The Classics Club

Jillian of A Room of One’s Own started The Classics Club a few months ago, so I’m a little behind joining, but I’m SO excited. The Classics Club has grown so big that it actually has its own blog now.

Basically, it is a super-challenge that readers can join to commit to reading a minimum of 50 classics within the next 5 years (you choose how many and what titles). It is a way to connect to other readers, find suggestions and reviews of classics, and finally tackle that TBR classics pile!

Since I have a tendency to get in over my head with challenges, I’m going to sign up for the minimum of 50 classics over 5 years and leave some room for other reading options. Here is my list for now, but it is meant to be a living list that can change or be added on to in the future. I will be linking reviews on this page and on The Classics Club blog. Please tell me what classics I should consider adding to my list and if you are doing this challenge too! Expect my list to change quite a bit, especially since I don’t have all my books with me right now (I just moved) and I KNOW they include a lot of classics that I would like to read soon. Also, note that a classic is not just defined by being old, especially for this challenge. Classics have some basic things in common, but Jillian is pretty flexible about the definition 😉

My Commitment Level: 50 classic books (I listed more because I like to have choices)
y Start Date: August 12, 2012
My End Date: August 12, 2017

The List:

  1. Alcott, Louisa May – Little Women
  2. Alighieri, Dante – Inferno
  3. Austen, Jane – Emma
  4. Austen, Jane – Persuasian
  5. Austen, Jane – Sense and Sensibility
  6. Bradbury, Ray – Fahrenheit 451
  7. Bronte, Charlotte – Jane Eyre
  8. Bronte, Emily – Wuthering Heights
    (Really looking forward to this!) edit: just bought an amazing copy of this – can’t wait!
  9. Burgess, Anthony – A Clockwork Orange
  10. Burnett, Frances Hodgson – A Little Princess (re-read)
  11. Burnett, Frances Hodgson – The Secret Garden (re-read)
  12. Capote, Truman – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  13. Carroll, Lewis – Alice in Wonderland
  14. Dahl, Roald – Matilda
  15. De Cervantes, Miguel – Don Quixote
  16. Dickens, Charles – Bleak House
  17. Dickens, Charles – Great Expectations
    (I’m ashamed to admit I’ve started this a few times and never finished it – though I have enjoyed it, I just somehow end up very distracted and forget about this one)
  18. Dickens, Charles – The Old Curiosity Shop
  19. Dickens, Charles – David Copperfield
  20. Dostoyevsky, Fyodor – The Brothers Karamazov
  21. Dumas, Alexandre – The Count of Monte Cristo
  22. Du Maurier, Daphne – Rebecca
  23. Eugenides, Jeffrey – Middlesex
  24. Faulkner, William – As I Lay Dying
  25. Faulkner, William – The Sound and The Fury
  26. Fitzgerald, F. Scott – The Great Gatsby (re-read)
  27. Forster, E. M. – A Room With A View
  28. Hardy, Thomas – Tess of the D’Urbevilles
  29. Hawthorne, Nathaniel – The Scarlet Letter
  30. Heller, Joseph – Catch-22
  31. Homer – The Iliad
  32. Homer – The Odyssey
  33. Hosseini, Khaled – The Kite Runner
  34. Hugo, Victor – Les Miserables
  35. Ishiguro, Kazuo – The Remains of the Day
  36. Ishiguro, Kazuo – Never Let Me Go (re-read)
  37. James, Henry – The Portrait of a Lady
  38. Kesey, Ken – One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
  39. Knowles, John – A Separate Peace (re-read)
  40. Leroux, Gaston – The Phantom of the Opera
  41. L’Engle, Madeleine – A Wrinkle In Time
    (How have I never read this?!? Must fix!)
  42. Lewis, C.S. – The Magicians Nephew (re-read)
  43. Lewis, C.S. – The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (re-read)
  44. Lewis, C.S. – The Horse and His Boy (re-read)
  45. Lewis, C.S. – Prince Caspian (re-read)
  46. Lewis, C.S. – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (re-read)
  47. Lewis, C.S. – The Silver Chair (re-read)
  48. Lewis, C.S. – The Last Battle (re-read)
  49. Marquez, Gabriel Garcia – Love in the Time of Cholera
  50. McEwan, Ian – Atonement review here
  51. Mitchell, Margaret – Gone With The Wind
    (SO excited for this one!)
  52. Nabokov, Vladimir – Lolita
  53. Orwell, George – 1984
  54. Salinger, J.D. – The Catcher in the Rye (re-read)
  55. Sewell, Anna – Black Beauty
  56. Shakespeare, William – Macbeth
    (Surprisingly, I’ve never read this)
  57. Shakespeare, William – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  58. Stevenson, Robert Louis – The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
  59. Styron, William – Sophie’s Choice
  60. Thoreau, Henry David – Walden
  61. Tolkien, J.R.R. – The Hobbit
    (I really, really, need to read this so I can actually say I’ve read SOMETHING of Tolkien’s. The shame!)
  62. Tolstoy, Leo – Anna Karenina
  63. Tolstoy, Leo – War and Peace
  64. Von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang – The Sorrows of Young Werther
    (Can somebody please explain to me how to write authors name in the Last Name, First name format when names like this come up? I never know how to do it correctly)
  65. Walker, Alice – The Color Purple
  66. Wharton, Edith – Ethan Frome
  67. Wiesel, Elie – Night
    (Another one I can’t believe I haven’t read yet)
  68. Wilde, Oscar – The Picture of Dorian Gray
  69. Woolf, Virginia – A Room of One’s Own

That’s all for now, but expect this list to be constantly updated, expanded, and maybe a few replaced!

Who else will be joining me?!

8 comments on “The Classics Club

  1. Jillian ♣ says:

    Some excellent picks! I can’t wait to know what you think of these books. 🙂

  2. I just re-read the Narnia books a couple years ago and it was wonderful to read them as an adult. Enjoy!

    • Michelle says:

      Thanks! I LOVED the books as a child, especially the most famous one (Lion, Witch, & Wardrobe), and I’m really interested to see how my reading experience is different this time around. I imagine there are a lot of subtleties I missed years ago!

  3. Wonderful list! I am also taking part in the classics club and we do have quite a few the same. Really pleased to see you’ve included The Chronicles of Narnia have been seriously thinking about re-reading them myself sometime soon.

    • Michelle says:

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy this experience as well 🙂 I’m going to go check out your list now… Looking forward to reading and sharing with you!

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  5. laurengowing says:

    A lot of these books are great. But I’m gonna be honest, a lot of them are tedious and hard to get through! But maybe I just feel that way because I had to read them for credit at school.

    Read my review of Wuthering Heights here (, don’t worry, despite what I say, it’s still worth the read for sure.

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