The Classics Club, Redux(ish)

In September of 2012, a younger, more optimistic me joined the Classic Club, hoping to motivate myself to read 50 classics over five years (ending September 2017).

It's well past September 2017, and suffice it to say, I did not read 50 classics. I did read 24, though, so rather than calling this a bust, I'm readjusting my goals, and planning to read the remaining 26 over the next five years.

Here's what I've read so far:

  1. Emma by Jane Austen
  2. A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 
  4. Middlemarch by George Eliot 
  5. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  6. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  7. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood 
  8. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald 
  9. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith 
  10. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell 
  11. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury 
  12. The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway* 
  13. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  14. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway* 
  15. Don't Stop the Carnival by Herman Wouk
  16. Diamond as Big as the Ritz by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  17. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  18. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  19. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  20. Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  21. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  22. Wise Blood, by Flannery O'Connor
  23. The Moons of Jupiter by Alice Munro
  24. Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov

And here's the list I'll be pulling from for the next five years:

  1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 
  2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  3. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  4. The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
  5. Odessa Stories by Isaac Babel
  6. Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin 
  7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 
  8. The Master and the Margarita by Michael Bulgakov 
  9. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess 
  10. Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote 
  11. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carre 
  12. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre
  13. Collected Stories by Anton Chekhov
  14. Woman in White by Wilkie Collins 
  15. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 
  16. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  17. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas 
  18. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner 
  19. Light in August by William Faulkner 
  20. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner 
  21. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 
  22. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald 
  23. Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert 
  24. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell 
  25. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman 
  26. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein 
  27. Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway 
  28. The Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway
  29. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  30. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo 
  31. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving 
  32. Dubliners by James Joyce 
  33. Lady Chatterly's Lover by D.H. Lawrence 
  34. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann 
  35. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
  36. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
  37. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassant 
  38. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier 
  39. Lolita by Vladimir Nobokov 
  40. At Swim Two Birds by Flann O'Brien 
  41. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien 
  42. Collected Short Stories by Flannery O'Connor
  43. 1984 by George Orwell 
  44. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker 
  45. The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allen Poe 
  46. Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe 
  47. Pedro Parama by Juan Rulfo
  48. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark 
  49. The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead
  50. East of Eden by John Steinbeck 
  51. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 
  52. Robinson Crusoe by Robert Louis Stevenson 
  53. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson 
  54. Dracula by Bram Stoker 
  55. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien 
  56. The Warden by Anthony Trollope 
  57. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 
  58. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh 
  59. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells 
  60. Birds Fall Down by Rebecca West
  61. House of Mirth by Edith Wharton 
  62. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman 
  63. A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf

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