Jun 2, 2012

The Classics Club

A couple of days ago I stumbled upon Gillian's blog: A Room of One's Own. Then, I couldn't help but notice The Classics Club she started.

If you want to participate, you must dedicate yourself to read 50+ classics for the next 5 years. I think it is a great idea as I'm trying to read classics as often as I could but I never keep track of them. After checking my TBR list and all those unread books sitting on my shelves, I decided to make my list to see if I'll readch 50 books and I did! I must admit it was rather easy as I'm trying to read sci-fi classics (yes, my list includes those) and "1001 Books You Should Read Before You Die". Although my list was around 60 books, I decided to read 50 classics in the next 3 years. (I decided to read one book/author). There are only 3 rereads in my list and 50 different authors. My list includes a few Turkish classics as well.

Start Date: June 2, 2012
Goal Date To Finish: June 2, 2015
Most Looking Forward To: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Most Scared To Attempt: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick (Mainly because I'll attempt to read it in English.)
Prizes: I think I'll allow myself to buy more books as a good number of the books in my list are already sitting on my shelves.

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey / Arthur C. Clarke
  2. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea / Jules Verne
  3. A Clockwork Orange / Anthony Burgess (18.06.2012)
  4. A Bend in the River / V.S. Naipaul
  5. A Passage to India / E.M. Forster
  6. A Tale of Two Cities / Charles Dickens
  7. Alias Grace / Margaret Atwood
  8. Araba Sevdası / Recaizade Mahmut Ekrem
  9. Atlas Shrugged / Ayn Rand
  10. Atonement / Ian McEwan
  11. Bonjour Tristesse / François Sagan
  12. Brave New World / Aldous Huxley
  13. Charlotte's Web / E.B. White
  14. Death of Ivan Ilych / Lev Tolstoy
  15. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? / Philip K. Dick
  16. Dune / Frank Herbert
  17. Ender's Game / Orson Scott Card (12.06.2012)
  18. Esir Şehrin İnsanları / Kemal Tahir
  19. Felatun Bey ve Rakım Efendi / Ahmet Mithat
  20. Fight Club / Chuck Palahniuk
  21. Frankenstein / Mary Shelley
  22. In Search of Lost Time / Marcel Proust
  23. Jane Eyre / Charlotte Bronte (19.07.2012)
  24. Life of Pi / Yann Martel
  25. Midnight's Children / Salman Rushdie
  26. Murder on the Orient Express / Agatha Christie
  27. Neuromancer / William Gibson
  28. Obabakoak / Bernardo Axtaga
  29. Oblomov / Ivan Goncharov
  30. Old Goriot / Honore de Balzac
  31. One Hundred Years of Solitude / Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  32. Painted Bird / Jerzy Kosinski
  33. Paradise Lost / John Milton
  34. Pride and Prejudice / Jane Austin
  35. Rabbit Run / John Updike (07.08.2012)
  36. Siddharta / Hermann Hesse
  37. Shibumi / Trevanian
  38. Slaughterhouse-Five / Kurt Vonnegut
  39. The Cider House Rules / John Irving
  40. The Color Purple / Alice Walker
  41. The Feast of the Goat / Mario Vargas Llosa
  42. The God of Small Things / Arundhati Roy
  43. The History of the Siege of Lisbon / José Saramago
  44. The Hitchiker's Guide to Galaxy / Douglas Adams (07.07.2012)
  45. The Name of the Rose / Umberto Eco
  46. The Rainbow / D.H. Lawrence
  47. The Stranger / Albert Camus
  48. The Time Machine / Herbert George Wells
  49. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle / Haruki Murakami
  50. Tütün Zamanı / Necati Cumalı
Many thanks to Gillian for organizing this!


  1. Hi, and welcome to the club, Pinar! I most especially hope you enjoy 5, 10, 13, 23 and 34. 44 and 48 are intriguing me recently, too. Cheers and enjoy!! - Jillian

  2. Hey there... saw that you were doing the 1001 books and wondered if you knew about this page: