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.
8/1/2020 Update: I’ve decided that I am switching out some. I do think many authors need to be tried, but I don’t think that I need to read all the man novels. I’m switching out authors I’ve read and am done with (Hemingway) and removing more than one novel from authors I have not read and think I may not like and any book with a question mark. I’m replacing with books from my substitute list.
Classics Club List
1. An Anton Chekhov novel
2. The Wimsey Papers by Dorothy Sayers
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
A Thomas Hardy novel. I got halfway though Far from the Madding Crowd. Hardy is not for me. At. All.
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
Coriolanus Finished in June, still need to review
13. Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
15. Dracula by Bram Stoker
16. The Federalist and The Anti-Federalist Papers
17. Irish Faerie Tales by William Butler Yeats
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 and/or Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
Hamlet finished 5/30/2020. Review.
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
31. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot Finished 5/20/2021 Review.
33. O’ Pioneers and/or Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
34. 20 Thousand Leagues Under the Sea or another novel by Jules Verne
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
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins I read The Woman in White which definitely decided me on NOT reading any more 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. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
49. Walden by Henry Thoreau
50. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
• 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
• 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
• Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson