100 Classic Books Challenge


One of my aims for 2018 is to read some of the classic books I've neglected for, well, the majority of my life. You might call it my 100 classic books challenge. What sparked my interest was watching the Denzel Washington movie, The Equalizer (2014).

The movie is a thriller, so of course, the reading classic books part is only a part of it. The main thrust of the story is that McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement when he finds his desire for justice reawakened. But, the reading classic books part of it was something that piqued my interest.

There is no list of 100 classic books from the movie. However, interestingly enough when you Google something like "100 books to read before you die official list" or "100 best novels" or "100 books everyone should read before they die," it's obvious a lot of people have searched Google using "book list from the equalizer." Evidently, I wasn't the only one whose interest was piqued by the mention of reading classic books in the movie.

The Official List of the 100 Classic Books Challenge

If you have never done a search for an official list of the best 100 classic books what you will find is there really isn't one. Well, some lists claim to be "the official list," but what I'm getting at is that there isn't some universally recognized official list.

What you will find is that there are a lot of lists from the likes of Goodreads, Business Insider, the BBC, Amazon, The Guardian, and the New York Times, to name a few.

Personally, if you are interested in doing your own 100 classic books challenge I don't think it matters which list you choose. All the lists I've seen have many of the same titles on them.

The list I am using is the Goodreads list. The list was actually drawn up from a vote by members. I chose that one because many of the other lists have Harry Potter titles on them. Not that I have anything against Harry Potter books or JK Rowling for that matter. But in spite of their popularity, in my opinion, the Harry Potter books hardly qualify as classics. If for no other reason, the books simply haven't been in existence long enough.

During 2018, I plan on reading one book from the list every month. I've read a handful of the books already either when I was in high school or college, so I may go back and re-read some of those again. I could read more than one book each month, but my to be read pile is already so high, I think one classic per month is all I can realistically do for now.

I also plan to post reviews of the books I read on Goodreads, and I'll post an update here on the blog each quarter with links to the reviews.


Now over to you. Are you interested in participating in the 2018 100 Classic Books Challenge? If so, please let me know by posting a comment.

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