The Classics Club

51 Classics (and counting) in 5 Years

The Classics Club

I decided to join The Classics Club. I’ve made a list of books that I would like to read by November 2018. Some of the books are re-reads, some are books I’ve been meaning to read for a long time already, and some are books I have never heard of before (ahem). I started with a list of 51 books, but it keeps growing. It’s quite fun to see where this is going. Here is my list, alphabetical by author:

  1. Abe, Kobo, The Woman in the Dunes
  2. Adams, Richard, Watership Down
  3. Alcott, Louisa May, Little Women (read 2/16)
  4. Arendt, Hannah, Rahel Varnhagen: The Life of a Jewess
  5. Atwood, Margaret, The Handmaid’s Tale
  6. Austen, Mary, The Land of Little Rain
  7. Boell, Heinrich, Group Portrait with Lady
  8. Bowen, Elizabeth, To the North
  9. Bradbury, Ray, Fahrenheit 451
  10. Brittain, Vera, A Testament of Youth
  11. Brontë, Anne, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (read 12/13)
  12. Buchan, John, The Thirty-Nine Steps
  13. Bulgakov, Mikhail, The Master and Margarita
  14. Burnett, Frances Hodgson, The Secret Garden
  15. Burney, Frances, Cecilia
  16. Cather, Willa, Death Comes for the Archbishop (read 3/14)
  17. Cather, Willa, My Mortal Enemy (read 12/14)
  18. Cather, Willa, One of Ours
  19. Christie, Agatha, 4:50 to Paddington (read 2/17)
  20. Christie, Agatha, Nemesis (read 3/17)
  21. Collins, Wilkie, The Woman in White
  22. Dahl, Roald, James and the Giant Peach (read 9/14)
  23. Dahl, Roald, Matilda (read 7/14)
  24. Dickens, Charles, A Christmas Carol (read 12/14)
  25. Droste-Hülshoff, Annette von, The Jew’s Beech Tree
    (read 11/15)
  26. du Maurier, Daphne, Rebecca
  27. Dumas, Alexandre, The Black Tulip
  28. Dunbar, Paul Laurence, The Sport of the Gods (read 2/14)
  29. Duras, Marguerite, The War (read 4/17)
  30. Edgeworth, Maria, Belinda
  31. Endo, Shusaku, Silence
  32. Fallada, Hans, Every Man Dies Alone
  33. Flaubert, Gustave, Madame Bovary, Part I, Part II, Part III (read 4/14)
  34. Forster, E.M., A Room with a View (read 3/14)
  35. Gaskell, Elizabeth, North and South
  36. Greene, Graham, The End of the Affair (read 1/15)
  37. Hardy, Thomas, Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  38. Hemingway, Ernest, A Moveable Feast (read 1/14)
  39. Hemingway, Ernest, A Farewell to Arms
  40. Hemingway, Ernest, The Old Man and the Sea (read 7/14)
  41. Hesse, Herman, Siddharta (read 3/14)
  42. Hughes, Dorothy B., In a Lonely Place (read 10/16)
  43. Ishiguro, Kazuo, The Remains of the Day
  44. Jackson, Helen Hunt, Ramona
  45. Jackson, Shirley, The Haunting of Hill House (read 9/14)
  46. Jackson, Shirley, We Have Always Lived in the Castle (read 10/14)
  47. Jerome, Jerome K., Three Men in a Boat
    (read 10/15)
  48. Jewett, Sarah Orne, The Country of the Pointed Firs
  49. Kawabata, Yasunari, Thousand Cranes
  50. Kerouac, Jack, On the Road
  51. Kleist, Heinrich von, The Marquise of O (read 3/15)
  52. Lagerlöff, Selma, The Wonderful Adventures of Nils
  53. Larsen, Nella, Passing (read 1/15)
  54. Le Carré, John, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    (read 10/15)
  55. Lee, Harper, To Kill a Mockingbird (read 7/14)
  56. Levi, Primo, The Periodic Table
  57. Lewis, C. S., The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  58. Lindgren, Astrid, Pippi Longstocking (read 12/14)
  59. MacInnes, Helen, Assignment in Brittany (read 5/16)
  60. Mann, Thomas, Death in Venice
  61. McClung, Nellie, Purple Springs
  62. McCullers, Carson, The Ballad of the Sad Café (read 2/15)
  63. Mitchell, Margaret, Gone With the Wind (read 7/15)
  64. Mitford, Nancy, Love in a Cold Climate
  65. Monsarrat, Nicholas, The Cruel Sea (4/17)
  66. O’Brien, Tim, The Things They Carried (read 5/15)
  67. O’Connor, Flannery, Wise Blood (read 2/16)
  68. Petry, Ann, The Street (read 3/17)
  69. Remarque, Erich Maria, All Quiet on the Western Front (read 6/14)
  70. Seghers, Anna, The Seventh Cross (read 11/16)
  71. Smith, Betty, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (read 7/14)
  72. Soseki, Natsume, Kokoro
  73. Steinbeck, John, Cannery Row
  74. Stoker, Bram, Dracula (read 3/15)
  75. Tanizaki, Junichiro, Naomi (read 6/15)
  76. Verne, Jules, Around the World in Eighty Days
    (read 11/13)
  77. Walker, Mildred, Winter Wheat
  78. Warner, Sylvia Townsend, Summer Will Show
  79. Waugh, Evelyn, Brideshead Revisited (read 1/15)
  80. Wharton, Edith, The Age of Innocence (read 5/14)
  81. Wharton, Edith, Xingu (read 5/14)
  82. Wharton, Edith, The House of Mirth (read 9/14)
  83. Wharton, Edith, The Custom of the Country
  84. Wharton, Edith, Summer (read 5/15)
  85. von Arnim, Elizabeth, Enchanted April
  86. West, Dorothy, The Living Is Easy
  87. Wodehouse, P.G., The Luck of the Bodkins (read 4/17)
  88. Zola, Emile, L’Assommoir (read 12/13)



  1. I have a couple of your choices in my Classics Club challenge but there are a few here I haven’t heard of. I really enjoyed Edith Wharton when I discovered her a couple of years ago.

  2. You’re right, we do have a lot of books in common! I’m so excited that “The Poisonwood Bible” is on your list – Barbara Kingsolver is one of my all-time favorite authors. Have you read anything else by her? Her other novels are generally lighter reads than this one (she has a floaty quality to her writing that makes you breeze through her works), but I remember closing “The Poisonwood Bible” and just thinking, Wow. Seeing “Little Women” and “Anne of Green Gables” also makes me want to go out and re-read them right now. Good luck and happy reading!

    • I have read A Prodigal Summer by Kingsolver, and it was wonderful. I am looking forward to reading The Poisonwood Bible. It’s fun to look at other bloggers’ lists and find old favorites on them, isn’t it?

  3. You have so many wonderful titles to look forward to here!

    I love going through everyone’s lists. For some reason, seeing books like “Don Quixote” bump up against something like “Matilda” in a list just makes me ridiculously happy.

    Happy reading!

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