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The Classics Club Project : Wrap Up

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It’s a long journey with The Classics Club. The Club has changed since then, more and more interesting events have been held. However, as time went by, there are things that made my blogging time reduced, let alone joining events or read alongs. I’m still reading classics, but these two years I have to take my own words of wanting to finish my original list.

These are my first year progress, my second year, and my third year. I even couldn’t make forth year progress, so I’ll be nicer to myself, and proudly say that these past 5 years, I’ve read 127 classics (short stories and poetries included), and reviewed 111 of them. Here are the list, continued from progress links above:

Finished books from CCP list:
27. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
28. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
29. Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
30. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
31. The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis
32. The Seven Poor Travellers by Charles Dickens
33. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien
34. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
35. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
36. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
37. 7 Classic Stories by Edgar Allan Poe
38. Grimms’ Fairy Tales (Part 1)

Other classics (reviewed):
59. The Flood by Émile Zola
60. The Dream by Émile Zola
61. Inspirations – Classics selected by Paulo Coelho
62. Lotta by Astrid Lindgren
63. The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
64. The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl
65. Matilda by Roald Dahl
66. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl
67. Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
68. Oeroeg by Hella S. Haasse
69. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
70. The BFG by Roald Dahl
71. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
72. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
73. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl

Other classics (haven’t reviewed):
1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
2. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
3. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (reread)
4. Perempuan di Persimpangan Zaman by Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana (Indonesian classic poetry)
5. Orkes Madun by Arifin C. Noer (Indonesian classic play)
6. The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
7. Candide by Voltaire
8. Max Havelaar by Multatuli
9. The Fall by Albert Camus
10. The 13 Clocks by James Thurber
11. The Story of the Other Wise Man by Henry Van Dyke
12. Kaas by Willem Elsschot
13. Di Bawah Lindungan Ka’bah by Hamka (Indonesian classic)
14. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
15. Letter to a Hostage by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
16. Drawings by Sylvia Plath

I consider myself succeed, and I’ve given my reward to a friend, a copy of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, for her and her son once he’s old enough to understand the story.

Will I join another round of this project? I haven’t decided it yet. I definitely will read a bunch of classics, but I don’t know if I could manage my blogging time better.

First Cycle of CLRP : Wrap Up

It’s been 3 years since I started my Children Literature Reading Project, and this is how it went. I was quite optimistic at the first year, for the second year I had a tough time (unrelated to this project), but everything was under control. Then, I had to slow down and lay back my blogging activities last year, so there wasn’t much progress for the third year. However, I don’t regret everything, since I had really great time reading children’s literature through the difficult times (though I didn’t review it all).

I’ve updated my 2014-2017 list so it contains books I’ve read and reviewed. I’ve added some books out of my original list and omitted some books I haven’t read/reviewed. Here are some books I’ve read that haven’t been reviewed, not including borrowed books and books I (seem like) won’t review:

  1. Ajdar – Marjane Satrapi
  2. B is for Beer – Tom Robbins
  3. Esio Trot – Roald Dahl
  4. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery (reread)
  5. The Magicians of Caprona – Diana Wynne Jones
  6. Sable – Karen Hesse
  7. Dear Mr. Henshaw – Beverly Clearly
  8. Indigo – Alice Hoffman
  9. Odd and the Frost Giants – Neil Gaiman
  10. Heartbeat – Sharon Creech
  11. Lulu Walks the Dogs – Judith Viorst
  12. The 13 Clocks – James Thurber
  13. Shiloh – Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

So there are 56+++ books I’ve read, and 43 books I’ve reviewed.

Just for the record, here are books I’ve omitted from the list. I may read these books for the next cycle.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C. S. Lewis

