I’m also trying to read all of Jane Austen’s novels…I never read any in my teens and was never required to read any when I went to college.
I enjoyed this one more than Sense and Sensibility…but it’s still kind of tedious. I now understand some references that I’ve seen and heard in popular movies and other novels. So, that alone makes it worthwhile. :-) 1 week ago
am finishing up Moby Dick . Also i read Dracula. I’m going to read another 1 in Dec. I’m not sure what yet. 2 weeks ago
My goal is to read the whole series. This is the first one, and I think it fits this goal as well as my read 1000 books goal.
The language and some difficulty identifying with the social structure of the time made this somewhat difficult to get into but overall enjoyable. 1 month ago
I borrowed “Gates of Fire” by Steven Pressfield from the library a couple of weeks ago. I read a chapter or two, by which point it was already gory and teenaged girls were being raped. I’m afraid that a lot of the so-called “classic” literature will be filled with unsavory stuff. Anyway, I got busy with work and didn’t make it past the first couple of chapters before I had to return the book to the library.
I was initially planning to read the books on my list in chronological order starting with the oldest, anyway, so I don’t consider this a failure; more of a false start. 2 months ago
Well this is my first one in this grouping. I somehow missed out on reading this in high school, but my daughter read it for her English class, so I thought I’d give it a go. I can see why it’s one of those books you’re expected to read as a matter of course. and I enjoyed it. 8 months ago
and will take out another classic next month. Also I’m going to get back to reading some that we own. Hopefully I’ll be done with at least 25 by the end of the year. 8 months ago
How I did it: Completing this goal at the age of 20 is probably one of the things I"m the most glad to have ever done. I feel like I have lived a hundred different lives in a hundred different places as a hundred different people, and gained experience with the world--that's the beauty of literature!
Read how I did it… 9 months ago
- First, I looked up several different "top 100 novels ever written" sort of lists online, so get an idea of what were considered classics--not follow any of these lists exactly.
- I also decided to include some books by authors on the list, books that themselves were maybe not considered classics (like all the Jack Kerouac (author of On the Road) that I have read)
- I didn't make a list of the books I intended to read, but instead scoured used book stores for books on the list or in the "classic lit" sections in general, and went off recommendations and plot summaries to find books I wanted to read.
- I decided to change this goal to "classic books" instead of novels, so I could include classic poetry collections, plays, and non fiction, like Leaves of Grass by Whitman or Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.
- I also included classic works of literature I had read in the past, in high school, even though I didn't formulate this goal until college. (Hence why I wrote that it took me 7 years)
I’ve got to get my rear end to the library to start working towards this goal. All I ever want to do in my free time is knit. Reading used to occupy a lot of my free time, but now I can’t recall the last time I read a whole book. (Do knitting books count? Oy, I can hear my brain cells dying.)
Well, I should break out of my obsessive yarn rut and start reading again. A part of me misses it, so that’s probably a good sign. My hands and wrists will probably be most grateful, as well. 9 months ago
and in a few months will read the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia 11 months ago
7. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
8. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
9. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 11 months ago
5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
6. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 13 months ago
3. Naomi by Junichirō Tanizaki
4. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert 15 months ago
Will read either Great Expectations or atale of Two Cities sometime next month along with Dracula it’s hard to keep up. 15 months ago
I’m going to read at least 5 books from this list. Also a few from this list, http://www.modernlibrary.com/top-100/100-best-novels/ 16 months ago
My second classic for this goal was I Am a Cat by Sōseki Natsume. 16 months ago
My first classic novel for this goal was The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas and what an incredible novel it was. 17 months ago