I need — and desperately want — more Classics in my life, for seriously. I haven’t had the best relationship with them, and pre-blogging I’ve read only a handful of the Classics, and can’t even say that I enjoyed a majority of that. So, well, thankfully, blogging has expanded my horizons. Me likey the Classics now. Me would likey, uh, I would like to read more, too.
Enter NYRB Classics and Oxford World’s Classics. [Thank you, book blogosphere, fount of new discoveries.] Both beautiful lines, stunning design, and all-around yumminess. Such good books. Such beautiful reissues. They so look good on my shelves. The former gives the spotlight to forgotten books, the latter has stunning editions of well-loved ones. And translations all around! I don’t know, they both just refresh the books in their rosters somehow. I have liked them a lot, given my limited experience with Classics in general. But I really like ’em. And, also, they so look good on my shelves.
I decided, a week or so ago, that I wanted to read as many books from these two pubs as I could manage by December of 2011. I was inspired by this post — 50 NYRBs in a year! I wanted in. I also wanted to read more books from OWC. And so I declared a project: a total 50 reads from NYRB and 25 from OWC by December of 2011.
And then I actually thought about this, and realized there was no way I could afford 75-ish books for next year — time-wise, it’ll be a tight squeez but not much of a problem; financially, it’s disastrous. So 50 and 25 is an arbitrary number — I’d love to reach that goal, but I’ll be pleased as punch with the goal of as many as I can get my hands on. I mean, I know I can make time for reading — at the risk of real life, sure, but that’s nothing new, haha — but it’s my budget that has me worried.
So, there. This is it. I’m going to get reading. You’re welcome to come along — Iris has, and that has me giddy, haha. No pressure, just some good ol’-fashioned educational fun [hee], some filling-in of this gaping hole in Sasha’s soul, and a prettier bookshelf by the end of 2011.
Nitty-gritty: This is retroactive: The books I’ve read from both lines are counted — that’s, like, seven. Wee. I’ll be tracking my progress on the freshly-minted Classics Project 2011 tab. I’ll also be making tags for the project, one for each pub: The NYRB Project and The OWC Project. And. Donations are so welcome, haha.
The NYRB Classics that I’ve read:
- Skylark, by Dezsö Kosztolányi.
- Asleep in the Sun, by Adolfo Bioy Casares.
- Wish Her Safe at Home, by Stephen Benatar.
- The Mountain Lion, by Jean Stafford.
- The New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick.
- Don’t Look Now, by Daphne du Maurier.
The unread NYRB Classics on my bookshelves:
- My Fantoms, by Théophile Gautier.
- Nightmare Alley, by William Lindsay Gresham.
- The Slaves of Solitude, by Patrick Hamiliton.
[They look like cake, rawr. Or tofu.] So. The OWC books that I’ve read:
- A Study in Scarlet, by Arthur Conan Doyle.
The Oxford World’s Classics books on my bookshelves:
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Brontë.
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle.
- The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle.
- The Lost World, by Arthur Conan Doyle.
- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce.
- Dubliners, by James Joyce.
Why, yes, I realize that I have a long way to go. Here’s to the Classics!