The Classics Club

As part of my ongoing goal to read more classics, I've signed up to participate in The Classics Club. I'm aiming to read 50 of the following classics by September 2017 (5 years from my start date of September 2012). Those starred below are also part of my 26 by 26 list.

Titles completed by original September 2017 deadline:
  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
Titles completed after September 2017:
  1. Dubliners, by James Joyce
  2. The Birds Fall Down, by Rebecca West (currently reading)

Titles to choose from:
(Original list included 75 titles, of which I planned to choose 50. I've adjust the list as I go, mostly adding to the original list when I find myself picking up a classic I hadn't originally included in the 75. This is the running list of the original titles as-yet unread, as well as a few newbies I've added as they've come to my attention.

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


  1. Gone with the Wind!! Also, well, I'll list the numbers: 1, 11, 22, 58, 59, 60. And also Gone with the Wind. That one is a MASTERPIECE. :)

  2. Would love to see you read Little Women and hear your thoughts about it!


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