Here it is, at a long last. The list of 12 classic books (plus two alternates) that I'll be reading over the next year. Comments welcome, but the list is closed. You'll notice it hasn't changed much from the early iterations. The only major change is swapping I, Claudius for Gone with the Wind.
In the end I had too many people warning me off the Margaret Mitchell novel. (That, and a recent trip to Italy -- my first -- has me eager to learn more about ancient Rome.) I, Claudius doesn't show up an as many lists of "classics" as some of the others, but it's close enough and I want to read it badly enough to include it here.
So, without further ado, and in no particular order, my 2011 reading list:
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
What Maisie Knew by Henry James
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
I, Claudius by Robert Graves
Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
I'm going to start with Jane Eyre, I think, because there's a new movie version coming out starring Mia Wasikowski (Alice and Wonderland, The Kids Are All Right), and I don't want to see the preview (let alone the movie) until I've read the book!
Start checking back in the new year to chart my progress. I'm going to need to start strong to end strong, so wish me luck.
And maybe even read along with me....