Once upon a time there was a girl who liked to read, especially Young Adult Fiction. Sure, she'd read a fair number of books from the Adult market and even some Classics, but in this latter area she'd come to find herself wanting. It's not that she didn't like the Classics, the girl just preferred lighter reading. Consequently, her "Classics I Really Should Get Around to Reading" list had become quite long. Embarrassingly so if she was being honest with herself. To remedy this problem she came up with an idea, and Conquering the Classics From A to Z was born. Twenty-six Classics. Not too shabby.Big (obvious) confession: I'm that girl, and the list of Classics that I've read is appallingly short.
I love reading YA, but I feel like I need to broaden my horizons a little bit. I've always been acquainted with the Classics and even read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë of my own accord at a fairly young age. Since then I've tackled books like Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho and Charles Dickens' David Copperfield, but I know there are piles of others that I should really get to.
I noticed recently on the So Obsessed With blog a challenge called The Classics Club, which I proceeded to check out. This club was "created to inspire people to read and blog about classic books."* What a fantastic idea! I'd sign up in a heartbeat except that I'm not prepared to commit 100% to the terms of the challenge (50+ Classics over the next 5 years and blogging about each and every one of them). So I decided to start a personal challenge inspired by this club, with or without anybody joining me. By that, I mean that this is for myself, but you're welcome to join me.
I will also try to post my thoughts on most of them, and I'm not afraid in the slightest to tell you what I really think—these authors are no longer around to have their feelings hurt. And there's no chance that we'll ever cross paths if I ever get published. I'm mostly kidding. Mostly.
Like I said, if you find that you're in the same boat as I am on this whole Classics thing, feel free to take part. You can use my A to Z list, or you can come up with your own. It's entirely up to you. I honestly believe that it will be both fun and enlightening. And it certainly can't hurt! ♥
* From The Classics Club blog.
^ I'm having difficulty with some letters, so if you have suggestions I'd be happy to hear them. If I don't come up with anything for a particular letter, I'll just slip in another Classic I want to read.