Making It to the Top: The Big 2-0-0…

Dear Reader:

Jillian has started a great new Classics Club over at Room of One’s Own.  Yay Classics!  And sorry – I accidentally hit publish when I meant to hit save draft – email subscribers, note that this post is/was not done…

The idea is that you set a personal goal of reading a certain number of classics (your choice how many 20 or 2000) by a certain date (we’re talking years here).  She suggested 100…  I said I could go for 200…  (and I think Jillian could probably go for 300 or 400 – she is on a mad classics tear, you go, girl!)

So, here is it is – my list additional classics out of which I pledge to complete by March 8, 2016 (if I counted my fingers right, that’s four years – 50/year).  Mind you, these are ALL books I currently own and have not read, at least not within the past 20 years.

I started out to just come up with 200, but realized this was a good chance to list all my classics that I own and hope to read sometime in the next few years.  There are 271, so if I hit an author I don’t like (and I have my suspicions as to who that might be) I can move onto someone else.  And I’m sure I’ll add to it – after this year, I won’t have my 20 book pledge, although I hope to continue to be selective and slow with my additions.

Now, this is a bit confusing in concert with my regular list…  so what I’m going to do is put a bold number in front (1)  – that is the number that the book is in the classics challenge (my 200) and then I’ll include the regular number in my list of books I’m reading after like this: 1)  And then afterward you’ll sometimes see yet another number in bold – these are books I bought this year….  Yes, there are three numbering systems!  Confusing, but it works for me.

My Classics Club List* (note that I may have read and posted on other books by these authors – see my “big” blog list):

* Defined by Jillian as at least 25 years old and something you consider a classic.  Note, I cheated a bit with authors I want to read who have stuff that is 25+ years old, but also more recent – I kept their books together below, defining them all as classics.

Harriet A. Adams

1)  196) Dawn by Harriet A. Adams (kindle)

Lousia May Alcott

2)  170) Little Women by Lousia May Alcott (kindle copy for Feminist Classics challenge) #33

3)  197) Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis (hard copy)

4)  198) Winesberg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson (hard copy)

5)  199) Emma by Jane Austen (hard copy)

6)  200) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (hard copy)

7)  201) Lady Susan by Jane Austen (kindle)

8)  202) Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (kindle)

9)  203) Persusasion by Jane Austen (kindle)

10)  204) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (kindle)

508) Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin (kindle, library)  Yes!

Honore de Balzac

11)  124) Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac (hard copy)

12)  166) Balzac by Stefan Zweig (hard copy) #31

13)  205) The Marriage Contract by Honore de Balzac (kindle)

14)  206) Seraphita by Honore de Balzac (kindle)

15)  207) The Lily of the Valleyby Honore de Balzac (kindle)

16)  208) An Historical Mystery by Honore de Balzac (kindle)

17)  209) The Hated Son by Honore de Balzac (kindle)

18)  210) Ferragus by Honore de Balzac (kindle)

19)  211) The Girl with the Golden Eyes by Honore de Balzac (kindle)

20)  212) The Country Doctor by Honore de Balzac (kindle)

21)  213) The Commission in Lunacy by Honore de Balzac (kindle)

22) 214) Catherine de Medici by Honore de Balzac (kindle)

23)  215) Bureaucracy by Honore de Balzac (kindle)

24)  216) The Muse of the Department by Honore de Balzac (kindle)

25)  217) An Old Maid by Honore de Balzac (kindle)

Jane Austen

199) Emma by Jane Austen (hard copy)

200) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (hard copy)

201) Lady Susan by Jane Austen (kindle)

202) Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (kindle)

203) Persuasion by Jane Austen (kindle)

204) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (kindle)

508) Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin (kindle, library)

Frank Baum

25)  218) The Complete Wizard of Oz Collection by Frank Baum (kindle)

Giovanni Boccaccio

26)  219) The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio (hard copy)

Arnold Bennett

27)  220) Anna of the Five Towns by Arnold Bennett (hard copy)

Saul Bellow

28)  221) Mr. Sammler’s Planet by Saul Bellow (hard copy)

29)  222) The Adventures of Augie March   by Saul Bellow (hard copy)

30)  223) Dangling Man by Saul Bellow (hard copy)   Yes!

