See SnapDragon’s selection process for her Ultimate Library.
So you like to read, eh?
Then welcome to Snippets of SnapDragon’s newest feature:
The 100 Classics Reading Challenge!
(cue ribbon cutting and confetti cascades)
As a certified high school English teacher, a post-graduate of English studies and creative writing, and just a bonafide lover of fiction, I decided it was time to create. . .
The Ultimate Library.
So I asked myself, “What are my favorite novels of all time? What are my favorite novels to teach? What are some novels, new and old, of critical acclaim?”
I envisioned a wall of empty shelves.
What to choose? There are so many novels I haven’t even read yet! (Gulp.)
So I decided to give myself some homework, by creating one doozy of a reading list.
- I decided to select 100 volumes for this venture. I say volumes because some of the titles are a part of a set, or trilogy. (For example, The Iliad and The Odyssey came in one volume. So while these are two separate novels, they only fill one space out of my designated 100.)
- All 100 volumes are works I have not yet read. As I said, I realized that there were so many “classics” that I’ve never even cracked open. So like a kid in a candy shoppe (or… me in a candy shoppe) I went on a book-buying binge.
- I’m a Formalist. Simply put, I want a story to speak for itself. While historical context and the author’s biographical influence can add layers of meaning to a work, that is not how I judge a novel. These 100 volumes were selected by title alone, and therefore do not meet certain quotas based on an author’s gender, race, age, or philosophy.
So there you have it!
My shelves are stocked, yo.
I began this challenge on my 30th birthday, and vowed to finish all 100 by my 40th. Considering I’ve only made it through three so far, I have my doubts about this timeline. (I like to read other stuff, too!)
But I shall not give up!
Check out my next post for the full list!
Happy reading, friends.