The Classics Club

This is my landing page for The Classics Club challenge. I will come link my reviews of each book here once each one is read. (You can see my original blog post HERE which I posted on November 2, 2021.)

With The Classics Club challenge, you make a list of at least 50 classics that you’d like to read and set a time frame to read them in. I have certainly read a number of classics in the last few years so I think this challenge is do-able for me. This will be a goal – goal to get these books read in the time frame, goal to write a review of each one. But I have learned to say this is a goal – not an absolute. So I will be do my best to read each book and write about each one.

My classics list is longer than 50 books since this is my ever-evolving list of classics I’d like to read. I know I will likely continue to add to this list. AND I imagine I will start to read some and not like them and so set them aside. I want to leave room for the list to flex. As that list flexes, my goal for The Classics Club will be to read 50 of the classics from this list in 5 years.

Ok. So first, a few notes about my list.

  • What deems a book a classic in regards to how old it is seems to be inconclusive. For me, I usually consider anything 50 years or older a classic. However, my understanding is that as long as it’s 25 years or older, it can be considered classic. So my list will have titles that are at least 25 years old.
  • When I finish reading a title, I will write the finish date next to the title. I will also number them so I can keep a running total of the books I’ve read for the Challenge.
  • When I finish reading a title, I will link my review of it here. Each linked review will also be added to my new Book Reviews page.
  • If I give the book a star rating, I will put that star rating next to the title as well as in the review post. (See my Star Rating System Page for how I use star ratings.)
  • If I DNF (do not finish) a book, it will simply be removed from the list. If I decide to do a post about why I DNF a particular book, then I will leave it on the list and link to that post.
  • Some books are books I want to re-read. They are listed separately.

For now, I am just listing the books so I can get this post posted. I plan to come back and work on organizing this list more as I have time. Without further ado, here we go!

Date Started: November 1, 2021

Date to Finish By: November 1, 2026

1 – The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton (1911)

2 – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847)

3 – The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (1859)

4 – The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (1895) [play] (Finished 1/26/22 – #6)

5 – The War of the World by H. G. Wells (1897)

6 – Our Town by Thornton Wilder (1938) [play]

7 – My Antonia by Willa Cather (1918)

8 – O Pioneers by Willa Cather (1913)

9 – My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell (1956)

10 – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925) (Finished 3/18/22 – #8)

11 – Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (1945) (Finished 2/12/22 – #7)

12 – Mama’s Bank Account by Kathryn Forbes (1943)

13 – Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (1932)

14 – Paradise Lost by John Milton (1667/1674)

15 – 1984 by George Orwell (1949)

16 – I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (1948)

17 – The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald (1978) [Novella]

18 – The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain (1881)

19 – Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (1866)

20 – The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (1947)

21 – The Odyssey by Homer (8th century)

22 – Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson (1759)

23 – The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (1895)

24 – Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (1811)

25 – Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (1817)

26 – Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (1814)

27 – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (1943)

28 – The Warden by Anthony Trollope (1855)

29 – The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope (1875)

30 – A Room with a View by E. M. Forster (1908)

31 – Our Friend Manso by Benito Pérez Galdos (1882)

32 – Middlemarch by George Eliot (1871)

33 – Silas Marner by George Eliot (1861)

34 – Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (1856)

35 – Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev (1862)

36 – The Wonderful O by James Thurber (1957)

37 – The Makioka Sisters by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki (1948)

38 – A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich (1928)

39 – Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (1920)

40 – The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (1898)

41 – Under the Net by Iris Murdoch (1954)

42 – The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë (1848)

43 – Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë (1847)

44 – Vera by Elizabeth von Arnim (1921)

45 – Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier (1936)

46 – An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro (1986) (Finished 1/24/22 – #5)

47 – The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton (1922)

48 – Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton (1911) (Finished 11/25/21 – #1)

49 – Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (1891)

50 – Far from the Maddening Crowd by Thomas Hardy (1874)

51 – La Reine Margot by Alexandre Dumas (1845)

52 – The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas (1850)

53 – The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (1844)

54 – Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy (1899)

55 – A Dog’s Heart by Mikhail Bulgakov (1925)

56 – Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome (1889)

57 – Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens (1837)

58 – Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens (1839)

59 – Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore (1869)

60 – A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt (1960)

61 – One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn (1962)

62 – Good Morning, Miss Dove by Frances Gray Patton (1947)

63 – The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton (1967)

64 – All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (1928)

65 – The School for Scandal by Richard Sheridan (1777)

66 – Faust, Book I by Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1808)

67 – Everyman, a Morality Play (15th century)

68 – The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni (1827)

69 – Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl (1948)

70 – The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy (1905)

71 – Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis (1938)

72 – Perelandra by C. S. Lewis (1943)

73 – That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis (1945)

74 – The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1851)

75 – Greenmantle by John Buchan (1916)

76 – Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Alexander Brown (1970)

77 – Silas Marner by George Eliot (1861)

78 – The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (1831)

79 – Days with Sir Roger Coverley by Richard Steele (1715)

80 – Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (1726)

81 – A Tale of a Tub by Jonathan Swift (1704)

82 – Battle of the Books by Jonathan Swift (1704)

83 – The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith (1766)

84 – The Age of Revolution by Winston Churchill (1957)

85 – The Great Democracies by Winston Churchill (1958)

86 – The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (1890)

87 – Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (1958)

88 – Passing by Nella Larsen (1929) (Finished 12/5/21 – #3)

89 – My Kinsman, Major Molineux by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1832) [Short Story]

90 – Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1835) [Short Story]

91 – The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe (1839) [Short Story]

92 – The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol (1842) [Short Story]

93 – A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert (1877) [Short Story]

94 – The Grand Inquisitor by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1880) [Short Story]

95 – The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant (1884) [Short Story]

96 – How Much Land Does a Man Need? by Leo Tolstoy (1886) [Short Story]

97 – The Open Boat by Stephen Crane (1897) [Short Story]

98 – The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares (1940) [Novella]

99 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (1958) [Novella]

100 – The Pearl by John Steinbeck (1945)

101 – The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck (1961)

102 – Hiroshima by John Hersey (1946) (Finished 1/15/22 – #4)

103 – Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain (1933)

104 – Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (1st century)

105 – The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy (1886)

106 – A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute (1950)

107 – Frederica by Georgette Heyer (1965)

108 – The Road from Home by David Kherdian (1979)

109 – Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay (1967)

110 – Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie (1937)

111 – A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway (1964)

112 – The Torrents of Spring by Ernest Hemingway (1926)

113 – The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (1926)

114 – To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway (1937)

115 – For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway (1940)

116 – Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway (1970)

Re-Reads

1 – War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (1869) (Finished 11/30/21 – #2)

2 – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818)

3 – At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon (1994)

4 – The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993)

5 – North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (1854)

6 – Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (1938)

7 – The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (1905)

8 – The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Doestoevsky (1879)

9 – The Trial by Franz Kafka (1925)

10 – The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939)

11 – The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien (1954)

12 – The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien (1954)

13 – The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien (1955)

14 – Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner (1987)