The Classics Club

I’ve seen rumblings of The Classics Club about the blogosphere for several months. But creating a list of fifty classics I want to read over the next five years (and then actually reading them!) was overwhelming. Then Suey joined up, and that was the push I needed to do it too.

Here is the short version of the club “rules”:

  • choose 50+ classics
  • list them at your blog
  • choose a reading completion goal date up to five years in the future and note that date on your classics list of 50+ titles
  • e-mail the moderators of this blog ( with your list link and information and it will be posted on the Members Page!
  • write about each title on your list as you finish reading it, and link it to your main list
  • when you’ve written about every single title, let us know!

I choose to read 50 books in 5 years. Since I just finished The Woman in White yesterday, that will be the jumping off point, making my completion date 9/24/2017.

Without further ado, here is my list. I did not include any rereads. And I sometimes gave myself a couple of options for particular authors. I do reserve the right to modify this list as needed to accomplish my personal goals, but I am going to try to stick to this as written as much as possible. I’m excited to get going!

  1. Austen, Jane: Mansfield Park – finished 12/21/2013
  2. Austen, Jane: Northanger Abbey – finished 10/23/2013
  3. Barrie, J.M: Peter Pan – finished 11/25/2013
  4. Beckett, Samuel: Waiting for Godot
  5. Benson, E.F.: Mapp & Lucia
  6. Bronte, Anne: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall or *Agnes Grey – finished 10/3/2013
  7. Camus, Albert: The Stranger or The Fall
  8. Cather, Willa: My Antonia or One of Ours
  9. Collins, Wilkie: The Woman in White – finished 9/25/2012
  10. Defoe, Daniel: Moll Flanders
  11. Dickens, Charles: Bleak House or Great Expectations
  12. Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The Hound of the Baskervilles – finished 4/23/2013
  13. Eliot, George: The Mill on the Floss
  14. Faulkner, William: As I Lay Dying, A Fable, or Go Down, Moses
  15. Flaubert, Gustave: Madame Bovary
  16. Forster, E.M.: Howard’s End, A Passage to India, or A Room with a View
  17. Franklin, Benjamin: Autobiography – finished 6/28/2013
  18. Gaskell, Elizabeth: Wives and Daughters
  19. Goethe Wolfgang: Faust
  20. Golding, William: Lord of the Flies
  21. Green, Graham: Brighton Rock or A Sense of Reality
  22. Hardy, Thomas: Tess of the D’Urbervilles
  23. Hemingway, Ernest: A Farewell to Arms, The Sun Also Rises, or For Whom the Bell Tolls
  24. Homer: The Iliad
  25. Homer: The Odyssey
  26. James, Henry: Turn of the Screw
  27. Joyce, James: Ulysses
  28. Kipling, Rudyard: The Jungle Book
  29. Lawrence, D.H.: Sons and Lovers or Lady Chatterley’s Lover
  30. Lessing, Doris: The Golden Notebook
  31. Mailer, Norman: The Executioner’s Song
  32. Melville, Herman: Moby Dick
  33. More, Thomas: Utopia
  34. Morrison, Toni: Beloved
  35. Nabokov, Vladimir: Lolita
  36. Orczy, Baroness: The Scarlet Pimpernel – 2/13/2013
  37. Orwell, George: 1984
  38. Proust, Marcel: Swann’s Way
  39. Rawlings, Marjorie: The Yearling
  40. Salinger, J.D.: The Catcher in the Rye
  41. Shakespeare, William: King Lear or Twelfth Night
  42. Steinbeck, John: The Pearl or In Dubious Battle
  43. Stoker, Bram: Dracula
  44. Tenboom, Corrie: The Hiding Place
  45. Thoreau, Henry David: Walden
  46. Waugh, Evelyn: A Handful of Dust, or Scoop
  47. Wharton, Edith: Ethan Frome, The Age of Innocence, or The House of Mirth
  48. Wilde, Oscar: The Picture of Dorian Gray
  49. Wodehouse, P.G.: Right Ho, Jeeves or Thank You, Jeeves
  50. Woolf, Virginia: Mrs. Dalloway or To the Lighthouse

Have you joined The Classics Club yet?

12 Responses to The Classics Club

  1. Kami says:

    That is a daunting list. I hated Madame Bovary and Moby Dick, so good luck with those. I LOVED Northanger Abbey!! I definitely think you should choose Great Expectations for the Dickens book. It is awesome!

    • Jessica says:

      It is a daunting list! But I am excited to get started. Even if I don’t get to them all in the allotted time, I’ll still have read more classics. And I just started NORTHANGER ABBEY tonight.

  2. Jenni Elyse says:

    This sounds like such an interesting challenge and idea. Sadly, I don’t think I could read 50 classics in 5 years. I am trying to read 2 classics per year, though. So, that’s at least something. Good luck!!! I can’t wait to read your reviews.

    • Jessica says:

      It is A LOT of classics over a relatively short period of time, but I think it’ll give me a good push to reading more than I do now! Two a year (or really any a year) is a lot more than most people.

  3. Jenny says:

    K, if you aren’t including rereads I’m shocked! How have you not read Wives and Daughters or Catcher in the Rye? Move those one’s to the top of this list pronto! ;)

    • Jessica says:

      I know. It IS rather shocking. I’m especially ashamed about CATCHER IN THE RYE. I’ve started it a few times over the years, but it never grabbed me. Now I fully intend to get through it.

  4. Arie Stotle says:

    Welcome to the club! We’ve got a ton of the same books on our lists and I think you’ll love quite a few of them!

  5. Suey says:

    So… we don’t have many crossovers on our lists… how can this be? We need to do some readalongs and stuff, which makes this more difficult! ;)

    • Jessica says:

      You’re right. There isn’t a lot of cross-over. Strange. Two I did notice that we both have on our lists is IN DUBIOUS BATTLE and MOLL FLANDERS. Maybe we could organize something around one of those?

  6. Emily says:

    Props to you for taking on such a daunting challenge! What do you think you’ll start with?

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