Classics Club List

The Classics Club came into being March 2012.

Allie, Adam, Sarah, Melissa, Heather and Jillian have teamed up to create and maintain this incredible site which they have dubbed "a community of classics lovers".

I am in awe of their initiative, enthusiasm and dedication!

To join their club, simply commit to reading 50+ classic titles in the next 5 years!!

Easy, huh?

I love reading. I love reading classics. I love blogging. I love making lists.

But putting this list together has been harder than I thought. What to put in, what to leave out? Just one book per author or do I allow myself multiples? Should all the books on the list be new to me or can I re-read some favourites? Can I classify non-fiction, picture books and biography as classic? What is my definition of classic? modern classic? children's classic? Is an award winning book automatically a classic?

I got myself so tangled in semantics, that my fingers were unable to find their way to the keyboard!

For now, the above questions will remain unanswered.
For now, here is my list.
I reserve the right to add, subtract and change my mind as I untangle the above.

 1. Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner 
 2. An Academic Question  by Barbara Pym          (15)
 3. Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington 
 4. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner              (27)
 5. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis               

 6. The Beautiful and Damned by F Scott Fitzgerald        (9)
 7. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
 8. Beloved by Toni Morrison
 9. The Berlin Novels by Christopher Isherwood
10. Bleak House by Charles Dickens                  (6)
11. The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (reread)               (36)
12. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder             (4)

13. Carol/The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith      (41)
14. (A) The Catherine Wheel by Elizabeth Harrower     (30)
15. The Chateau by William Maxwell                (38)
16. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (reread)              (44)
17. (A) C.J. Dennis Poems                    (28)
18. The Conquest of Plassans by Emile Zola
19. Corinne, or Italy by Staël
20. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
21. Crossing To Safety by Wallace Stegner            (2)

22. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann 
23. The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E. M. Delafield           (54)
24. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
25. Dubliners by James Joyce                (5)

26. Emma by Jane Austen (reread)                   (50)
27. Eugénie Grandet by Honore de Balzac                 (39)
28. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym                 (14)

29. A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark              (52)
30. Fortune of the Rougons by Émile Zola               (53)

31. A Game of Hide and Seek by Elizabeth Taylor
32. Germinal by Émile Zola                          (47)                  
33. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
34. The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck
35. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (reread)              (11)
36. (A) The Great World by David Malouf (reread)               (48)
37. How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
38. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
39. Indiana by George Sand

40. Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym              (17)

41. The Kill (La Curee) by Emile Zola    (55)

42. The Ladies of Lyndon by Margaret Kennedy    (3)
43. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

44. The Magnificent Amberson's by Booth Tarkington     (24)        
45. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
46. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (reread)              (20)
47. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
48. Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man by Seigfried Sassoon                     (49)
49. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
50. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway             (8)
51. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier            (22)
52. My Ántonia by Willa Cather                     (43) 

53. Nana by Émile Zola          (34)
54. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf
55. Ninety Three by Victor Hugo
56. No Name by Wilkie Collins            (37)
57. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell                     (46)    

58. The Odyssey by Homer (reread)               (19)
59. (Old Man) Pere Goriot by Honre de Balzac
60. (A) On the Beach by Nevil Shute    (10)
61. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
62. Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene   (29)
63. Out of Africa by Karen Blixen      (31)
64. Persuasion by Jane Austen (reread)         (1)
65. (A) Picnic At Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay (reread)        (26)
67. Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde           
68. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins           
69. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen             (12)

70. The Reef by Edith Wharton                   (35) 
71. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

72. The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch         
73. The Silent Spring by Rachel Carson           (40)
74. Simone de Beauvoir: Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter
75. So Big by Edna Ferber     (25)
76. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
77. Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
78. The Sound of the Mountain by Yasunari Kawabata              (33)
79. The Stones of Venice by John Ruskin            
80. Summer by Edith Wharton           (7)
81. Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
82. (A) Swords of Crowns and Rings by Ruth Park     (32)

83.The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte              (51)
84.Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (reread)      (16)
85.Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston      (13)
86.This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
87.To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (reread)           (18)   
88. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle    (23)

89.Ulysses by James Joyce (yeah, I know, I'll never read this one, but it's been sitting on my bookshelf for years and I live in hope!)

90.Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh                         (45)
91.Villette by Charlotte Bronte
92. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf    (21)

93.War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

94.(A) The Watch Tower by Elizabeth Harrower             (42)
95.The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope  

So 95 books = 5 years!
September 2017 here we come, ready or not!

Progress: 55/95


  1. The Master and Margarita is on my list as well. I've heard interesting things about that one.

  2. Interesting list. I am also taking part in the club. Look forward to your thoughts, good luck!

  3. Great list - I have many of the same titles on mine. Enjoy your reading!

  4. Your list has some unusual stuff on it, it's great :-) Walden is also on my list and I'm excited to read it, mostly because my copy is really pretty (not that I judge books by their covers or anything...). And I Capture the Castle was one of my favourites as a teenager so I hope you enjoy it!

  5. Please - let me lend you my copy of Walden so I no longer have to see it on the shelf and feel mocked for not being able to finish it!!!

  6. This is a great list!! Just wanted to stop in and welcome you to the club, Brona! I'm excited by your enthusiasm. :-)

  7. Glad to find a fellow clubber! I really need to recommit to my list in the new year -- I'm a year in and not doing so great :/ Glad I have 5 years to read all these wonderful books!

  8. Hey Brona! I wasn't sure where to message you, but since this is a classic book note, I thought here might work. :) I just wanted to let you know I made a button for the group read of Gone with the Wind. It's in yesterday's post at my place, near the bottom -- the one you commented in to say you're interested in joining. Just to let you know, as and if you need one! I hadn't taken care of that yet when I posted because I was SO EXCITED! :) I'm really glad you're joining!

  9. Hi Brona. I didn't know where else to put this on your blog. I’ve nominated you and your blog for the Premio Dardos Award:


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