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 – finished 10/13/2015
  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?