“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”
― Italo Calvino
On March 24, 2012 I started joining the most ambitious reading project ever—The Classics Club Project. At the beginning, I challenged myself to read 100 classics in 5 years, which meant I needed to read 20 books every year. Well, on the first two years I only managed to read 18 and 16 books, respectively, and the number declined significantly in the following two years to only 5 and 6 books.
Being aware of my own limitations, I made a huge cut in my Classics Club list—now it only contains 60 books. As of today, I have 12 books left to read (that’s the last 20% of the list) before the end date of this project: March 24, 2017.
Here are the books I plan to read to finish off the 5-year-long Classics Club Project, in no particular order:
- The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
- War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
- The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis
- The Diary of A Young Girl – Anne Frank
- Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery
- Villette – Charlotte Bronte
- The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
- Good Wives – Louisa May Alcott
- Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
- The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
- Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ – Lew Wallace
Alternatives, if I’m unable to finish any of the titles above:
- Book 3-7 from The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
- A play from Oscar Wilde (looks like it’s going to be An Ideal Husband)
- Mary Poppins – P.L. Travers
Of course the books on the above list are subject to change whenever I feel like it :D.
I will also read some Indonesian classics that I don’t include in the Classics Club list:
- Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang (Dutch: Door Duisternis tot Licht) – Raden Adjeng Kartini – currently reading
- Bumi Manusia – Pramoedya Ananta Toer
- Harimau! Harimau! – Mochtar Lubis
To see the books I have read and reviewed for The Classics Club Project, go to this post.
Now, I have a lot of
books to read work to do! Wish me luck!