31)  224) Seize the Day by Saul Bellow (hard copy)

Edward Bellamy

32)  225) Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy (hard copy)

Elizabeth Bowen

33)  12) The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen (1981, Ecco Edition 1989)

34)  193) The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen (hard copy)  Yes!

35)  194)  The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen (hard copy)

36)  195)  The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen (hard copy)  Yes!

Paul Bowles

37)  226) Without Stopping by Paul Bowles (hard copy)

38) 227)The Time of Friendship by Paul Bowles (hard copy)

Anne Bronte

39)  228) Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte (hard copy)

40)  229) The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte (hard copy)

Charlotte Bronte

41)  228) Shirley by Charlotte Bronte (kindle)

42)  229) Villette by Charlotte Bronte (hard copy)

43)  230) The Professor by Charlotte Bronte (kindle)

44)  231) The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell (kindle)

45)  169) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (hard copy, for Feminist Classics challenge)

Emily Bronte

46)  232) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (hard copy)

Willa Cather:

47)  1) K One of Ours (1922)

48)  2) K A Lost Lady (1923)

49)  3) HC Death Comes for the Archbishop (originally published in 1927, my copy is Knopf 1959)

50)  4) HC Shadows on the Rock (Knopf [printing error on the frontispiece] 1931)

51)  5) K Lucy Gayheart (1935)

52)  6) HC Sapphira and the Slave Girl (Knopf [first edition] 1940 – her last novel)

Cather short story collections that I own but have not read:

53)  7) K The Troll Garden (1905 – should be interesting as this would be her earliest work, predating Alexander’s Bridge (1912) which is the earliest work of hers I’ve read)

54)  8) K Youth and the Bright Medusa (1920)

55)  9) HC Obscure Destinies (Knopf [first edition] 1932)

Anton Chekhov (one of my fave writers, I have tons of his stuff for free on my kindle, but there are endless different short story collections, only listed my hard copy versions)

56)  233) The Complete Short Novels by Anton Chekhov Trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky (hard copy)

57)  244) The Chekhov Omnibus: Selected Stories by Anton Chekhov Trans. by Constance Garnett (hard copy)

58)  245) About Love And Other Stories by Anton Chekhov Trans. by Rosamund Bartlett (hard copy)

59)  246) The Shooting Party by Anton Chekhov Trans. by Ronald Wilks (hard copy)

60)  247) Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov Trans. by Tyrone Guthrie (hard copy)

61)  248) The Plays of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov Trans. by unknown. (hard copy)

62)  249) Love and Other Stories: The Tales of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov Trans. Constance Garnett (hard copy)

GK Chesterton

63)  250) The Man Who Was Thursday    by GK Chesterton (kindle)

64)  251) The Defendant    by GK Chesterton (kindle)

65)  252) The Ball and the Cross  by GK Chesterton (kindle)

66)  253) All Things Considered  by GK Chesterton (kindle)

67)  254) The Man Who Knew Too Much  by GK Chesterton (kindle)

68)  255) The Wisdom of Father Brown  by GK Chesterton (kindle)

69)  265) The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever (hard copy)

Kate Chopin

70)  256) The Awakening by Kate Chopin  (hard copy) Yes!

Joseph Conrad

71)  257) Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad (hard copy)

72)  258) The Rescue by Joseph Conrad (kindle)

73)  259) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (kindle)

Daniel Defoe

74)  260) Robinson Crusoe and A Journal of a Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (hard copy)

Charles Dickens

75)  261) Pickwick Papers  by Charles Dickens (hard copy)

76)  262) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (hard copy)

77)  263) Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (hard copy)

78)  264) Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens (hard copy)

Margaret Drabble

79)  266) The Realms of Gold  by Margaret Drabble (hard copy)

80)  267) The Needle’s Eye  by Margaret Drabble (hard copy)

81)  268) The Millstone  by Margaret Drabble (hard copy)

