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.