Classics Club

This club requires members to make out a list of at least 50 classic titles they intend to read and blog about within the next five years. So, here is my list, and my commitment to read these books before August 2024.

Anonymous Beowulf read 5 November 2021
Austen, Jane
Bird, Isabella
Northanger Abbey read 5 April 2020
The Englishwoman in America read 30 April 2021
Blackmore, RD Lorna Doone 
Bradbury, Ray Fahrenheit 451
Bronte, Anne Agnes Grey
Bronte, Anne The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Bronte, Charlotte The Professor
Bronte, Charlotte Shirley
Buchan, John
Buck, Pearl S
Burns, Robert
The Thirty-nine Stepsread 27 February 2022
Pavilion of Womenread 10 October 2020
The Poetical Works of Robert Burns
Cao, Xueqin The Story of the Stone V2 – The Crab-Flower Club
Cao, Xueqin The Story of the Stone V3 – The Warning Voice
Cao, Xueqin & Gao E The Story of the Stone V4 – The Debt of Tears
Cao, Xueqin & Gao E The Story of the Stone V5 – The Dreamer Wakes
Cather, Willa
O Pioneers read 10 October 2021
Don Quixote
Chauvel, Charles & Elsa
Cooper, Fenimore
Dawood, NJ (Trans.)
Walkabout read 19 July 2020
The Last of the Mohicans
Tales from the Thousand and One Nights read 29 December 2019
Defoe, Daniel Robinson Crusoe read 7 August 2021
Defoe, Daniel
Di Lampedusa, Tomasi
Dickens, Charles
Moll Flanders read 10 March 2021
The Leopard
Martin Chuzzlewit
Dickens, Charles Our Mutual Friend read 30 May 2020
Dickens, Charles Barnaby Rudge
Dumas, Alexandre The Three Musketeers
Dumas, Alexandre The Count of Monte Cristo
Du Maurier, Daphne
Du Maurier
Eliot, George
Rebeccaread 4 October 2020
The Birds and Other Stories
The Mill on the Flossread 12 August 2019
Eliot, George Daniel Deronda
Eliot, George Adam Bede
Fielding, Henry
Forester, CS
Forster, EM
The History of Tom Jones: A Foundling read 21 June 2021
The Good Shepherd read 7 December 2019
A Passage to India
Fortescue, Winifred Mountain Madness
Gaskell, Elizabeth North & South
Gaskell, Elizabeth Mary Barton
Gorky, Maxim My Apprenticeship
Graves, Robert I, Claudius
Graves, Robert Claudius the God
Greene, Graham The Quiet American
Harrower, Elizabeth
Hardy, Thomas
The Watch Tower
The Trumpet-Major read 12 December 2021
The Iliad
Hugo, Victor Notre-Dame of Paris read 12 November 2021
Idriess, Ion L
Idriess, Ion L
James, Henry
The Yellow Joss & Other Talesread 15 January 2021
Man Tracksread 30 January 2022
The Portrait of a Lady
Kingsley, Charles Hereward the Wake
Kipling, Rudyard
Langley, Eve
Lawrence, TE
The Best Short Storiesread 2 October 2019
The Pea-Pickers
Seven Pillars of Wisdom
London, Jack Best Short Storiesread 26 December 2019
Luo, Guanzhong Three Kingdoms Vols 1,2,3
Mahfouz, Naguib
Marcus Aurelius
Maugham, W Somerset
Niland, D’Arcy
Sugar Street
Meditationsread 11 January 2021
Of Human Bondage read 6 December 2021
The Shiraleeread 29 October 2019
Pasternak, Boris
Prichard, Katharine Susannah
Prichard, Katharine Susannah
Dr Zhivagoread 26 September 2020
Intimate Strangers
Pym, Barbara Jane and Prudence read 20 November 2020
Scott, Walter Old Mortality
Shikibu, Murasaki  The Tale of Genji
Shute, Nevil
Stead, Christina
Stevenson, RL
Beyond the Black Stumpread 21 February 2021
The Man Who Loved Childrenread 21 January 2021
The Stories of Robert Louis Stevenson
Stoker, Bram Dracula
Stow, Randolph
Swift, Jonathan
The Merry-Go-Round in the Searead 5 December 2020
Gulliver’s Travels read 18 August 2019
Tennant, Kylie
Tolstoy, Leo
Tiburon read 11 July 2020
The Death of Ivan Ilyich & Other Stories (Vintage)
Tolstoy, Leo Childhood, Boyhood, Youth
Tolstoy, Leo
Trollope, Anthony
Trollope, Anthony
Turgenev, Ivan
War and Peace read 29 September 2020
Miss Mackenzie
The Warden
Fathers and Sons
Verne, Jules
Wyss, Johann David
Around the World in Eighty Daysread 9 January 2021
The Swiss Family Robinson

15 thoughts on “Classics Club”

  1. Hi Sue! Just wanted to welcome you to the club. I saw you mentioned in their announcement this morning (at their website.)

    The only book I’ve read in full from your list is Agnes Grey. But I loved it!


    1. Thanks Jillian – now I am finding myself reading too many blogs when I should be reading books! Your name doesn’t appear to be on the Classics Club Member list – have you completed your list?

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      1. I founded the club at my blog in March 2012, but I was in college at the time & couldn’t keep up with the exponential growth of the club, so several friends & I moved it to the new site. They took over the moderation while I faded into homework & lit papers. 🙂 I’ve read 193 classics since 2010 when I started blogging. I’ve stopped blogging for now, however, because I want to prioritize writing my own novel. 🙂 My favorite classics are Little Women, Sense & Sensibility, Gone with the Wind, and Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth, which I recommend to everyone who will stop long enough to allow me to shake them by the shoulders. My favorite by Dickens is David Copperfield, my favorite by Shakespeare The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado about Nothing, and Henry V, my favorite by Hemingway is A Farewell to Arms, and my favorite classics I didn’t expect to love is The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. If you’re on Goodreads I’m there. 🙂


      2. By the way, I’m not sure what I was thinking, but I’ve also read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall from your list, & The Portrait of a Lady, the latter of which I LOVE. (Tenant is also good, but I personally respond to the ending of Portrait & therefore find it FABULOUS.) I linked my goodreads to my name on this comment, so you can find me there if you have an account. Cheers!!


  2. Welcome to the club! Great list – it always makes me happy to see Dickens put in an appearance, and Robert Louis Stevenson is one of my favourites too. Enjoy your reading!


  3. Thanks – Dickens has been a favourite since I saw the musical ‘Oliver’ at the age of 12, and Dad told me there was a book of the story. It was my transition to adult novels and I have loved the classics ever since, though I read a lot more contemporary fiction these days. Your list looks great, but I note the lack of Australian novels – we have many great classics! There are none on my list either, but that’s because I’ve read most of them already – I have no rereads on my list unless I have no memory of the story (hence those Dickens’!)


  4. I’ve read a bit of your list, a third maybe. My favourite would be Seven Pillars of Wisdom and coincidentally I re-read The Quiet American last week (and Northanger Abbey every couple of years). Thanks for following me, I feel guilty now I read Lorna Doone without reviewing it.


    1. Ha – thanks – Lorna Doone is on my list because I read and enjoyed it, and then discovered my copy was an abridged version for children! Now have to read the real deal…


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