The Classics Club Project


Today, the 8th of March 2012, I am beginning an ambitious project of my reading life. Thanks to The Classics Club for creating such a wonderful project to read certain numbers of classic books within five years. Yes...FIVE years! It's a long commitment for me, as I usually just make reading schedule for two or three months ahead. 


Well now, here is my ambitious list:


I will read these 125 classics from 8 March 2012 to 8 March 2017:

Progress: 105/125 (last updated 28/4/16)

  1. Aesop's Fables - Aesop - READ 27/1/14
  2. The Three Musketeers (Re-read)  - Alexandre Dumas - READ 18/3/13
  3. The Man in the Iron Mask - Alexandre Dumas - READ 7/5/12
  4. Twenty Years After - Alexandre Dumas - READ 31/7/12
  5. The Black Tulip - Alexandre Dumas - READ 12/5/15
  6. The Color Purple - Alice Walker - READ 31/5/12
  7. Black Beauty - Anna Sewell - READ 25/6/12
  8. Mahabharata (Mythology) - Anonymous - READ 20/8/12
  9. Courrier du Sud (Southern Mail) - Antoinne de Saint-Exupery - READ 11/9/12
  10. Terre des Hommes - Antoinne de Saint-Exupery - READ 13/2/14
  11. The Hound of the Baskervilles - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - READ 6/6/14
  12. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith - READ 23/10/13
  13. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens - READ 12/12/13
  14. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens - READ 7/12/12
  15. Little Dorrit - Charles Dickens - READ 22/2/13
  16. Our Mutual Friend - Charles Dickens
  17. Sketches by Boz - Charles Dickens - READ 18/6/12
  18. The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Charles Dickens - READ 26/2/13
  19. The Old Curiosity Shop - Charles Dickens - READ 16/7/12
  20. The Pickwick Papers - Charles Dickens
  21. The Origin of Species - Charles Darwin
  22. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte - READ 26/11/14
  23. Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe - READ 19/9/12
  24. Inferno - Dante Alighieri - READ 21/6/13
  25. Purgatorio - Dante Alighieri - READ 2/8/13
  26. Ethan Frome  - Edith Wharton - READ
  27. The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton - READ 10/9/14
  28. The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
  29. Greyfriars Bobby - Eleanor Atkinson - READ 29/10/14
  30. Germinal - Emile Zola - READ 31/8/12
  31. L’Assommoir - Emile Zola - READ 2/4/12
  32. La Bete Humaine  - Emile Zola - READ 22/4/13
  33. The Earth - Emile Zola
  34. The Kill - Emile Zola - READ 22/4/14
  35. The Masterpiece - Emile Zola - READ 15/4/13
  36. The Fortune of the Rougons - Emile Zola - READ 15/9/15
  37. The Debacle - Emile Zola - READ 7/8/14
  38. Nana - Emile Zola - READ 29/4/14
  39. Pot Luck - Emile Zola - READ
  40. The Ladies Paradise - Emile Zola - READ
  41. The Belly of Paris - Emile Zola
  42. The Conquest of Plassans - Emile Zola 
  43. A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway - READ 30/8/13
  44. The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway - READ 21/1/13
  45. Tender is The Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald - READ 22/9/14
  46. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald - READ 17/5/13
  47. Tales of the Jazz Age - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  48. The Trial - Franz Kafka
  49. The Mill on The Floss - George Elliot - READ 29/4/13
  50. Notes from Underground - Fyodor Dostoyevsky - READ 28/12/13
  51. Crime and PunishmentFyodor Dostoyevsky - READ
  52. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe - READ 20/3/15
  53. Bel-Ami - Guy de Maupassant - READ
  54. Guy de Maupassant's short story collections - READ 28/11/13
  55. The War of the Worlds  - H.G. Wells
  56. Nobody's Boy - Hector Marlot - READ 15/5/12
  57. The Portrait of A Lady - Henry James - READ 28/1/13
  58. Moby Dick - Herman Melville - READ 6/12/13
  59. Pere Goriot - Honore de Balzac - READ
  60. The Palace of Dreams - Ismail Kadare - READ 10/8/12
  61. If On A Winter's Night A Traveler - Italo Calvino - READ 23/6/14
  62. The Call of the Wild - Jack London - READ 
  63. Last of the Mohicans - James Fenimore Cooper - READ 26/5/14
  64. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen - READ 29/8/14
  65. The Grapes of Wrath  - John Steinbeck
  66. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift - READ 31/3/15
  67. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad - READ 21/12/12
  68. Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingals Wilder - READ 2/12/14
  69. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy - READ 28/8/13
  70. Ben Hur - Lew Wallace
  71. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott - READ 5/6/15
  72. Defence Speeches - Marcus Tullius Cicero
  73. Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell - READ 8/11/12
  74. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou - READ 30/6/14
  75. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes - READ 2/4/14
  76. The Swann's Way - Marecel Proust
  77. The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne - READ 6/11/12
  78. The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde - READ 29/6/14
  79. Matilda - Roald Dahl - READ 2/10/13
  80. Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson - READ 19/9/13
  81. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson - READ 19/10/12
  82. Just So Stories - Rudyard Kippling - READ 1/4/13
  83. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kippling - READ
  84. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - READ 22/5/12
  85. Ivanhoe - Sir Walter Scott - READ 7/5/15
  86. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
  87. Tess of d'Urberville - Thomas Hardy
  88. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy - READ 14/7/15
  89. Beloved - Toni Morrison - READ 31/10/12
  90. Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison - READ 20/12/13
  91. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote - READ 30/05/13
  92. Mrs. Dalloway  - Virginia Woolf - READ 25/3/13
  93. Candide - Voltaire - READ 28/2/13
  94. Of Human Bondage - W. Somerset Maugham - READ 22/10/14
  95. Lord of the Flies - William Golding - READ 03/9/12
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Plays

