Classics Reading Challenge

Last year I set myself the challenge to read 40 books and managed to hit 42. Reading other people’s goals makes me realise what a small number this is, but after a good few years of only reading on holiday, 40 seems like a lot to me!

This year I’ve set myself a goal to read 30 books. I’ve also challenged myself to read classics only. This is partly down to receiving a Penguin clothbound copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for Christmas and realising how pretty these editions are – and how many there are to collect.

I’ve compiled a list between the Penguin 100 top novels and a top 100 American novels list that I found online. I’ll be reviewing the novels here and also tracking my progress on Instagram.


Since the beginning of 2020, I’ve ticked the following novels off the list:

  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  • Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  • Silas Marner – George Eliot
  • The Diary of a Nobody – George and Weedon Grossmith

I’m aiming to review them as I finish them. It’s a bit of a strange task reviewing a classic novel as the majority have been analysed to death and deemed good enough to keep in print for the last few hundred years.


I realise that I have proclivity to avoid books that I’m told to read, even if the list is self-prescribed. To avoid internal rebellion, I’m also mixing in a number of non-list classics.

Next read

I started Mrs Dalloway a week ago and haven’t made it past page 8, which I’m blaming on the social shutdown – it’s warped my brain and my routine!

So, I’m going to give it a break for now and try a non-list read instead.

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