82)  269) The Radiant Way  by Margaret Drabble (hard copy)

83)  270) The Witch of Exmoor by Margaret Drabble (hard copy)

84)  271) The Red Queen by Margaret Drabble (hard copy)

85) 272) The Seven Sisters by Margaret Drabble (hard copy)

86)  273) The Sea Lady by Margaret Drabble (hard copy)

Isak Dinesen

87)  274) Winter’s Tales by Isak Dinesen (hard copy)

Theodore Dreiser

88)  275) Twelve Men by Theodore Dreiser (kindle)

89)  276) Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser (kindle)

90)  277) An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser (kindle)

Alexandre Dumas

90)1280) Black Tulipby Alexandre Dumas (hard copy)

George Eliot

92) 142) Middlemarch by George Eliot (hard copy)

93)  143) Adam Bede by George Eliot (hard copy)

94)  278) Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (kindle)

95)  279) The Lifted Veil by George Eliot (kindle)

Edna Ferber

96) 281) Cimarron by Edna Ferber (hard copy)

Henry Fielding

97) 282) The History of Tom Jones: A Foundling by Henry Fielding (hard copy)

Ruth Fenisong

98) 283) Dead Yesterday by Ruth Fenisong (hard copy mystery)

F. Scott Fitzgerald

99) 284) Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald (hard copy)

100) 285) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (hard copy)

101) 286) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (hard copy)

102) 287) Great Novels (Penguin Island, The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard, The Revolt of the Angels) by Anatole France (hard copy)

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (kindle)

103) 280) Ruth

104) 281)The Moorland Cottage

105) 283) An Accursed Race

106) 284) The Half-Brothers

107) 285) A Dark Night’s Work

108) 286) My Lady Ludlow

109) 287) Cranford

110) 98) Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (hard copy)

Helen R. Hull

111) 178) Islanders by Helen R. Hull (hard copy) #36

112) 185) Quest by Helen R. Hull, 1922 (hard copy) #37

113) 186) Labyrinth by Helen R. Hull (hard copy) #38   Yes!

114) 187) Last September by Helen R. Hull (hard copy – generous gift from Pat – thanks!)  Yes!

115) 188) A Tapping on the Wall by Helen R. Hull (hard copy) #39

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

116) 288) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (hard copy)

117) 289) Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (hard copy)

118) 290) Collected Stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (hard copy)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

119) 291) The Sorrows of Young Werther and Selected Writings by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (hard copy)

120) 292) Elective Affinities by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (hard copy)

121) 293) Faust  by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (kindle)

122) 294) Egmont by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (kindle)

Nikolai Gogol

123) 295) Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol (hard copy)

124) 296) The Complete Tales of Nikolai Gogol by Nikolai Gogol (hard copy)

Graham Greene

125) 297) Monsignor Quixote by Graham Greene (hard copy)

126) 298) The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene (hard copy)

Knut Hamson

127) 299) The Last Joy by Knut Hamsun (hard copy)

Thomas Hardy

128) 297) Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy (kindle)

129) 299) The Hand of Ethelberta by Thomas Hardy (kindle)

130) 300) The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy (kindle)

131) 301) Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy (hard copy)

132) 302) The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy (hard copy)

Ann Hood

134) 303) Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine by Ann Hood (hard copy)


135) 304) The Illiad by Homer (hard copy)

Lu Hsun

136) 305) The Stories of Lu Hsun by Lu Hsun (hard copy)

Henrik Ibsen

137) 306) Plays: One by Ibsen (hard copy)

138) 307) Plays: Two by Ibsen (hard copy)

Henry James

139) 162) The Tragic Muse by Henry James (hard copy) #27

140) 308) The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Fiction by Henry James (hard copy)

141) 309) The Wings of the Dove by Henry James (hard copy)

142) 310) The American by Henry James (hard copy)

143) 311) The Ambassadors by Henry James (hard copy)

144) 312) The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (hard copy)

145) 313) The Awkward Age by Henry James (kindle)

Sarah Orne Jewett

146) 314) The Country Doctor by Sarah Orne Jewett (hard copy)

