Classics Club

I’ve decided to pursue another Classics Club list. But with significant differences. I had a crazy long list the last time, and I didn’t account for possible DNFs or books simply not matching my mood/interest at the time. This isn’t school (and I certainly didn’t take the “you must read” instructions in college literally).

I’m going to have 50 books for 5 years (that is 10 a year, surely I can’t feel too boxed in with 10 “required” reads a year), and I’m going to post a swap-out list that I can pick from if I dislike/don’t feel any books on the list. I looked over books listed on The Classics Club website for ideas and added ones that I thought I could read plus any not on the list I’ve been meaning to read. I feel like I’m better able to make book choices for me at 28 rather than 22 anyway . . . obviously.

Some of the unread books from my first (much edited) list I am including on this list. I’m aiming to read these from mid September 2018 to mid September 2023.

Classics Club List

  1. An Anton Chekhov novel
  2. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  3. A Good Man is Hard to Find or other Flannery O’Connor novel
  4. A Portrait of A Lady and/or Turning of the Screw by Henry James
  5. A Thomas Hardy novel
  6. A Toni Morrison novel
  7. Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  8. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  9. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  10. Beowulf (Tolkien’s translation)
  11. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  12. Coriolanus
  13. Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
  14. Cymbelline
  15. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  16. The Federalist and The Anti-Federalist Papers
  17. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  18. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley         Finished 10/29/2018. Review.
  19. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  20. Grapes of Wrath and/or East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  21. Hamlet
  22. Henry VI, Part 1
  23. Henry VI, Part 2
  24. Henry VI, Part 3
  25. Henry VIII
  26. House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  27. Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano
  28. King John
  29. Kristen Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
  30. Macbeth
  31. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  32. Mill on the Floss by George Elliot
  33. O’ Pioneers and/or Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
  34. On the Road by Jack Kerouac?
  35. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  36. Persian Book of Kings
  37. Richard III
  38. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  39. The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis
  40. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  41. The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
  42. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  43. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
  44. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  45. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
  46. The Scarlet Letter and/or The House with Seven Gables by Nathanial Hawthorne
  47. The Three Musketeers Alexander Dumas
  48. Torrents of Spring by Ernest Hemingway
  49. Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
  50. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Extra List

20 Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and other novels by Jules Verne
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
• An anthology of American poetry
• An anthology of British poetry
• Another Maria Edgeworth novel
• Another of Sigrid Undset’s works
• Anthony Trollope novels
• Ben Franklin autobiography
• George Eliot’s shorter works
Irish Faerie Tales by William Butler Yeats
Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier
Pamela by Samuel Richardson
The Enchanted Castle and other works by E. Nesbit
The Wimsey Papers by Dorothy Sayers
Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Walden by Henry Thoreau