At very nearly the half way mark in my five year long classic club challenge – I am doing pretty well – in some respects. I do have a nasty habit of tinkering around with my list – it now stands at 185! – but no longer contains any books I consider really scary. I am pretty sure I wasn’t supposed to mess around with my list once it was made – but I really can’t leave it alone. There are quite a number of re-reads, many first time reads and naturally enough a huge number of Virago Modern Classics, there are books by favourite writers, and books by people I have never read before. Near enough two and a half years in, and I am still as enthusiastic as ever about the Classic Club. These days I am passionate about twentieth century classics, but remain an enormous Thomas Hardy fan, and have renewed my love for Jane Austen and the Brontes.
According to my dodgy maths (it’s possible I mis-counted) – I have 78 books on the list still to read I have just over two and half years left to do it – 31months makes just over 2.5 books each month for the remaining two years seven months – it’s doable –although is complicated by the fact that several of the books I don’t actually own (yet). I am going to try very, very hard now, to not add to or take anything off my list, but I admit when I was looking at it earlier I couldn’t help but feel tempted to add another 15 books to the list to make a nice round 200, but decided I would leave things as they are. Another fifteen books might just see me fail to complete the challenge – as I can’t help but notice that several of the ones I have yet to read are fairly fat books.
I have loved the books I have read so far for the Classic Club, too many stand out books to mention – some old favourites I revisited for the first time in years, and some new surprises. I have just finished re-reading Frankenstein, the fourth or fifth time I have read it, (review in a few days) and when I have finished writing this post, I am off to bed with Four Frightened People by E Arnot Robertson a novel which propelled the author to literary stardom, such was its acclaim when it was first published in 1931.
Are you a classic clubber – how are you doing?