The Classics Club (In Which I Make Another Commitment)

Guys, I am commitment overloading. I am participating in this year's Back to the Classics Challenge (and doing fairly well, if I do say so myself!), and I am reading Anna Karenina along with a long-distance friend (she's reading it in the month leading up to her wedding so I really can't complain about being "too busy" to get through it), and I am joining a few other readalongs this fall (A Casual Vacancy, I'm looking at you).

But The Classics Club has recently started to pop up on several blogs I follow, and I want to give it a shot. Especially because it is a five-year challenge, and five years feels like FOREVERYEARS so I figure I have time to sort this all out.

The rules are simple: Read 50 classics in the next 5 years. I am listing more than 50 below to give myself some CHOICES (I'm all about choices), but my goal is to read 50 of these books by September 2017.

  1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  2. Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  3. Emma by Jane Austen
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  5. The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
  6. Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  8. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  9. The Master and the Margarita by Michael Bulgakov
  10. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  11. Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
  12. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  13. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carre
  14. Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  15. A Tale of Two Cites by Charles Dickens
  16. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  17. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens
  18. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  19. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  20. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  21. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  22. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
  23. Light in August by William Faulkner
  24. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  25. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  26. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  27. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  28. Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert
  29. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
  30. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
  31. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  32. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
  33. Across the River and Into the Trees by Ernest Hemingway*
  34. The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway*
  35. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway*
  36. Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway*
  37. The Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway*
  38. The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway by... Ernest Hemingway*
  39. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway*
  40. The Torrents of Spring by Ernest Hemingway*
  41. True at First Light by Ernest Hemingway*
  42. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  43. Dubliners by James Joyce
  44. Lady Chatterly's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  45. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
  46. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  47. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  48. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassant
  49. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  50. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  51. Lolita by Vladimir Nobokov
  52. At Swim Two Birds by Flann O'Brien
  53. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
  54. 1984 by George Orwell
  55. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
  56. The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allen Poe
  57. Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe
  58. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
  59. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  60. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
  61. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  62. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  63. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  64. Robinson Crusoe by Robert Louis Stevenson
  65. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  66. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  67. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  68. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy*
  69. The Warden by Anthony Trollope
  70. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  71. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  72. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  73. House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  74. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  75. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
*Also helps me get closer to my 26 by 26 list.


  1. that's a daunting task, but I'm glad you allowed for yourself a few extra choices!

    1. I figure I have 5 years to do it... that's only ten books a year when you think about it!

  2. Welcome to the Classics Club! I love your choices, and that you gave yourself some "wiggle room". Good Luck and Have Fun!

    1. Thanks! I'm really looking forward to it... now I just have to be diligent about getting to my classics. The plus side is that I already own at least half of these. For shame.

  3. An awesome list, maybe I need to do that (on my own)lol

    1. You have 5 years to complete it - it's totally doable!

  4. So glad you joined the fun! I'm really enjoying being part of the classics club team and it's so awesome to see how many people have joined!!!

    1. I'm excited too - and a bit nervous! But I figure five years means 10 books/year... I can do this.


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