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. Austen, Mary, The Land of Little Rain
  6. Boell, Heinrich, Group Portrait with Lady
  7. Bowen, Elizabeth, To the North
  8. Bradbury, Ray, Fahrenheit 451
  9. Brittain, Vera, A Testament of Youth
  10. Brontë, Anne, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (read 12/13)
  11. Buchan, John, The Thirty-Nine Steps
  12. Bulgakov, Mikhail, The Master and Margarita
  13. Burnett, Frances Hodgson, The Secret Garden
  14. Burney, Frances, Cecilia
  15. Cather, Willa, Death Comes for the Archbishop (read 3/14)
  16. Cather, Willa, My Mortal Enemy (read 12/14)
  17. Cather, Willa, One of Ours
  18. Chaze, Elliott, Black Wings Has My Angel (read 9/17)
  19. Chopin, Kate, The Awakening (read 5/17)
  20. Christie, Agatha, 4:50 to Paddington (read 2/17)
  21. Christie, Agatha, Nemesis (read 3/17)
  22. Cleland, John, Fanny Hill (read 6/17)
  23. Colette, The Vagabond (read 7/17)
  24. Collins, Wilkie, The Woman in White
  25. Dahl, Roald, James and the Giant Peach (read 9/14)
  26. Dahl, Roald, Matilda (read 7/14)
  27. Dickens, Charles, A Christmas Carol (read 12/14)
  28. Droste-Hülshoff, Annette von, The Jew’s Beech Tree
    (read 11/15)
  29. du Maurier, Daphne, Rebecca
  30. Dumas, Alexandre, The Black Tulip
  31. Dunbar, Paul Laurence, The Sport of the Gods (read 2/14)
  32. Duras, Marguerite, The War (read 4/17)
  33. Edgeworth, Maria, Belinda
  34. Endo, Shusaku, Silence
  35. Fallada, Hans, Every Man Dies Alone
  36. Flaubert, Gustave, Madame Bovary, Part I, Part II, Part III (read 4/14)
  37. Forster, E.M., A Room with a View (read 3/14)
  38. Gaskell, Elizabeth, North and South
  39. Gaskell, Elizabeth, Cranford (read 6/17)
  40. Greene, Graham, The End of the Affair (read 1/15)
  41. Hardy, Thomas, Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  42. Hemingway, Ernest, A Moveable Feast (read 1/14)
  43. Hemingway, Ernest, A Farewell to Arms
  44. Hemingway, Ernest, The Old Man and the Sea (read 7/14)
  45. Hesse, Herman, Siddharta (read 3/14)
  46. Hughes, Dorothy B., In a Lonely Place (read 10/16)
  47. Ishiguro, Kazuo, The Remains of the Day
  48. Jackson, Helen Hunt, Ramona
  49. Jackson, Shirley, The Haunting of Hill House (read 9/14)
  50. Jackson, Shirley, We Have Always Lived in the Castle (read 10/14)
  51. Jerome, Jerome K., Three Men in a Boat
    (read 10/15)
  52. Jewett, Sarah Orne, The Country of the Pointed Firs
  53. Kawabata, Yasunari, Thousand Cranes
  54. Kerouac, Jack, On the Road
  55. Kleist, Heinrich von, The Marquise of O (read 3/15)
  56. Lagerlöff, Selma, The Wonderful Adventures of Nils
  57. Larsen, Nella, Passing (read 1/15)
  58. Le Carré, John, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    (read 10/15)
  59. Lee, Harper, To Kill a Mockingbird (read 7/14)
  60. Levi, Primo, The Periodic Table
  61. Lewis, C. S., The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  62. Lindgren, Astrid, Pippi Longstocking (read 12/14)
  63. MacInnes, Helen, Assignment in Brittany (read 5/16)
  64. Mann, Thomas, Death in Venice
  65. McClung, Nellie, Purple Springs
  66. McCullers, Carson, The Ballad of the Sad Café (read 2/15)
  67. Mitchell, Margaret, Gone With the Wind (read 7/15)
  68. Mitford, Nancy, Love in a Cold Climate
  69. Monsarrat, Nicholas, The Cruel Sea (4/17)
  70. O’Brien, Tim, The Things They Carried (read 5/15)
  71. O’Connor, Flannery, Wise Blood (read 2/16)
  72. Petry, Ann, The Street (read 3/17)
  73. Radcliffe, Ann, A Sicilian Romance (read 9/17)
  74. Remarque, Erich Maria, All Quiet on the Western Front (read 6/14)
  75. Seghers, Anna, The Seventh Cross (read 11/16)
  76. Smith, Betty, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (read 7/14)
  77. Soseki, Natsume, Kokoro
  78. Steinbeck, John, Cannery Row
  79. Stoker, Bram, Dracula (read 3/15)
  80. Tanizaki, Junichiro, Naomi (read 6/15)
  81. Taylor, Rosemary, Chicken Every Sunday (read 6/17)
  82. Verne, Jules, Around the World in Eighty Days
    (read 11/13)
  83. Walker, Mildred, Winter Wheat
  84. Warner, Sylvia Townsend, Summer Will Show
  85. Waugh, Evelyn, Brideshead Revisited (read 1/15)
  86. Wharton, Edith, The Age of Innocence (read 5/14)
  87. Wharton, Edith, Xingu (read 5/14)
  88. Wharton, Edith, The House of Mirth (read 9/14)
  89. Wharton, Edith, The Custom of the Country
  90. Wharton, Edith, Summer (read 5/15)
  91. von Arnim, Elizabeth, Enchanted April
  92. Wells, H.G., The Island of Dr. Moreau (read 9/17)
  93. West, Dorothy, The Living Is Easy
  94. Wodehouse, P.G., The Luck of the Bodkins (read 4/17)
  95. 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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