Joining the Classics Club

The Classics Club is “a club created to inspire people to read and blog about classic books.” To join, you must compile a list of 50+ classics you plan to read within five years or less.

I’m excited to sign up for the challenge, with a goal of completing 65 classics I have been wanting to read or reread. These are all books that I either already own, or that are in the public domain and therefore available as free e-books.

I’m setting my completion date as: July 6, 2021, four years from today. Wish me luck!

Below is my Classics Club reading list. I will also keep a separate page (organized alphabetically by author) that I will update with links to reviews as I go.

 

1. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

2. Middlemarch by George Eliot

3. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen*

4. Watership Down by Richard Adams

5. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

6. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Bradden

7. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell

8. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

9. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

10. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf

11. No Name by Wilkie Collins

12. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

13. Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery

14. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

15. The Lark by E. Nesbit

16. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

17. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton

18. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte*

19. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Ann Bronte*

20. The Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain

21. Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky

22. The Priory by Dorothy Whipple

23. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

24. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf

25. The Shuttle by Francis Hodgson Burnett

26. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith*

27. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

28. The Crowded Street by Winifred Holtby

29. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier*

30. Belinda by Maria Edgeworth

31. Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford

32. Westwood Stella Gibbons

33. The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maughm

34. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

35. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

36. Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

37. Evelina by Frances Burney*

38. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

39. Macbeth by William Shakespeare

40. Heidi by Johanna Spyri

41. The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen

42. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank*

43. Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos

44. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

45. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell*

46. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

47. Deerbrook by Harriet Martineau

48. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*

49. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

50. Beloved by Toni Morrison

51. 1984 by George Orwell

52. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym

53. Mariana by Monica Dickens

54. Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh

55. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton

56. The Ladies’ Paradise by Émile Zola

57. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

58. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood*

59. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf

60. The Group by Mary McCarthy

61. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

62. The Journals of Sylvia Plath 

63. The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas

64. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot

65. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather

*Denotes a reread

 

Do you see any of your favorite classics on this list? What classics have you been meaning to read?

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  1. I came across your blog because you left a comment on Rhymes & Ribbons recommending To Say Nothing of the Dog. I figured anyone who liked that book must have a blog worth investigating! This is a great list of books. Quite a few of these are on my own Classics Club list. I just reread Mariana last week, Dorothy Whipple is very good, and Three Men in a Boat is a joy and a pleasure. I just noticed that your previous post is about a Mary Stewart book. Well! It sounds like we have similar taste in books. (As long as you liked Mary Stewart, that is. I’ll go read your post now and find out.)

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    1. Jennifer, for some reason I didn’t see this comment until today- so sorry! It definitely sounds like we have similar taste in books. I love Mary Stewart and TO Say Nothing of the Dog is a new favorite. Have you read any other Connie Willis? I just followed you on bloglovin and look forward to chatting books in the future.

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  2. I’ve read quite a few of these actually:
    Middlemarch by George Eliot
    Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
    War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
    Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Bradden
    The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy +
    Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery*
    No Name by Wilkie Collins
    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte*
    The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Ann Bronte*
    A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith*
    Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie +
    Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
    Evelina by Frances Burney
    Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier*
    Macbeth by William Shakespeare
    The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood +
    *= a favorite
    += want to read it again
    A few others are very good even if they don’t quite make my cut as favorites!

    My list would probably include some of these:
    Dangerous Liaisons Pierre Choderlos De Laclos
    The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
    Daniel Deronda George Eliot
    Three Men in a Boat Jerome K. Jerome
    Wise Children Angela Carter
    Orlando: A Biography by Virginia Woolf
    The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
    Germinal by Emile Zola
    The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
    If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino
    But it’s not limited to those by any means. Actually it would be a pretty long list…
    Best of luck!

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  3. Wow that seems like such a good idea. I have been meaning to read more classics and thought of trying to read one a month or something. I might have to join you.

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  4. Great list! For my Classics Club reading, I have read some different books by the same authors – Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, Anna Karenina by Tolstoy, Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, Armadale by Wilkie Collins, The Aspern Papers by Henry James. I would like to read your picks too though.

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  5. This is the greatest idea ever 😃 nobody ever wants to read classics with me… but this…this beautiful group of people who wants to do the same thing as me? I literally cannot wait to get home from work to put up my list 😁
    So glad I stumbled across your post!

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