Classics Club Schedule, 2019

I have 21 months left to finish my Classics Club list, with 22 books remaining. I’m not sure what happens if one fails to complete the list — perhaps it involves being attacked by moody English teachers, I’m not sure.   Anxious to avoid such a fate, I plan to make classics my priority this year, and have developed a tentative schedule for this year that will make 2020’s classic requirements relatively light.  Most of the sets (save January’s) have a paired connection, like Rome, travel,  and so on.  If I actually get this done, I’ll  reward myself with a little bottle of scotch.

January:
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
Moby-Dick, Herman Melville

February
The Aeneid, Virgil
The Conquest of Gaul, Julius Caesar

March
The Moviegoer, Walker Percy
Love in the Ruins, Walker Percy

April
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1,  Edward Gibbon
The Vicar of Wakefield, Oliver Goldsmith

May
Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain
The Swiss Family Robinson, Johann David Wyss

June
A Farewell to Arms,  Ernest Hemingway
Catch-22, Joseph Heller

July
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

August
The Education of Henry Adams,  Henry Adams
The Three Musketeers, Alexander Dumas

September
The Histories, Herodotus

October 
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo
The Jungle, Upton Sinclair

November
War and Peace, Tolstoy

December
The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoeyesky

This leaves The Federalist Papers as the odd man out for 2020.   I wanted to make it the September read (September 17 is Constitution Day, a date presumably unremarked on by anyone other than con-law professors), but The Histories seems formidable.  We’ll see what happens!

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8 Responses to Classics Club Schedule, 2019

  1. Marian H says:

    Unsure who intimidates me more, Herodotus or “Publius.” 🙂 Either way, this is one exciting list! I'm also scheduled to re-read Moby-Dick this year (February-ish) with Cleo and a couple of other bloggers. It'll be fun to compare reactions.

  2. mudpuddle says:

    gosh, Stephen, that seems extraordinarily ambitious… i'm convinced you're taking this very seriously… best of luck is all i can say and watch out for those rabid english teachers, hiding behind bushes, slavering at the mouth, clenching their fists around 12″ steel rulers: i get the shivers just remembering them…

  3. I see I'm not the only one making a goal to plow through my TBR pile. I liked Ellison's Invisible Man, it's different. I'll be interested to read your review, which I believe should be in about a month, right? 😉

  4. Stephen says:

    I have a head start on Moby-Dick because of the Big Read (British celebs taking turns reading chapters of Moby-Dick aloud), so I'm hopeful about it. I'll look forward to your response, as well.

  5. Stephen says:

    There are some months I'm concerned about frankly, but it's doable!

  6. Stephen says:

    It should be read and reviewed by February, yes. I'm not sure which will be first — I'm currently halfway through two books at once, and once they're done I'll tackle on of the two classics for this month.

  7. CyberKitten says:

    I'm presently approximately 4 books away from 'Invisible Man' and approximately 8 books away from 'Catch-22'. Always interested in comparing notes! I have several of the others you listed but no plans to read them just yet.

  8. Brian Joseph says:

    This is an impressive list. Of the ones that I have read I think that Catch 22 was the most enjoyable. Your post is a reminder that I want to read The Federalist Papers myself this year.Better not tempt fate and miss your deadline 🙂 Have fun reading these books.

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