The Classics Club

I have a large number of books on my bookshelf that would be considered Classics. I have read a fair number of them, but there are probably too many that remain unread. With this in mind, I have decided to join The Classics Club, an online community of Classics lovers, encouraging people to read more of the Classics. The idea is to set your own goal of the number of Classics you want to read, with the time frame you believe you can achieve this in, and then publish your intended book list on your blog.

I have decided to read 50 Classics and have set 31 December 2017 as the date of completion for this. That’s only 10 books a year for the following 5 years and I believe that this should be quite achievable. With the number of books I have on my shelves, as well as on my Kobo, I should probably have enough to do this without having to buy any more. Also, with limiting my number to 50, I can still continue to read other newer books as well.

Here is my list of 50 books, listed alphabetically by author. These are all books I have never fully read before. I will insert the date of completion in  brackets after each one and will add a hyperlink to the post where I review or write about that particular book:

  1. Alcott, Louisa May – Little Women
  2. Austen, Jane – Persuasion
  3. Austen, Jane – Sense and Sensibility
  4. Barrie, J.M. – Peter Pan (26 June, 2013)
  5. Baum, L. Frank – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  6. Bradbury, Ray – The Illustrated Man (8 March, 2014)
  7. Bronte, Charlotte – Jane Eyre (14 November 2013)
  8. Burnett, Frances Hodgson – The Secret Garden (3 May, 2013)
  9. Chekhov, Anton – Three Sisters
  10. Chesterton, G.K. – The Club of Queer Trades
  11. Chesterton, G.K. – The Napoleon of Notting Hill
  12. Crane, Stephen – Red Badge of Courage
  13. Dickens, Charles – Great Expectations
  14. Dostoevesky, Fyodor – The Idiot
  15. Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan – The Lost World
  16. Endo, Shusaku – Silence
  17. Flaubert, Gustav – Madame Bovary
  18. Gogol, Nikolai – The Inspector General
  19. Hardy, Thomas – Mayor of Casterbridge
  20. Hawthorne, Nathaniel – The Scarlet Letter
  21. Hemingway, Ernest – Islands in the Stream
  22. Hesse, Hermann – Siddhartha
  23. Huxley, Aldous – Brave New World
  24. James, Henry – Turn of the Screw
  25. London, Jack – The Call of the Wild
  26. MacDonald – The Princess and the Goblin
  27. Marlowe, Christopher – Doctor Faustus (30 April 2015)
  28. Montgomery, L.M. – Anne of Green Gables
  29. More, Thomas – Utopia (25 August 2013)
  30. Mowat, Farley – Never Cry Wolf
  31. Orczy, Baroness – The Scarlet Pimpernel
  32. Orwell, George – Burmese Days
  33. Rostand, Edmond – Cyrano de Bergerac
  34. Salinger, J.D. – The Catcher in the Rye
  35. Scott, Sir Walter – Rob Roy
  36. Sewell, Anna – Black Beauty
  37. Stevenson, Robert Louis – Kidnapped (29 March 2014)
  38. Thoreau, Henry David – Walden (26 April 2013)
  39. Tolstoy, Leo – The Death of Ivan Ilyich
  40. Turgenev, Ivan – Fathers and Sons
  41. Twain, Mark – The Prince and the Pauper
  42. Verne, Jules – Around the World in 80 Days (16 February 2015)
  43. Verne, Jules – From the Earth to the Moon
  44. Verne, Jules – Journey to the Center of the Earth
  45. Verne, Jules – Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  46. Voltaire – Candide
  47. Wells, H.G. – The Invisible Man
  48. Wells, H.G. – The Time Machine
  49. Wells, H.G. – The War of the Worlds (27 December 2013)
  50. Wilde, Oscar – The Picture of Dorian Gray

Completed: 9/50

16 thoughts on “The Classics Club

    • Thanks. I’m looking forward to reading through this list over the next few years. Some may be a stretch for me, but that’s OK as well.

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  5. Lots of great book on your list! 🙂 some of them are on mine too! I don’t know about you but I am really stretching myself with some of these!

    • For sure, there are some on this list that I find quite daunting, but I want to stretch myself. For the latest Classics Club spin I got Utopia, which was one that I put on there to challenge myself. I’ll need to go and check your list now.

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  11. When I first read about The Classics Club, I planned to join since I read a lot of classics, but I never could make a list of 50, so it kind of went by the wayside.

    My favorites of the ones you haven’t gotten to yet are Madame Bovary and The Mayor of Casterbridge,

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