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message 1: by Rachel Jorquera , Moderator (last edited Dec 29, 2017 09:19PM) (new)

Rachel Jorquera  (racheljorquera) | 3018 comments Mod
Many have asked about what a "classic" is and what is classified as a classic or not: a Classic novel is one in which that is note-worthy, well-known and exemplary. There are many ways to classify one, one by the book, one by the author... it just depends on what you are looking at. They are widely recognized as a classic as they are timeless, taught through the years and are essentials in that median.

Here are a few lists in which you can scroll through and see if you can pull a few books from!

Required Reading for High School
- I know it is for high schoolers, but most and a lot of these books are the top classified classic novels.

Popular Classics
- More of a wider genre of classics

Stages
Please pick from a stage, you can edit as you read more!

Stage One
Read 1-5 classic books

Stage Two
Read 6-10 classic books

Stage Three
Read 11-15 classic books

Stage Four
Read 16- 20 classic books

Stage Five
Read 21-25 classic books

Stage Six
Read 26-30 classic books

Stage Seven
Read 30 books and more.

Rules
If you are/were within 50 pages of completion on January 1st, 2015, the books is all game!

You can use classics for other challenges! So yes - double up on books!

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Duration
January 1st, 2018 through January 1st, 2019


message 2: by Rachel Jorquera , Moderator (last edited Oct 01, 2018 10:15PM) (new)


message 3: by amber (new)

amber (thelittlematchgirl) | 245 comments Stage One
Read 1-5 classic books


message 4: by Nina (last edited Jun 24, 2018 09:54PM) (new)


message 5: by Lisa (last edited Sep 11, 2018 05:20AM) (new)

Lisa (spirolim) | 119 comments I'm in!

Stage Two: 6-10 Books
1. Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier
2. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
3. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
4. The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien
5. The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien
6. Main Street, by Sinclair Lewis
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message 7: by Kate S (last edited Jan 21, 2018 09:47AM) (new)

Kate S I would like to read more classics (I enjoy them and have read more than I realize). Aiming for one a month which leads me to...

Stage 3
1. Grendel by John Gardner
2. Dubliners by James Joyce
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message 8: by Beth (new)

Beth (1tuffcookie) | 6 comments I'm in!!!!


Stage 1
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message 9: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Epstein (liddle_lo) | 49 comments I’m in


message 10: by Colleen (last edited Feb 26, 2018 05:46PM) (new)

Colleen  | 143 comments I'm in!

Stage 1

1. Peter Pan 2/10/18; 4 stars
2. The Catcher in the Rye 2/11/18; 4 stars - reread


message 13: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer | 25 comments I'm in:
Stage 1
1. To Kill a Mockingbird
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message 14: by Rachel Jorquera , Moderator (new)

Rachel Jorquera  (racheljorquera) | 3018 comments Mod
Yay! Glad to see more people getting into classics!


message 15: by Jim (last edited Mar 20, 2018 02:32AM) (new)

Jim Townsend | 30 comments Good morning!

I would like to join. Not sure which stage, but have some ideas.

1. Les Misérables (published 1862) by Victor Hugo (1802-85). I've been reading this off and on since January 1, 2018, after three previous attempts and not finishing. Finished February 22, 2018 on my fourth attempt.
2. Free-Range Lanning (1921) by Max Brand (1892-1944). Western. Max Brand is billed as the most celebrated Western writer. . Finished February 26, 2018.
3. Fathers and Sons (1861) by Ivan Turgenev (1818-83). I have an "alternate cover" version of this Russian classic published by Penguin Books. Finished March 5, 2018.
4. All Quiet on the Western Front (1931) by Erich Maria Remarque (1898-1970). This is arguably the greatest war novel of all time. Finished March 1, 2018.
5. War and Peace (1869) by Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910). I know I'm nuts, but I'm male so can't help it.
6. Anne of Green Gables (1908) by L.M. Montgomery (1874-1942). I've wanted to read this Canadian classic since going to Prince Edward Island in 2006 for my great-aunt Margaret's 90th birthday party, and finding out that I'm a second cousin twice removed of the author. ETA 3/20/2018: Finished 3/12/2018.
7. The Way We Live Now (1875) by Anthony Trollope (1815-82).
8. The Three Musketeers (1844) by Alexandre Dumas (1802-70).
9. Paradise Lost (1667) by John Milton (1608-74).
10. The Catcher in the Rye (1951) by J.D. Salinger (1919-2010).

More anon.

Jim


message 16: by Sylvie (new)

Sylvie (frqs37) | 85 comments I’m in for stage 1 The first one I already know I’ve always wanted to read.

Catcher in the rye by Salinger


message 17: by Rachel Jorquera , Moderator (new)

Rachel Jorquera  (racheljorquera) | 3018 comments Mod
Excellent! Loving all the books!


message 18: by John (new)

John | 73 comments Jim wrote: "I know I'm nuts"

Admitting you have a problem is the first step :)


message 19: by Jim (new)

Jim Townsend | 30 comments The Catcher in the Rye is actually a reread from high school. I now don't know which book to start; I'm torn among Free Range Lanning, Fathers and Sons, and All Quiet on the Western Front.

Jim


message 20: by Colleen (new)

Colleen  | 143 comments The Catcher in the Rye was a re-read for me too - I upped it from 3 to 4 stars second time around. Again, probably because I was too young to appreciate the message. :)


message 21: by Jim (new)

Jim Townsend | 30 comments Good morning!

I have updated my message #15 to reflect my reading of Les Miserables (January 1-February 22, 2018); Free Range Lanning (February 23-26, 2018); and All Quiet on the Western Front (February 27-March 1, 2018). I am on page 134 of 294 (or is it 295?) of Fathers and Sons (which, according to Orlando Figes in his book Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia, is in the Russian, *Fathers and Children*).

Jim


message 22: by Jim (new)

Jim Townsend | 30 comments Good morning!

Sitting in my wife's house, hunkering down for Winter Storm Quinn, our second nor'easter in less than a week, I finished an alternate cover edition of Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev.

Jim


message 23: by John (new)

John | 73 comments Jim wrote: "Good morning!

Sitting in my wife's house, hunkering down for Winter Storm Quinn, our second nor'easter in less than a week, I finished an alternate cover edition of Fathers and Sons ..."


Nice!


message 24: by Rachel Jorquera , Moderator (new)

Rachel Jorquera  (racheljorquera) | 3018 comments Mod
Trying to get my classics on!!! Going to really start getting into this


message 25: by John (new)

John | 73 comments I am going to try for a few more before the end of the year!


message 26: by John (new)

John | 73 comments Got a few to add in May!! I beat my stage commitment for the year. I wasn't sure I could have completed that many.


message 27: by Rachel Jorquera , Moderator (new)

Rachel Jorquera  (racheljorquera) | 3018 comments Mod
Awesome :)

Classics are such good reads


message 28: by Rachel Jorquera , Moderator (new)

Rachel Jorquera  (racheljorquera) | 3018 comments Mod
Rachel Skye wrote: "I am in and I am going for Stage Five

09/25 - Currently at Stage Two

1. The Blue Hotel
2. The Open Boat
3. Ariel: The Restored Edition
4. [book:Songs of..."


Got some more in - thank goodness for grad school ;)


message 29: by John (new)

John | 73 comments Almost over my friends. How did you do?


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