Classics Club

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Below is my list of 50 classics that I plan to read by October 2017. [That deadline went whooshing by, didn’t it? I now plan on revising my list sometime in 2018. Some of these I’d still like to read and others . . . not so much.]

A hyperlink takes you to my post on the book. For some books that I have not written a post about, I’ve simply added the month & year that I read the book.

  1. Don Quixote, Cervantes, 1605
  2. The Monk, Lewis, 1796
  3. Pride and Prejudice, Austen, 1813 
  4. Ivanhoe, Scott, 1819
  5. The Count of Monte Cristo, Dumas, 1844-5 
  6. Wuthering Heights, Bronte, 1847 [read May 2015]
  7. The House of the Seven Gables, Hawthorne, 1851
  8. The Woman in White, Collins, 1859 
  9. Les Miserables, Hugo, 1862
  10. War and Peace, Tolstoy, 1864
  11. Crime and Punishment, Dostoyevsky, 1866
  12. Anna Karenina, Tolstoy, 1869
  13. Carmilla, Le Fanu, 1872 [read 2017]
  14. The Bostonians, James, 1886
  15. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Twain, 1889  [DNF 2016]
  16. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wilde, 1890 [read July 2015]
  17. The Country of the Pointed Firs, Jewett, 1896
  18. The Land of Little Rain, Austin, 1903
  19. A Room with a View, Forster, 1908
  20. Maurice, Forster, 1914 [read 2018]
  21. The Good Soldier, Ford, 1915
  22. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Joyce, 1916
  23. The Education of Henry Adams, Adams, 1918
  24. Winesburg, Ohio, Anderson, 1919
  25. This Side of Paradise, Fitzgerald, 1920 
  26. Three Soldiers, Dos Passos, 1921
  27. So Big, Ferber, 1924
  28. The Magic Mountain, Mann, 1924
  29. Mrs. Dalloway, Woolf, 1925
  30. Goodbye to All That, Graves, 1929
  31. The Maltese Falcon, Hammet, 1930 [read March 2015]
  32. A Testament of Youth, Brittain, 1933
  33. The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck, 1939 [read 2017]
  34. Goodbye to Berlin, Christopher Isherwood, 1939 
  35. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Smith, 1943
  36. The Diary of a Young Girl, Frank, 1947 [read August 2015]
  37. The Caine Mutiny, Herman Wouk, 1951 [read February 2015]
  38. From Here to Eternity, Jones, 1951
  39. The Price of Salt, Highsmith, 1952 
  40. Lord of the Flies, Golding, 1954
  41. Catch-22, Heller, 1955  [DNF 2016]
  42. Giovanni’s Room, Baldwin, 1956
  43. We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Jackson, 1962 [read April 2014]
  44. Ship of Fools, Porter, 1962
  45. A Moveable Feast, Hemingway, 1964 
  46. Slaughterhouse-Five, Vonnegut, 1968
  47. Deliverance, James Dickey, 1970 
  48. The Killer Angels, Shaara, 1974 
  49. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough, 1977 
  50. The Handmaid’s Tale, Atwood, 1985

Some of my favorite classics:

In no particular order

  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • The Works of Anne Bradstreet
  • Native Son by Richard Wright
  • The Seven Story Mountain by Thomas Merton
  • Litte Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer

10 replies

  1. I love that your list is set up in chronilogical order, much more organized than mine! You have great variety too! -Melissa

  2. Great list! I recently created my own 100 books reading challenge too, comprised both of classics and contemporary books that will likely become classics by the time I finish the list. Many of our selections overlap.

    On Faulkner, I've only read “The Sound and the Fury.” It was a challenging read, but I appreciated his art.

    Good luck with the list!

  3. Thanks, Melissa! I can't help thinking in chrono order and it sometimes gets in the way for me.

  4. Thanks, Becky! It was fun to put it together. I'm much better at compiling lists than actually working through them, so we'll see how it goes. 🙂 Love your list and look forward to reading your reviews!

  5. Hello. I just found your blog. Sorry I couldn't join you in the Cather challenge last year. How about doing an Edna Ferber challenge for 2013? Are you familiar with her? I love her strong female leads and the advocating for rights that she weaves into her stories so deftly that a casual reader may not recognize it exists. I'm new to blogging and don't really understand what all the profile terms mean so I'll sign this anonymously. DD

  6. Hi, DD! Congrats on starting to blog! I've been blogging for about 3 years now and still feel like I'm stumbling around sometimes. It's a fun outlet, though, and I've learned a lot from other bloggers and have been turned on to some great reading. Creating a profile (easy to do it you're on Blogger or Twitter) is a good way for people to be able to link back to you, find your blog, etc. I haven't yet read any Edna Ferber but her novel So Big is on my shelves waiting to be read. Honestly, I don't know much about her at all. I've been reading around in Glenn Clark's 1922 A Manual of the Short Story Art and he uses one of Ferber's stories–“The Gay Old Dog”–as an example of the story of character. I haven't gotten to that section yet, but maybe I'll just skip ahead and read the story. If you're comfortable sharing a link to your blog, I'd love to read it. Thanks so much for visiting and for taking the time to leave a comment!

  7. I've signed up for the Classics CLub as well and am only tackling 50, and I thought that was enough! We have a few in common, of course everyone raves about the Handmaid's Tale so I look forward to reading that one.

  8. Hi Tanya! Thanks for visiting. Happy to hear you signed on for the Classics Club. They're a supportive group and also very active on Twitter. I'm heading over to check out your list. And, yes, the Handmaid's Tale deserves all the praise it gets!

  9. Wow! You have a really great list of authors. The fact you wrote it as a chronological list is amazing too. I hope you are enjoying Wuthering Heights. Forster, Ford and Vonnegut are brilliant but I can't believe you haven't read Anna Karenina yet, it is so good, the film doesn't do it any justice.

  10. I read half of Anna Karenina years ago and then I put it down and never got back to it. Not sure why because I was enjoying. Will re-start that one from the beginning. Thanks for checking out my list.

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