Classics Club

 Jillian at A Room of One's Own began The Classics Club in March of 2012.  The basic point of it is to encourage reading the Classics, specifically listing the books I want to read in the next 5 years.  Some of these I am already planning on reading this year... but most are titles that I've been wanting to read or reread for a long time now.  Five years is a long time though, so I may change up my list a bit - but most likely I will just be adding to it!

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ATTENTION!  As of August 1, 2012 - The Classics Club moved to its own website!  Click HERE to see the latest and greatest regarding the Club, including how to join, find great book recommendations & member reviews, and LOTS of Classics-minded events!  I am also a moderator of The Classics Club, so feel free to ask any questions you may have!
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UPDATE:  I started this with a list of 50 books.  When I came up with that list, I inadvertently forgot several books and did not include any books that I'd like to read again.  So, I revised my list.  I fully intend on reading 50 books from this list by March 7, 2017....  but will give myself checkpoints after that point (1 additional year per 10 books on the list).  I have also rewritten the list so that it is in alphabetical order by author's last name. And I just keep adding books....  the list is never-ending, but I must hit my goal dates!


Start Date:  March 7, 2012
End Date:    March 7, 2017 (for 50 out of total books)
2nd End Date:  March 7, 2018 (for 60 out of total books)
3rd End Date:   March 7, 2019 (for 70 out of total books)
4th End Date:   March 7, 2020 (for 80 out of total books)
5th End Date:   March 7, 2021 (for 90 out of total books)
6th End Date:  March 7, 2022 (for 100 out of total books)


Total Read to Date:  42 of first 50 

The List:

  1.  Adams, Douglas - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy   review
  2.  Alcott, Louisa May - Little Women
  3.  Aristophanes - Lysistrata
  4.  Austen, Jane - Emma  review
  5.  Austen, Jane - Persuasion
  6.  Austen, Jane - Sense & Sensibility   review
  7.  Baum, L. Frank - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz  review 
  8.  Behn, Aphra - Oroonoko
  9.  Bronte, Anne - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
10.  Burroughs, William - Junky
11.  Capote, Truman - In Cold Blood
12. Cather, Willa - O Pioneers!   review

13. Cather, Willa - One of Ours
14. Chang, Jung - Wild Swans
15. Choderlos de Laclos, Pierre - Dangerous Liaisons
16. Collins, Wilkie - The Woman in White
17. DeFoe, Daniel - Robinson Crusoe
18. Dickens, Charles - A Tale of Two Cities
19. Dickens, Charles - Bleak House
20. Dickens, Charles - Great Expectations
21. Dickens, Charles - Oliver Twist    review
22. Dostoevsky, Fyodor - The Idiot
23. Dumas, Alexandre - The Count of Monte Cristo
24. Dumas, Alexandre - The Three Musketeers
25. du Maurier, Daphne - Rebecca
26. Eliot, George - The Mill on the Floss
27. Ellison, Ralph - Invisible Man
28. Ellroy, James - The Black Dahlia
29. Eugenides, Jeffrey - Middlesex
30. Faulkner, William - As I Lay Dying   review
31. Flaubert, Gustave - Madame Bovary
32. Forster, E.M. - A Room With A View  review
33. Gaskell, Elizabeth - North and South
34. Gibbons, Stella - Cold Comfort Farm
35. Golding, William - Lord of the Flies
36. Hammett, Dashiell - The Maltese Falcon  review
37. Hemingway, Ernest - In Our Time
38. Hemingway, Ernest - The Sun Also Rises  review
39. Hemingway, Ernest - To Have and Have Not
40. Hamsun, Knut - Hunger
41. Henry, O - Collected Stories  review
42. Hesse, Hermann - Steppenwolf
43. Hurston, Zora Neale - Their Eyes Were Watching God  review
44. Ishiguro, Kazuo - The Remains of the Day
45. James, Henry - The Turn of the Screw
46. Joyce, James - The Dubliners
47. Juster, Norton - The Phantom Tollbooth   review
48. Keller, Helen - The Story of My Life
49. Kerouac, Jack - Visions of Cody
50. Keyes, Daniel - Flowers For Algernon   review
51. Lawrence, D.H. - Women in Love
52. Lee, Harper - To Kill A Mockingbird     review
53. Miller, Arthur - The Crucible
54. Mitchell, Margaret - Gone With The Wind   review
55. Orczy, Baroness - The Scarlet Pimpernel
56. Orwell, George - Animal Farm    review
57. Orwell, George - Nineteen Eighty-Four
58. Pamuk, Orhan - Snow
59. Poe, Edgar Allen - The Fall of the House of Usher review
60. Poe, Edgar Allen - The Pit and The Pendulum  review
61. Pushkin, Alexander - Eugene Onegin
62. Puzo, Mario - The Godfather
63. Pynchon, Thomas - The Crying of Lot 49
64. Radcliffe, Ann - The Mysteries of Udolfo
65. Remarque, Erich Maria - All Quiet on the Western Front
66. Rhys, Jean - Wide Sargasso Sea  review
67. Rousseau, Jean-Jacques - Confessions
68. Saint-Exupery, Antoine de - The Little Prince  review

69. Sinclair, Upton - The Jungle
70. Solzhenitsyn, Alexander - One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich  review
71. Stein, Gertrude - The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
72. Stevenson, Robert Louis - Treasure Island   review
73. Stoker, Bram - Dracula
74. Swift, Jonathan - A Modest Proposal   review
75. Thoreau, Henry David - Walden
76. Tolkien, J.R.R. - The Hobbit    review
77. Trumbo, Dalton - Johnny Got His Gun
78. Twain, Mark - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court  
79. Twain, Mark - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer  review
80. Twain, Mark - Pudd'nhead Wilson  review
81. Verne, Jules - Around The World in Eighty Days   review
82. Voltaire - Candide    review
83. Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five   review
84. Wells, H.G. - The Time Machine
85. Wells, H.G. - War of the Worlds    review
86. Wharton, Edith - The House of Mirth review (DNF)
87. Wilde, Oscar - An Ideal Husband
88. Wilder, Thornton - The Bridge of San Luis Rey  review
89. Woolf, Virginia - Mrs. Dalloway   review
90. Washington, Booker T. - Up From Slavery  review

Let's make it an even 100, shall we?

91.  The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
92.  And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie - review
93.  I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith   review
94.  The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio  review
95.  Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
96.  Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery  review
97.  The Giver by Lois Lowry  review
98.  The Art of War by Sun Tzu   review
99.  Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
100.  Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad   review

3 comments:

bookishhobbit said...

You've got some good books on this list. :) Happy reading!

Bookworm Belle said...

The Hobbit. The Count of Monte Cristo. Dangerous Liasons. You've gotta bump those suckas up on your reading list, I highly recommend them!

Beachreader said...

You have a nice variety of books. It looks like everyone has a little "Austen" on their list.
Happy Reading!!

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