Happy New Gregorian Calendar Year 2014!
I just spent part of the morning reading about calendars, and Janus, and Earth years, and calendar reform. In short — while an Earth year is a Real Thing:
(thanks Free Dictionary!)
…the start of the year is just something the Romans made up — Janus (from which we get the name January) is the god of new beginnings and transitions — so when you are making your toasts and resolutions and whatnot, it all started with Janus worship. Interesting!
Anyway — despite the arbitrary nature, the fact of the matter is that I live in a society which says that today is the first day of the new year. It is as good a time as any to post my latest version of my Classics Club list for the “year” (oy, I can’t let this go, huh?) and introduce one more challenge I’d like to take on for “2014” (or, the Earth year starting with Julian Day Number 2456659).
Here is my Classics Club List v 3.0 (goal: to be completed by “July 15, 2017”)
1. The Classic Fairy Tales – Tartar
2. Angels and Insects – Byatt Completed 9/15/13 Thoughts
3. Babel Tower – Byatt Completed 9/16/12 Thoughts
4. Ragnarok – Byatt Completed 1/9/14 Thoughts
5. Remembrance of Things Past: Swann’s Way – Proust
6. Don Quixote – Cervantes
7. David Copperfield – Dickens
8. Hard Times – Dickens Completed 12/20/12 Thoughts
9. Great Expectations – Dickens Completed 12/19/13 Thoughts
10. The Plague – Camus
11. 1984 – Orwell Completed 8/31/13 Thoughts
12. Crime and Punishment – Dostoyevsky Completed 4/27/13 Thoughts
13. The Brothers Karamazov – Dostoyevsky
14. The Professor – C. Brontë
15. Jane Eyre – C. Brontë
16. Villette – C. Brontë
17. Howl and Other Poems – Ginsberg
18. The Importance of Being Earnest – Wilde Completed 8/19/12 Thoughts
19. Hamlet – Shakespeare Completed 7/13/13 Thoughts
20. Macbeth – Shakespeare
21. King Lear – Shakespeare
22. Much Ado About Nothing – Shakespeare
23. The Tempest – Shakespeare
24. Twelfth Night – Shakespeare
25. As You Like It – Shakespeare
26. War and Peace – Tolstoy
27. Wuthering Heights – E. Brontë Completed 10/25/12 Thoughts
28. The Virgin in the Garden – Byatt
29. The Bloody Chamber – Carter Completed 2/18/13 Thoughts
30. Tropic of Cancer – Miller
31. The Dharma Bums – Kerouac Completed 6/14/13 Thoughts
32. The Bell Jar – Plath
33. Persuasion – Austen Completed 1/25/12 Thoughts
34. Northanger Abbey – Austen Completed 11/2/13 Thoughts
35. Frankenstein – Shelley Completed 3/23/13 Thoughts
36. Walden – Thoreau
37. Wives and Daughters – Gaskell Completed 9/5/13 Thoughts
38. Huckleberry Finn – Twain
39. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Doyle Completed 6/2/13 Thoughts
40. Moby Dick – Melville
41. The Poisonwood Bible – Kingsolver
42. Mrs. Dalloway – Woolf
43. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman – Wollstonecraft
44. Cane – Toomer
45. The Idiot – Dostoyevsky
46. Howards End – Forster Completed 3/9/14 Thoughts
47. A Christmas Carol – Dickens Completed 12/16/12 Thoughts
48. The Hobbit – Tolkien Completed 11/24/12 Thoughts
49. Agnes Grey – A. Brontë Completed 10/2/13 Thoughts
50. Rebecca – Du Maurier Completed 12/1/12 Thoughts
I made a few tweaks so that I can participate in Twelve Months of Classic Literature 2014! From my list above, I’ll read through the following categories:
- January: William Shakespeare (or his contemporaries. Elizabethan England, etc)
- February: Harlem Renaissance / African-American Literature.
- March: Feminist Literature / Persophone / Virago Literature
- April: Transcendentalist literature (or its inspirations/influence in literature)
- May: Postcolonial Literature / World Literature.
- June: World War One and/or The Lost Generation. Modernist literature.
- July: Post-Modernist literature.
- August: The Enlightenment Thinkers
- September: Romantic Literature
- October: LGBT literature
- November: Victorian Literature
- December: Freebie Month – Clearly we couldn’t cover everything in the prior eleven months. What wasn’t touched upon above that you want to explore/highlight/expand upon? Pick an author, movement or category within literature that means something to you and write or read about it to finish out the year.
Although some of the pairings will be quite obvious, I do have a few tricks up my sleeve which totally fit the genre but you might not expect 🙂 Stay tuned throughout the months to see what books from my Classics Club list I matched with each literary movement. I also can’t wait to see what other Clubbers choose to read and write about each movement! Thinking cap = On!
…and no matter how much I joke about it, I do sincerely hope that the next 365 day span of time treats all of us well!