Classics and Best Sellers

I had a love/hate relationship with the classics in my past. As a school kid, I thought I loved them. As an uni student with an English major, I thought I hated them. So many of the selections didn't seem to live up to my optimistic expectations, but maybe having to write essays about them was enough to curb my enthusiasm. I'm ready to carefully stick my neck out again.

I've decided to go with the Classics Club Blog. Imagine a roulette wheel being spun, and you commit to reading the classic which corresponds to the number it lands on. Their website is here.

I've chosen an eclectic mix, which I'll tick off as I go. Some are Australian, because highlighting my own country is a patriotic thing to do. Some children's classics, some are modern, and some are books I'm returning to, having read them years ago and forgotten about them.

Here's a list, which I'll highlight as I tick them off my reading list.

1) Little Women
2) Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
3) The Metamorphosis
4) The Great Gatsby
5) The Woman in White
6) Matilda
7) The Flight of the Falcon
8) Tom's Midnight Garden
9) I Capture the Castle
10) Franny and Zooey
11) Ivanhoe
12) Children of the New Forest
13) Middlemarch
14) Walden
15) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
16) Around the World in 80 Days
17) The Optimist's Daughter
18) Wives and Daughters
19) Man's Search for Meaning
20) Great Expectations
21) The Screwtape Letters
22) Villette
23) Ethan Frame
24) Silas Marner
25) Waiting for Godot
26) A Streetcar named Desire
27) The Prince and the Pauper
28) Breakfast at Tiffany's
29) Death of a Salesman
30) The Phantom Tollbooth
31) The Invisible Man
32) The Magic Pudding
33) Poor Man's Orange
34) The One Day of the Year
35) The Getting of Wisdom
36) My Place
37) The Catcher in the Rye
38) The Old Man and the Sea
39) The Fountain Overflows
40) The Story of San Michele
41) The Milly Molly Mandy storybook
42) The Borrowers
43) Go Set a Watchman
44) The Moonstone
45) Pendennis
46) The Pickwick Papers
47) Jamaica Inn
48) Shirley
49) A Tangled Web
50) Educating Rita

I'll also include other classics and/or best sellers which I'm reading independently.  I'm going to put them under the microscope (well, my microscope), and explain whether or not I think they live up to their hype or long-standing popularity. I've roughly tried to keep the titles in alphabetical order.

Babette's Feast by Karen Blixen
Big Magic  by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
The Devil's Disciple by George Bernard Shaw
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Steadman
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
March  by Geraldine Brooks
The Martian by Andy Weir
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Pollyanna  by Eleanor H. Porter
Rebecca  by Daphne du Maurier
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Thirteenth Tale  by Diane Setterfield
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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