147) 315) Old Friends and New by Sarah Orne Jewett (kindle)

148) 316) The Life of Nancy by Sarah Orne Jewett (kindle)

149) 317) Strangers and Wayfarers by Sarah Orne Jewett (kindle)

150) 318) The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett (kindle)

151) 319) Deephaven and Selected Stories and Sketches by Sarah Orne Jewett (kindle)

152) 320) Travels in West Africa by Sarah Orne Jewett (kindle)

Rudyard Kipling

153) 321) Barrack Room Ballads and Verses and The Phantom Rickshaw by Rudyard Kipling (hard copy)

154) 322) The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (kindle)

155) 323) Kim by Rudyard Kipling (kindle)

Nella Larsen

156) 324) Quicksand by Nella Larsen (hard copy)

Haldor Laxness

157) 325) Independent People by Halldor Laxness (hard copy)

Madeleine L’Engle

158) 326) The Small Rain by Madeleine L’Engle (hard copy)

Amy Le Feuvre

159) 327) Probably Sons by Amy Le Feuvre (kindle)

Gaston Leroux

160) 328) Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (kindle)

Doris Lessing

161) 329) The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing (hard copy)

Jakov Lind

162) 161) Soul of Wood by Jakov Lind (hard copy) #26

H.P. Lovecraft

163) 330) The Collected Stories of H.P. Lovecraft by H.P. Lovecraft (kindle)

Katherine Mansfield

164) 338) In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield (kindle)

165) 339) The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield (kindle)

Ngaio Marsh
166) 33) Colour scheme HC

Moe Martinson

167) 340) Women and Appletrees by Moa Martinson (hard copy)

W. Somerset Maugham

168) 341) The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham (hard copy)

Guy de Maupassant

169) 342) The Works of Maupassant by Guy de Maupassant (hard copy)

Alice McDermott

170) 343) The Bigamist’s Daughter by Alice McDermott (hard copy)

171) 344)That Night by Alice McDermott (hard copy)

Carson McCullers

172) 345) The Ballad of the Sad Cafe and Other Stories by Carson McCullers (hard copy)

173) 346) The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (hard copy)

174) 347) Clock without Hands by Carson McCullers (hard copy)

175) 348) The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers (hard copy)

176) 349) Reflections in a Golden Eye by Carson McCullers (hard copy)

Nellie McClung

177) 350) Purple Springs by Nellie L. McClung (kindle)

L.T. Meade

178) 351) A Sweet Girl Graduate by L.T. Meade (kindle)

Herman Melville

179) 352) Moby Dick, or, The Whale by Herman Melville (kindle)

A.A. Milne

180) 353) The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne (kindle)

Lucy Maude Montgomery

181) 354) Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery (kindle) I actually have about 10 of her books, but didn’t feel like typing them all in and not sure I want to read them ALL soon…

Iris Murdoch

182) 355) A Word Child by Iris Murdoch (kindle)

183) 356) The Nice and the Good by Iris Murdoch (hard copy)

184) 357) The Book and the Brotherhood by Iris Murdoch (hard copy)

Abraham Myerson

185) 358) The Nervous Housewife by Abraham Myerson (hard copy)

Magdelan Nabb

186) 34) Death of an Englishman HC

Gloria Naylor

187) 359) Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor (hard copy)


188) 360) The River Between by Ngugi (hard copy)

Kathleen Norris

189) 361)The Venerables by Kathleen Norris (hard copy)

Eugene O’Neill

190) 362) Strange Interlude by Eugene O’Neill (hard copy)

Baroness Emmuska Orczy

191) 363) The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy (kindle)

192) 364) The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy (kindle)

193) 365) The Elusive Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy (kindle)


194) 366) Metamorphoses by Ovid (kindle)

Grace Paley

195) 367) Enormous Changes at the Last Minute by Grace Paley (hard copy)

Dorothy Parker

196) 368) Dorothy Parker Stories by Dorothy Parker (hard copy)

Thomas Love Peacock

197) 369) Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock (kindle)

Marge Piercy

198) 370) Vida by Marge Piercy (hard copy)

199) 371) Dance the Eagle to Sleep by Marge Piercy (hard copy)

200) 372) The High Cost of Living Marge Piercy (hard copy)

Christine Pizan

201) 171) The Book of the City of Ladies by Christine Pizan (kindle copy for Feminist Classics challenge) #34

Syliva Plath

487) Ariel by Sylvia Plath (hard copy)  Yes!

