Classics Clubs: My reading list

The Classics Club is a group which challenges you to read a set amount of classics (50+) in 5 years. This is my list to complete by November 2022! I’ll link the titles to my reviews as I go along.
This list includes re-reads, I read many great classics at university and would love to reread them as a reader rather than a student. I have included the odd play and essay, some children’s books, foreign fiction and genre fiction.

1. Agamennon by Aeschylus – I’m reading Colm Tobin’s House of Names and want to know the original story.
2. Stories of Eva Luna by Isabel Allende – It’ll be nice to revisit this author with a new to me book.
3 -10. Emma, Lady Susan, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Catharine and Other Writings by Jane Austen – It’ll be nice to revisit this author and I’ve seen some gorgeous editions I’d love to add to my collection.
11. Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin – I’ve heard so many good things.
12. Peter Pan by J.M Barrie – beloved children’s classic.
13. Nightwood by Djuna Barnes – tbr pile.
14. Devil by the Sea by Nina Bawden – tbr pile.
15. Billiards at Half-Past Nine by Heinrich Boll – tbr pile.
16. Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges.
17. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon – been on my tbr for far too long.
18-19. Agnes Grey, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte – I know I’ve read these before but I have little memory of them.
20-23. Shirley, The Professor, Vilette, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – 2 rereads and 2 new to me reads, like Austen I’ve seen some beautiful editions.
24. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – re-read.
25. The Master and Margarita by Milhail Bulgakov – I want to retry this but research translators this time.
26-27. O’Pioneers, My Antonio by Willa Cather – 1 a re-read and the other to discover more by this author.
28-31. The Woman in White, Armadale, No Name, The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins – long ago I read two of the more famous of these and would love to revisit him after reading The Haunted Hotel last year.
32. The Aventures of Pinnochio by Carlo Collodi – as I think I’ve only seen the film.
33. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielwski – as I paid a lot for this book and never managed it.
34. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre – adding in a different genre or two.
35. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes – been on mount tbr for a good 15 years!
36. The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick – tbr pile.
37-40.Bleak House, Barnaby Rudge, Little Dorrit, The Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – some re-reads and some new to me.
41-42. The Idiot, The Brothers Karamavoz by Fyodor Dostoevsky – as I loved Crime and Punishment.
43-46. Castle Dor, Frenchman’s Creek, The Birds, Don’t Look Now by Daphne Du Maurier – all on my tbr, I loved Rebecca and My Cousin Rachael .
47. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – I loved this years ago.
48. The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy – tbr.
49-50. The Mill on the Floss, Adam Bede, by George Eliot – when I started university this was one of the books everyone else seemed to have read and I hadn’t.
51. Middlemarch by George Eliot – a reread as I read this in a few days when I was suddenly placed on a second choice course at university.
52. The Wasteland and other poems by T.S Eliot – I loved this poem at university.
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison – tbr pile.
53. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks – I remember loving it, I remember little else.
54. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding – on my tbr for far too long.
55. Room with a View by E.M Forster – I loved Howard’s End.
56. A Maggot by John Fowles – I loved The Collector
57. The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy – tbr pile.
58-59. Cranford, Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell – I loved North and South.
60. The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass – always meant to read.
61-66. The End of the Affair, Brighton Rock, Our Man in Havana, Travels with my Aunt, The Human Factor, England Made Me by Graham Greene – I read Brightom Rock years ago and would love to read more.
67. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall – tbr pile.
68-69. Tess of the d’Urbervelles, Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy – I loved Tess and his poetry.
70. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne – because I’ve always meant to and never have.
71. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller – in need of a reread.
72-74. Green Hills of Africa, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemmingway – I bought a collection of his books whilst I was reading Mrs Hemmingway by Naomi Wood (a great book which I may reread) for a book group, I have these left to read.
75. Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse – tbr pile.
76. The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith – varying genres.
77. South Riding by Winifred Holtby – tbr pile.
78-79. Les Miserable, The Hunchback of Notre Damme by Victor Hugo – one reread and one new to me.
80-81. A Prayer for Owen Meaney, The World According to Garp by John Irving – I’ve owned for years and heard such great things.
82. Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro – another book I studied at A Level, I’ve read many of his other books but never reread this.
