Thoughts
24. Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans (288 pg)
25. Prufrock and other Observations by T.S. Eliot (48 pg) 03/02/2014 My Thoughts
26. The Cantos by Ezra Pound (896 pg)
27. Manhattan Transfer by John Dos Passos (342 pg)
28. Ulysses by James Joyce (816 pg)
29. The Trial by Franz Kafka (224 pg) 29/03/2013 My Thoughts
30. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (447 pg) 13/10/2013 My Thoughts
31. Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen (406 pg) 02-11-2014
32. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (435 pg)
33. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (507 pg) 24/07/2013 My Thoughts
34. Persuasion by Jane Austen (236 pg)
35. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (254 pg)
36. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (144 pg) 17/07/2013 My Thoughts
37. Villette by Charlotte Brontë (472 pg)
38. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (1392 pg)
39. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (288 pg)
40. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (327 pg) 07-11-2014
41. A Room for One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (114 pg)
42. Orlando by Virginia Woolf (336 pg)
43. The Waves by Virginia Woolf (300 pg)
44. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (256 pg) 30/04/2013 My Thoughts
45. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (331 pg) 12/04/2013 My Thoughts
46. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (329 pg)
47. Christmas Books by Charles Dickens (383 pg)
48. The Last Man by Mary Shelley (395 pg)
49. Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (264 pg) 20/03/2013 My Thoughts
50. Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne (185 pg)

That’s a wonderful grand total of 21446 pages of lovely classics to read. So, do you guys keep lists of classics you’d like to read? How do you make the time to read classics between new and shiny books? I’d love to know!

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