I found this interesting meme on Deb Nance’s Readerbuzz. To join the “club,” one makes a list of 20 classics, posts the list on her blog, then Deb will use a spinner to choose a number. If you wish to “join,” it’s not too late. First, post your list. Deb has spun the spinner last Saturday, and the number is 14; you are to read book #14 by Jan. 30th, 2021.

I have a list of classics from high school.

Here is my list:

  1. Go Tell It on the Mountain James Baldwin
  2. My Uncle Silas H.E. Bates
  3. Looking Backward. Edward Bellamy
  4. The Death of the Heart Elizabeth Bowen
  5. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Dee Alexander Brown
  6. Tarzen of the Apes Edgar Rice Burroughs
  7. The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  8. The Plague Albert Camus
  9. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold John Le Carre
  10. The Horse’s Mouth Joyce Carey
  11. Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes
  12. The Ox-Bow Incident Walter Van Tilburg Clark
  13. The Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  14. Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  15. Origin of the Species Charles Darwin
  16. Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
  17. Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  18. Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  19. Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  20. The American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser

Ok, Deb, it looks like I’ll start with Lord Jim. I sure hope it’s good!

Want to play along? Use google or whatever search engine you wish to get a list of “classics,” list twenty of them, and get started!


Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

6 thoughts on “THE CLASSICS CLUB”

    1. Lord Jim is dreadfully dull in spite of the insurrections, guilt trips, native uprisings, etc. It seems to drone on and on, and it’s not the fault of the narrator; it’s the writing.


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