7 Reasons Why You Should Be Reading Books

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the classics club

Jillian over at A Room of One’s Own started this awesome online book club of sorts called the The Classics Club. It’s a challenge to read and blog about the classics!

The rules are simple:

  1. Make a list of at least 50 literary works to finish in up to 5 years. These can include fiction, non-fiction, plays, short stories, essays, etc.
  2. Set a deadline to complete your reading list.
  3. Blog about each book after you’re finished with it.
  4. Choose a prize to reward yourself with at the end.

Super awesome challenge for a bookworm such as myself! So I’ve put together a list of classics. Some are re-reads like some favorites from childhood (Anne of Green Gables, A Little Princess…) some I listened to as audiobooks but never actually read in print (Jane Eyre, Persuasion…) and a few authors are a bit daunting but I’m determined to at least try (Dostoyevsky, Gibbon, Tolstoy…).

50 Classics

(alphabetical by author)

  1. Little Women//Louisa May Alcott
  2. Old Fashioned Girl//Louisa May Alcott
  3. Pride & Prejudice//Jane Austen
  4. Persuasion//Jane Austen
  5. Northanger Abbey//Jane Austen
  6. Go Tell it On the Mountain//James Baldwin
  7. Jane Eyre//Charlotte Bronte
  8. The Pilgrim’s Progress//John Bunyan
  9. A Little Princess Frances Hodgson Burnett
  10. Mildred Pierce//James A. Cain
  11. Don Quixote//Miguel de Cervantes
  12. The Count of Monte Cristo//Alexandre Dumas
  13. Little Dorrit//Charles Dickens
  14. The Old Curiosity Shop//Charles Dickens
  15. The Brothers Karamazov//Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  16. Crime and Punishment//Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  17. The Narrative of Fredrick Douglas
  18. An American Tragedy//Theodore Dreiser
  19. Invisible Man//Ralph Ellison
  20. Silas Marner//George Elliot
  21. As I Lay Dying//William Faulkner
  22. The Great Gatsby//F. Scott Fitzgerald
  23. The Autobiography of Ben Franklin
  24. Cranford//Elizabeth Gaskell
  25. North & South//Elizabeth Gaskell
  26. The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire//Edward Gibbon
  27. The Wind in the Willows//Kenneth Graham
  28. Tess of D’Urbervilles//Thomas Hardy
  29. For Whom the Bell Tolls//Ernest Hemingway
  30. Les Miserables//Victor Hugo
  31. Portrait of a Lady//Henry James
  32. To Kill a Mockingbird//Harper Lee
  33. The Scarlet Letter//Nathaniel Hawthorne
  34. Moby Dick//Herman Melville
  35. Gone With the Wind//Margaret Mitchell
  36. Anne of Green Gables//Lucy Maud Montgomery
  37. The Scarlet Pimpernel//Baroness Orczy
  38. Pygmalion//George Bernard Shaw
  39. The Grapes of Wrath//John Steinbeck
  40. Of Mice and Men//John Steinbeck
  41. Anna Karenina//Leo Tolstoy
  42. The Warden//Anthony Trollope
  43. Around the World in 80 Days//Jules Verne
  44. The Color Purple//Alice Walker
  45. Ben Hur//Lew Wallace
  46. The Age of Innocence//Edith Wharton
  47. The Importance of Being Ernest//Oscar Wilde
  48. Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder
  49. A Streetcar Named Desire//Tennessee Williams
  50. Mrs. Dalloway//Virginia Woolf

UPDATED LIST

My deadline should be exactly 5 years from today, July 3, 2017 but I’m going to change it to my 25th birthday in a few years (well under the 5 year mark!). I want to finish all these books by the time I’m 25!! Right now, I’m just hoping to make it through Ben Hur. I was required to read it in 8th grade and was BORED OUT OF MY MIND! Now I’m thinking, “Elyssa, you’re an adult now, you should be able to get through it with less pain and perhaps even enjoy it!”

Anyone else have a reading challenge they’re working on? If not, consider this one! It should prove to be lots of fun!!

Happy Reading!!