The Classics Club

Classics Club

My selection list for the Classics Club, a five year challenge to read at least 50 classics.

I use to join and enjoy a lot of book challenges. Nowadays, I find it hard to balance real life with blogging and reading all the books I want, but I couldn’t resist this challenge because I love classics.

I listed 50 books, but I think the selection may change or be added onto over time the selection has changed and been added to over time. When selecting the books, I did use a broad definition of classics as I included a few modern books. I will be used book shopping in a couple of weeks which may alter this selection again. The goal is to read 50 classics, but the selection of the list may change a bit over time due to time, interest, and availability of the books.

I included books that I own, books I want to read/heard a lot of, and books from the 1001 Books Before You Die List. Due to being revised, it’s actually 1294 books. For a spreadsheet to keep track of that lengthy list, go here .

You can follow all my posts relating to the club through my Classics Club tag which includes reviews, memes, etc.

Start Date: June 1, 2012
End Date: June 1, 2017

My Prize: To be determined at a later date. Some sort of food and/or shopping will be involved.

  1. Bleakhouse by Charles Dickens
  2. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling – 04/06/2012
  3. The Warden by Anthony Trollope
  4. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
  5. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  6. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy – 10/06/2012
  7. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James – 14/07/2012
  8. Don Quixote by Cervantes
  9. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot – 17/07/2012
  10. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  11. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
  12. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  13. Nicholas Nickelby by Charles Dickens
  14. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett – 28/12/2013
  15. The Return of the the Native by Thomas Hardy
  16. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
  17. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  18. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
  19. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen – 05/08/2012
  20. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  21. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  22. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – 02/10/2012
  23. The Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau
  24. The Complete Poems by T. S. Eliot
  25. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  26. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  27. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – 01/08/2012
  28. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  29. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  30. The Magus by John Fowles
  31. Ulysses by James Joyce
  32. On the Road by Jack Kerouac – 30/06/2013
  33. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami – 24/08/2012
  34. Walden by Henry David Thoreau – 12/04/2013
  35. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
  36. Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant – 31/12/12
  37. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  38. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  39. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte – 26/07/2012
  40. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte – 30/11/2013
  41. Lady Susan by Jane Austen – 08/08/2012
  42. Love & Freindship and The History of England by Jane Austen – 13/08/2012
  43. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  44. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  45. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  46. The Quiet American by Graham Greene
  47. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  48. The Awakening and Other Stories by Kate Chopin
  49. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  50. William-an Englishman by Cicely Hamilton – 22/06/2013

Updates:
February 11th, 2012: Added Winesburg, Ohio, Return of the Native, A Little Princess, The Bluest Eye, Death in Venice to take out a couple of newer classics.
August 13th, 2012: Removed Home by Marilynne Robinson and put in Jane Austen’s juvenilia Love & Freidnship and The History of England.
August 7th, 2012: Added Mansfield Park and new link to Classics Club blog. I took out Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams because I’ve read it and replaced it with Lady Susan which I also think I read before but I’ll do a proper reciew for it. Also, I added the dates of when I completed each book so that this update list doesn’t get too long over the course of five years.
August 4th, 2012: Added Little Women.
July 28, 2012: Added link to Agnes Grey.
July 14, 2012: Added link to The Portrait of a Lady.
June 21, 2012: Added link to Mill on the Floss.
June 12, 2012: Added link to Tess. I’ve also started an additional list in the event I finish those above or I don’t end up reading some of the others so they can be replaced with those in added list.
June 5th, 2012: Added link to The Jungle Book, removed Misery by Stephen King because it was over 50.
June 4th, 2012: Realized I put in Inheritance of Loss twice! Took one out and added Agnes Grey.
June 3rd, 2012: Removed William Shakespeare’s sonnets because I remembered I had read them all. Added Hamilton’s William-an Englishman because I own it even though I’d never heard of it when and since I bought it. Now the list numbers have changed and will continue to.
June 1st, 2012.

6 thoughts on “The Classics Club

  1. Yay for #s 22, 24, 28, 30 and 35! And though I haven’t finished it, a yay-in-progress for #21. Cheers, and welcome to the club, Athena! :-)

  2. And though I haven’t finished it, a yay-in-progress for #21. Cheers, and welcome to the club, Athena! Thanks that you’ve shared.

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