1. Agamemnon - Aeschylus - READ 28/1/15
2. Witness for the Prosecution - Agatha Christie - READ 24/4/15
3. The Cherry Orchard – Anton Chekhov - READ 6/8/13
4. The Birds - Aristophanes
5. Death of A Salesman - Arthur Miller
6. Doctor Faustus - Christopher Marlowe - READ 24/2/15
7. Medea - Euripides - READ 11/3/13
8. Saint Joan – George Bernard Shaw - READ 17/9/13
9. A Doll's House - Henrik Ibsen - READ 11/3/15
10. An Ideal Husband – Oscar Wilde - READ 28/06/13
11. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde - READ 30/7/12
12. Murder in the Cathedral - T.S. Elliot
13. A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare - READ 23/4/12
14. Antony and Cleopatra – William Shakespeare - READ 3/12/12
15. Coriolanus - William Shakespeare - READ 29/1/14
16. Julius Caesar – William Shakespeare - READ 13/11/12
17. Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare - READ 22/5/13
18. The Merchant of Venice – William Shakespeare - READ 17/12/12
19. King Lear - William Shakespeare - READ 5/2/13
20. Richard III - William Shakespeare - READ 5/7/13
21. The Taming of The Shrew - William Shakespeare - READ 8/4/13
22. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare - READ 6/9/13
23. Hamlet - William Shakespeare - READ 16/10/13
24. Macbeth - William Shakespeare - READ 27/2/15


Non Fiction

  1. The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila - St. Teresa of Avila - READ 27/9/13
  2. The Confessions - St. Augustine Hyppo - READ 26/1/15
  3. The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli - READ 21/5/14
  4. Roman Lives: A Selection of Eight Roman Lives - Plutarch - READ 7/2/14
  5. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon - READ 25/7/14
  6. The Dreyfuss Affair: J'Accuse & other stories - Emile Zola

Short Stories

1. The Three Strangers - Thomas Hardy
2. A Terribly Strange Bed - Wilkie Collins
3. The Half-Brothers - Elizabeth Gaskell
4. Julia Bride - Henry James
5. Brother Jacob - George Elliot
6. The Parson's Daughter of Oxney Colne - Anthony Trollope
7. The Purloined Letter - Edgar Allan Poe
8. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - F. Scott Fitzgerald


24 comments:

  1. Fabulous list! I will also be attempting to complete every Dickens novel I haven't already read for my Classics Club challenge.

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  2. @ o: Thanks for the visit!...
    @Diana: Yes, actually I will try to read all of Dickens books in 5 to 10 years. This project helps a lot!

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  3. Wow! I envy you reading Dickens for the first time. I think his books are so much fun. I hope your projects go well,both your reading classic project and your project to introduce these books to Indonesian readers.

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    1. Yes, I have read 3 Dickens so far, and I love his writings. Thanks for the encouragement, Sherry!

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  4. Awesome list. I look forward to following your progress.
    Blessings:)

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    1. Thanks Adriana for the visit :)
      I plan to read 2-3 classics each month, and will update the list every time I finish the review.

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  5. Great list, and I'm glad to have discovered your blog! :) I think it's especially great that you have it in English and Indonesian (I have a love of all things languagey!)

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    1. Thanks Adam. Glad that you like it, although it's quite tough sometimes to write one post in two languages, but I'll try my best. :)

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  6. Wow, mba Fanda, what a list you have here...I'd like to join you reading too :)

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    1. I'll be glad if you can join me, Yunie!

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  7. 1984 - orwell
    faust - goethe
    thus spoke zarathustra - nietsche
    shakespeare - hamlet, king lear, macbeth
    dante aligheri - divine comedy
    dostdoevsky - crime & punishment
    herman hesse - sidharta
    horatio alger - ragged dick

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    1. Thanks masukannya, akan aku masukin sebagian di listku deh..

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  8. Wow! What an ambitious list. Good luck to you!

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    1. Thanks Ruth, I definitely need as much encouragement as I can get to finish this ambitious project! :)

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  9. Good luck! North & South is a fave of mine :D

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    1. Thanks Tien! Many people like North & South, and it makes me more curious..

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  10. Wow, that's quite a list and you're making such great progress! I've got 50 on my list and hoping I can get through them all. Happy reading and glad to have found your blog, we have lots of books to read in common and I look forward to your reviews.

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  11. Hi, Fanda! I love your blog and your classics club. I have a question for you. I have already read a large percentage of the classic novels you have listed. (I am an English professor.) My background in history is not as strong, though, and I would like to read more. Would I qualify for the Classics Club if I read the history books listed in the Well-Educated Mind? Or are you more interested in works that are strictly literary?

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    1. Hi Debra, thanks for reading my blog! I think it is up to us (the member of The Classics Club project) to define what is classic. And there are a lot of history books that could be classified as classics too, so I think it's OK to participate in the club with history books. In my case, I haven't read many classics literature, so my list consists mostly of those literary books.

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  12. P.S. I see now that you have a history challenge that is separate from the classics challenge. Maybe I should just sign up for that!

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  13. It seems that we share a common project. What makes us different is that while you read them offhand for sole purpose of having your ambitions achieved, I read them as well as seeking their translation for the use of Indonesian readers in wide.

    Happy reading classics! It's the valuable legacies of old authors in old scenes

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