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.
  18. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  19. Grapes of Wrath and/or East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  20. Hamlet
  21. Henry VI, Part 1
  22. Henry VI, Part 2
  23. Henry VI, Part 3
    25. Henry VIII
  24. House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  25. Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano
  26. King John
  27. Kristen Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
  28. Macbeth
  29. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  30. Mill on the Floss by George Elliot
  31. O’ Pioneers and/or Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
  32. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  33. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  34. Persian Book of Kings
  35. Richard III
  36. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  37. The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis
  38. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  39. The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
  40. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  41. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
  42. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  43. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
  44. The Scarlet Letter and/or The House with Seven Gables by Nathanial Hawthorne
  45. The Three Musketeers Alexander Dumas
  46. Torrents of Spring by Ernest Hemingway
  47. Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
  48. 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