The Classics Club

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 – finished 11/4/2014
  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 – finished 11/12/2014
  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?

Categories: Challenges


  • Kami

    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

      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.

  • Jenni Elyse

    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

      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.

  • Jenny

    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

      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.

  • Suey

    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

      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?

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