Marcel Proust

202) 373) Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust (hard copy)

203) 374) In the Shadow of Young girls in Flower by Marcel Proust (hard copy)

204) 375) The Guermantes Way by Marcel Proust (hard copy)

205) 376) Sodom and Gomorrah by Marcel Proust (hard copy)

206) 377) The Captive and the Fugitive by Marcel Proust (hard copy)

207) 378) The Past Recaptured by Marcel Proust (hard copy)

Alexander Pushkin

208) 379) Works of Alexander Pushkin by Pushkin (kindle)

Barbara Pym

209) 80) A Glass of Blessings by Barbara Pym (HC, 1958)

2XX) 519) Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (had copy) #52  Yes!

Samuel Richardson

210) 380) Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

John Ruskin

277) 503) King of Golden River by John Ruskin, 1900 (hard copy, Ariel Booklets)   Yes!

May Sarton

A Grain of Mustard Seed by May Sarton 1971 (hard copy)

Sjowall and Wahloo
211) 43) The man on the balcony HC

Muriel Spark

212) 381) The Comforters,

500) The Ballad of Peckham Rye,

501) Memento Mori by Muriel Sparks (hard copy)

213) 382) The Finishing School by Muriel Spark (hard copy)


214) 383) The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal (kindle)

215) 384) The Red and the Black by Stendhal (hard copy)

216) 385) Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (kindle)

217) 386) The Home and the World by Tagore (hard copy)

William Makepeace Thackeray

218) 387) Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

219) 164) Pendennis by William Makepeace Thackeray (hard copy) #29

Leo Tolstoy

220) 388) Great Short Works of Tolstoy by Leo Tolstoy (hard copy)

221) 389) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (hard copy)

222) 390) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (hard copy)

Anthony Trollope

223) 136) Autobiography by Anthony Trollope (kindle, free book) (#17)

224) 146) Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope (hard copy)

225) 147) Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope (hard copy)

226) 148) The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope (hard copy)

227) 149) The Last Chronicle at Barset by Anthony Trollope (hard copy)

228) 158) Can you forgive her? by Anthony Trollope (hard copy) #23

229) 159) The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope (hard copy) #24

Ivan Turgenev

230) 392) The Novels and Stories of Ivan Turgenieff:A Reckless Character by Turgenev (hard copy)

231) 393) Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev (hard copy)

232) 394) Smoke by Ivan Turgenev (hard copy)

233) 395) On the Eve by Ivan Turgenev (hard copy)

234) 396) First Love by Ivan Turgenev (hard copy)

235) 397) A Month in the Country by Ivan Turgenev (hard copy)

Sigrid Undset

236) 398) Gunnar’s Daughter by Sigrid Undset (hard copy)


237) 399) Candide by Voltaire (hard copy)

Elizabeth Von Arnim

238) 163) Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim (hard copy) #28

The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim (Kindle)    Yes!

Mildred Walker

239) 400) Fireweed by Mildred Walker (hard copy)

240) 401) The Curlew’s Cry by Mildred Walker (hard copy)

241) 402) The Quarry by Mildred Walker (hard copy)

242) 403) Light from Arcturus by Mildred Walker (hard copy)

HG Wells

243) 404) The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells (kindle)

Eudora Welty

244) 56) One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty (HC) #1

245) 57) The Optimists Daughter by Eudora Welty (HC)

246) 58) The Ponder Heart by Eudora Welty (HC)   Yes!