83. The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James – I loved this and it needs a reread.
84-85.The Trial, America by Franz Kafka – I’ve owned these forever.
86.Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata – as I won’t to explore some world classics.
87.On the Road by Jack Kerouac – a book I feel I should have read.
88. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey – another A Level reread.
89. The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley – tbr pile.
90. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Laroux – a book where I think everyone apart from me knows the story.
91. Independent People by Halldor Laxness
92. How Green was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn – I’ve heard such great things.
93-94. Parade’s End, The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford – I’ve meant to get to Parade’s End since the TV show.
95-96. 100 Years of Solitude, The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – One previously loved and one new to me.
97-98. The Painted Veil, Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham – an author I’ve heard so many good things about.
99. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers – I listened to this but don’t think I got to appreciate it fully.
100. Moby Dick by Hermann Merville – my nemesis, one day I’ll complete this book.
101-102. A View from the Bridge, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller – someone else I feel I should have got to by now.
103. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – I loved this years ago.
104. Anne of Green Gable by L.M Montgomery – a childhood classic I never read.
105. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Marakami – I’ve read many of his others but not got to this yet.
106. So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell – I’ve heard good things about this author.
107. Collected Stories by Alice Munro – I’d like to read more by this author.
108-109. The Sea, The Sea, The Bell by Iris Murdoch – tbr pile.
110. Lolita by Valdimir Nabokov – tbr hanger on.
111. A House for Mr Biswas by V.S Naipaul – tbr pile.
112-113. Wise Blood, Everything that Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor – someone I want to discover.
114. The Third Policeman by Brian O’Nolan – tbr pile.
115-117. 1984, The Road to Wigan Pier, Collected Essays by George Orwell – I loved 1984, didn’t have quite the same reaction to Animal Farm but would love to read more.
118. Good Evening, Mrs Craven by Mollie Panter Downes – tbr pile.
119. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak – I feel this needs a second chance.
120-122. Gormengahst Trilogy by Mervyn Peake – always meant to get to these.
123. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett – my fiance’s suggestion for the challenge.
124. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym – I keep hearing good things.
125. Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys – I loved Wide Sagasso Sea.
126. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson – again I’ve heard good things.
127. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie – another book I rushed over at university.
128. The Door by Magda Szabo – trying to include some world classics.
129. The Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner – one of the books which always catch me out on the ‘100 books you should have read lists’.
130. The Emigrants by W.G Sebald – tbr.
131. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – possibly only on this list as I’ve seen a copy I need an excuse to buy.
132. The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu – trying to include some world classics.
133. The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon – trying to include some world classics.
134. Ceremony by Leslie Silko Marmon – trying to include some world classics.
135. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair – tbr pile.
136-37. Antigone, Electra by Sophocles – a favourite and a new to me.
138-140. East of Eden, Travel with Charley, Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck – I love Steinbeck, I was tempted to add them all.
141. Tristam Shandy by Laurence Sterne – a book I’ve been meaning to get to forever.
142. The Makioka Sisters by Jun’Ichiro Tanizaki
143. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery – tbr clinger on.
144. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – due for a reread.
145. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton – I need to rediscover this author.
146. Our Town by Wilder Thorton – play.
147. Kristin Lavransdaater by Sigrid Undset – tbr and a personal challenge.
148. Stoner by John Williams – a book I keep meaning to pick up,
149. Orlando by Virginia Wolf – tbr.
150. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates – I’ve heard lots of praise for this one.


3 thoughts on “Classics Clubs: My reading list

  1. I love reading the classics and challenge myself to read them in a limited amount of time. Already read Les Misérables (my favorite classic), Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, and Don Quixote, but plan to read some of these again, but not in a limited amount of time. Will eventually read Hunchback of Notre Dame, Nicholas Nickleby and David Copperfield


    • Yes there are many on this list which are rereads, I joined in with this challenge as I’m often distracted by the shiny bright covers of new releases and forget my love for the classics


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