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 165 classics from 8 March 2012 to 8 March 2017:

Progress: 78/165 (last updated 10/9/14)

  1. Possession - A.S. Byatt
  2. Aesop's Fables - Aesop - READ 27/1/14
  3. The Plague - Albert Camus
  4. The Stranger - Albert Camus
  5. The Three Musketeers (Re-read)  - Alexandre Dumas - READ 18/3/13
  6. The Man in the Iron Mask - Alexandre Dumas - READ 7/5/12
  7. Twenty Years After - Alexandre Dumas - READ 31/7/12
  8. La Reine Margot - Alexandre Dumas
  9. The Color Purple - Alice Walker - READ 31/5/12
  10. The Mysteries of Udolpho - Ann Radcliffe
  11. Black Beauty - Anna Sewell - READ 25/6/12
  12. Mahabharata (Mythology) - Anonymous - READ 20/8/12
  13. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Bronte
  14. The Way We Live Now  - Anthony Trollope
  15. Courrier du Sud (Southern Mail) - Antoinne de Saint-Exupery - READ 11/9/12
  16. Terre des Hommes - Antoinne de Saint-Exupery - READ 13/2/14
  17. The Hound of the Baskervilles - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - READ 6/6/14
  18. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith - READ 23/10/13
  19. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
  20. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens - READ 12/12/13
  21. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens - READ 7/12/12
  22. Hard Times- Charles Dickens
  23. Little Dorrit - Charles Dickens - READ 22/2/13
  24. Martin Chuzzlewit - Charles Dickens
  25. Nicholas Nickleby - Charles Dickens
  26. Our Mutual Friend - Charles Dickens
  27. Sketches by Boz - Charles Dickens - READ 18/6/12
  28. The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Charles Dickens - READ 26/2/13
  29. The Old Curiosity Shop - Charles Dickens - READ 16/7/12
  30. The Pickwick Papers - Charles Dickens
  31. Barnaby Rudge - Charles Dickens
  32. The Origin of Species - Charles Darwin
  33. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  34. Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
  35. Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe - READ 19/9/12
  36. Inferno - Dante Alighieri - READ 21/6/13
  37. Purgatorio - Dante Alighieri - READ 2/8/13
  38. Howard's End  - E.M. Forster
  39. Ethan Frome  - Edith Wharton
  40. The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton - READ 10/9/14
  41. The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
  42. Greyfriars Bobby - Eleanor Atkinson - READ 29/10/14
  43. Mary Barton - Elizabeth Gaskell
  44. North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
  45. Germinal - Emile Zola - READ 31/8/12
  46. L’Assommoir - Emile Zola - READ 2/4/12
  47. La Bete Humaine  - Emile Zola - READ 22/4/13
  48. The Earth - Emile Zola
  49. The Kill - Emile Zola - READ 22/4/14
  50. The Masterpiece - Emile Zola - READ 15/4/13
  51. The Conquest of the Plassans - Emile Zola
  52. The Debacle - Emile Zola - READ 7/8/14
  53. Nana - Emile Zola - READ 29/4/14
  54. Pot Luck - Emile Zola
  55. Money - Emile Zola
  56. A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway - READ 30/8/13
  57. The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway - READ 21/1/13
  58. From Whom The Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
  59. Tender is The Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald - READ 22/9/14
  60. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald - READ 17/5/13
  61. The Trial - Franz Kafka
  62. The Man Who Was Thursday - G.K. Chesterton
  63. The Innocence Father Brown - G.K. Chesterton
  64. The Mill on The Floss - George Elliot - READ 29/4/13
  65. Notes from Underground - Fyodor Dostoyevsky - READ 28/12/13
  66. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  67. 1984 - George Orwell
  68. Animal Farms - George Orwell
  69. Bel-Ami - Guy de Maupassant
  70. Guy de Maupassant's short story collections - READ 28/11/13
  71. The War of the Worlds  - H.G. Wells
  72. Nobody's Boy - Hector Marlot - READ 15/5/12
  73. The Portrait of A Lady - Henry James - READ 28/1/13
  74. A Golden Bowl - Henry James
  75. The Walden  - Henry David Thoreau
  76. Siddharta - Hermann Hesse
  77. Moby Dick - Herman Melville - READ 6/12/13
  78. Pere Goriot - Honore de Balzac
  79. The Palace of Dreams - Ismail Kadare - READ 10/8/12
  80. If On A Winter's Night A Traveler - Italo Calvino - READ 23/6/14
  81. The Call of the Wild - Jack London
  82. Last of the Mohicans - James Fenimore Cooper - READ 26/5/14
  83. A Portrait of The Artist As A Young Man - James Joyce
  84. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen - READ 29/8/14
  85. The Sorrows of Young Werther - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  86. The Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan
  87. The Cider House Rules - John Irving
  88. Cannery Row - John Steinbeck
  89. The Grapes of Wrath  - John Steinbeck
  90. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
  91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad - READ 21/12/12
  92. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kessey
  93. Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
  94. Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingals Wilder
  95. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy - READ 28/8/13
  96. Ben Hur - Lew Wallace
  97. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
  98. Cicero's Selected Works - Marcus Tullius Cicero
  99. Defence Speeches - Marcus Tullius Cicero
  100. The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood
  101. Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell - READ 8/11/12
  102. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou - READ 30/6/14
  103. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes - READ 2/4/14
  104. Max Havelaar - Multatuli
  105. The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne - READ 6/11/12
  106. The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde - READ 29/6/12
  107. This Earth of Mankind - Pramoedya Ananta Toer
  108. Invisible Man - Ralph Waldo Ellison
  109. Matilda - Roald Dahl - READ 2/10/13
  110. Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson - READ 19/9/13
  111. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson - READ 19/10/12
  112. Just So Stories - Rudyard Kippling - READ 1/4/13
  113. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kippling
  114. Rashomon - Ryunosuke Akutagawa
  115. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - READ 22/5/12
  116. Ivanhoe - Sir Walter Scott
  117. Tess of d'Urberville - Thomas Hardy
  118. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
  119. The Return of the Native - Thomas Hardy
  120. Le Morte D'Arthur - Thomas Malory
  121. Beloved - Toni Morrison - READ 31/10/12
  122. Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison - READ 20/12/13
  123. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote - READ 30/05/13
  124. Mrs. Dalloway  - Virginia Woolf - READ 25/3/13
  125. Candide - Voltaire - READ 28/2/13
  126. Of Human Bondage - W. Somerset Maugham - READ 22/10/14
  127. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
  128. The Unvanquished - William Faulkner
  129. The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner
  130. Lord of the Flies - William Golding - READ 03/9/12
  131. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
  132. My Antonia - Willa Cather
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Plays

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


Non Fiction

  1. The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila - St. Teresa of Avila - READ 27/9/13
  2. Confessions - St. Augustine
  3. City of God - St. Augustine
  4. The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli - READ 21/5/14
  5. Roman Lives: A Selection of Eight Roman Lives - Plutarch - READ 7/2/14
  6. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon - READ 25/7/14

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


23 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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