Edith Wharton

247) 154) Edith Wharton by Hermione Lee (hard copy, Wharton’s 150th birthday) #19

248) 405) The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (hard copy)

249) 406) The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton (hard copy)

250) 407) The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (hard copy)

251) 408) Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton (hard copy)

Dorothy Whipple

252) 179) The Other Day: The World of a Child by Dorothy Whipple (autobiography, hard copy, library)

253) 180) Random Commentary (compiled from notebooks and journals from 1925 onwards) by Dorothy Whipple (hard copy, library)

Virginia Woolf

254) 409) The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf (kindle)

255) 410) Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf (kindle)

256) 411) Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (kindle)

Emile Zola

257) 412) The Three Cities Trilogy: Paris, Rome, Lourdes (four books) by Emile Zola (kindle)

Open Letter Press Books in Translation

258) 105) The Conquerer by Jan Kjaerstad

259) 106) Vilnius Poker by Richardas Gavelis

260) 107) The Taker and Other Stories by Rubem Fonseca

261) 108) The Museum of Eterna’s Novel (The First Good Novel) by Macedonio Fernandez

262) 109) The Sailor from Gilbraltar by Marguerite Duras

263) 111) The Ambassador by Bragi Olafsson

264) 112) Gasoline by Quim Monzo

265) 114) Klausen by Andreas Maker

266) 115) Ergo by Jakov Lind

267) 116) To Hell with Cronje by Ingrid Winterbach

268) 117) Nobody’s Home by Dubravka Ugresic

269) 118) The Sixty-Five Years of Washington by Juan Jose Saer

270) 119) Death in Spring by Merce Rodoreda

271) 121) The Golden Calf by Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov

Whew!  That was a lot of work, but also fun.  I’ve never seen my list of classics, that I own, written up like this.  These are most of the books I want to read in my lifetime – or at least authors I want to read deeply.  And if you made it this far, but you had doubts about why I needed a blog to rein in my purchases and acquisitions, now you understand!

Happy Reading!  Ruby


  1. First, I like the new blog look. 🙂

    Second, some lovely, some intense reads on this list…I personally got great enjoyment out of the Frank Baum series; read it so many years ago I’ve been thinking I should re-read them and see if I enjoy the books as much this time through.

    Happy reading indeed (cause “happy” is always the first world that comes to mind with Conrad’s Heart of Darkness…)

    • Hi: Thanks – I posted it accidentally before it was ready.

      I started out to list my 200 and then thought what the heck, let’s just put down all the classics I own that I plan to read – so it isn’t done.

      I thought I’d give the Conrad and Greene a go as they ARE on my shelves, but I’m anticipating “not love at first page.” Thanks, Ruby

  2. TBM

    I’m joining this challenge as well but haven’t posted yet. So excited. Good luck and happy reading!

    • Hi TBM: Thanks so much for stopping by – I’m glad you are joining in and look forward to hearing more about what you are reading! Ruby

  3. Jillian ♣

    HI Ruby! WOW — that’s a huge list!!

    Have you read Villette yet? That’s one of my favorites. As much as I adore Jane Eyre, I think in my heart I favor Villette. I”ve got Shorley, The Professor, and The Life of Charlotte Bronte on my list.

    I’m so excited you’ve joined! I hope this helps make a mighty dent in your list. 😀

    • Hi Jillian: Thanks! for stopping by. I perused your list and we have lots of overlap – it will be fun to read how we respond to the same books, thanks again for hosting, Ruby

  4. I’m inspired by the number of twentieth-century classics on your list (I have a hard time straying from the Victorians). I hope you enjoy Anne Bronte. Tenant is a favourite of mine, though I love Agnes Grey too. It makes me a bit sad that she doesn’t get the same readerly love her sisters do — she’s vastly underrated.

    • Hi Diana: Thanks for stopping by! I share your empathy for neglected authors. I haven’t read anything by Anne yet and look forward to making her acquaintance. Happy Reading, Ruby

  5. I can definitely recommend Chesterton, Trollope, and Thackeray. Many of the others either look interesting or are old favorites, too. Happy reading to you.

    • Hi Sherry: Thanks for stopping by! I’ve read a little Chesterton years ago and found him very witty – I look forward to more of him. I love Trollope and have a couple feet of his books piled up waiting me. Thackeray is going to new to me, good to hear that you like him too. All the best, Ruby


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