1950

Prince Caspian C. S. Lewis

1951

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader C. S. Lewis

1952

The Silver Chair C. S. Lewis

1953

The Horse and His Boy C. S. Lewis

1954

The Last Battle C. S. Lewis

1956

Inkheart Cornelia Funke

2003

Inkspell Cornelia Funke

2006

Inkdeath Cornelia Funke

2008

Dragon Rider Cornelia Funke

2004

Ghost Knight Cornelia Funke

2012

Mixed Magics Diana Wynne Jones

2000

The Railway Children Edith Nesbit

1906

The Enchanted Castle Edith Nesbit

1907

Little Lord Fauntleroy Frances Hodgson Burnett

1885-6

A Little Princess Frances Hodgson Burnett

1905

Andersen’s Fairy Tales Hans Christian Andersen

1930-40s

The Story of Doctor Dolittle Hugh Lofting

1920

The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle Hugh Lofting

1922

Double Act Jacqueline Wilson

1995

The Worry Website Jacqueline Wilson

2002

The Swiss Family Robinson Johann Wyss

1812

Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift

1726

The Tale of Despereaux Kate DiCamillo

2003

The Magician’s Elephant Kate DiCamillo

200

The Marvelous Land of Oz L. Frank Baum

1904

The Story Girl Lucy Maud Montgomery

1911

The Golden Road Lucy Maud Montgomery

1913

Anne of the Island Lucy Maud Montgomery

1915

The Prince and The Pauper Mark Twain

1881

The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain

188

James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl

1961

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl

1964

So, how is your progress?

2017 Reading and Blogging Plan

2017! Tak terasa sudah 17 tahun sejak kita memasuki abad ke-21, dan di sini kita sudah dikelilingi teknologi yang tak terbayangkan para kakek-nenek kita, juga masih dibayangi dunia distopia yang dulu hanya dibayangkan nenek-kakek kita. Saya pernah membayangkan jika ada program migrasi ke Mars, saya akan ikut membawa buku-buku saya dan menyelesaikannya dengan tenang di sana, jauh dari hiduk-pikuk bumi dan segala permasalahannya. Internet? Kalau tidak ada ya, saya tidak akan jadi blogger lagi. Sebelumnya tak pernah terbayangkan saya bisa berhenti setelah selama ini, tetapi kita selalu belajar, kita mudah terbiasa.

Setahun terakhir saya melalui sebuah perjalanan yang terjal, mengorbankan banyak hal untuk kembali lagi ke tempat mula saya berdiri. Namun, apakah saya masih orang yang sama meski berdiri di tempat yang sama? Idealnya tidak, idealnya saya belajar, idealnya saya semakin yakin dengan tujuan saya, idealnya semuanya menuju kepada yang lebih baik.

Saya belum tahu idealisme seperti apa yang seharusnya saya pegang untuk menjalani tahun ini. Namun, saya rasa ada sebuah keputusan yang harus diambil. Menimbang semakin sesaknya rak buku dan semakin tak terkendalinya sumber buku murah.

Untuk 2017, saya akan berusaha mengembalikan rutinitas membaca dan mereview saya.

Tentunya tidak akan bisa sama seperti sebelumnya, mengingat satu dan beberapa hal yang menanti untuk diselesaikan. Yah, mengenai mekanismenya akan saya atur sendiri. Saya tetap tidak akan mengikuti reading challenges seperti tahun lalu, tetapi saya akan menantang diri saya sendiri:

  1. Menyelesaikan beberapa review buku ‘penting’ yang sudah menumpuk sejak tahun lalu.
  2. Menyediakan waktu untuk ‘merawat’ blog ini, termasuk untuk menuliskan ide-ide yang sebelumnya tertunda karena berbagai pembenaran.
  3. Mengatur mood dan kondisi sedemikian rupa sehingga tertundanya review tidak menjadi alasan untuk memulai buku baru.
  4. Menyebarkan kecintaan pada buku baik secara daring maupun luring.
  5. Tetap dalam perjalanan menemukan buku-buku yang berkesan dan luar biasa, dalam jalur yang sudah saya tapaki beberapa tahun terakhir.

Kebetulan, tahun ini tepat berakhirnya The Classics Club Project dan Children’s Literature Reading Project ronde pertama. Saya tahu hasilnya tidak sesuai dengan target ambisius saya di awal, tetapi saya masih akan melanjutkan ke ronde berikutnya dengan target yang lebih fleksibel dan mempertimbangkan efek ‘fun‘ nya.

Sekian rencana saya untuk setahun ke depan. Semoga saya berhasil menaklukkan tantangan yang saya buat sendiri.

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CLRP Progress Post

Donate for Comments Wrap Up

Last year I join a project by Oky here. After I counted the comments every month, I see the trend that there is a peak at every giveaway season. And the number of commenters increased at the productive month and in the book club post.

From January until December 2015 there are (more or less) 302 comments AND reblogs on 2015’s posts. So the donation will be at least 151,000 IDR from all of you, my dear followers and commenters. Thank you so much.

I will donate the money to a project of an organization that intents to provide a free ambulance for public in my town.