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              (57)
 5. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
 6. (A) Ash Road by Ivan Southall (reread)               (27)

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

14. Carol/The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith      (66)
15. (A) The Catherine Wheel by Elizabeth Harrower     (64)
16. The Chateau by William Maxwell                (38)
17. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (reread)              (44)
18. (A) C.J. Dennis Poems                    (28)
19. (A) Climb A Lonely Hill by Lilith Norman (reread)            (30)
20. The Conquest of Plassans by Emile Zola
21. Corinne, or Italy by Staël
22. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
23. Crossing To Safety by Wallace Stegner            (2)

24. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann 
25. The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E. M. Delafield
26. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
27. Dubliners by James Joyce                (56)

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

31. A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark              (52)
32. Fortune of the Rougons by Émile Zola

33. A Game of Hide and Seek by Elizabeth Taylor
34. Germinal by Émile Zola                          (47)
35. (A) The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson             (41)
36. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (reread)                 (5)
37. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
38. The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck
39. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (reread)              (11)
40. (A) The Great World by David Malouf (reread)               (48)

41. Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion (reread)        (3) 
42. (A) Hills End by Ivan Southall (reread)              (29)
43. How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
44. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

45. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith    (53)
46. Indiana by George Sand

47. Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym              (17)

48. The Ladies of Lyndon by Margaret Kennedy    (61)
49. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens

50. The Magnificent Amberson's by Booth Tarkington     (24)
51. Make Way for the Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (reread)         (10)
52. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
53. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (reread)              (20)
54. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
55. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
56. Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man by Seigfried Sassoon                     (49)
57. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
58. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway             (8)
59. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier            (22)
60. My Ántonia by Willa Cather                     (43) 

61. Nana by Émile Zola          (34)
62. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf
63. Ninety Three by Victor Hugo
64. No Name by Wilkie Collins            (37)
65. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell                     (46)    

66. The Odyssey by Homer (reread)               (19)
67. (Old Man) Pere Goriot by Honre de Balzac
68. (A) On the Beach by Nevil Shute    (58)
69. Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
70. Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene   (65)
71. Out of Africa by Karen Blixen (reread)

72. (A) Pastures of the Blue Crane by H. F. Brinsmead (reread)             (31)
73. Persuasion by Jane Austen (reread)         (1)
74. (A) Picnic At Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay (reread)        (26)
75. Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
76. (A) Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park (reread)             (25)
77. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins
78. (A) Possum Magic by Mem Fox & Julie Vivas              (32)
79. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen             (12)

80. The Reef by Edith Wharton                   (35) 
81. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

82. The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch
83. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett     (60)
84. (A) Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner (reread)          (23)
85. The Silent Spring by Rachel Carson           (40)
86. Simone de Beauvoir: Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter
87. So Big by Edna Ferber     (55)
88.The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
89.Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
90.The Sound of the Mountain by Yasunari Kawabata              (33)
91.The Stones of Venice by John Ruskin
92.The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack                  (7)
93.The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf             (21)
94.Summer by Edith Wharton           (54)
95.Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
96.(A) Swords of Crowns and Rings by Ruth Park     (59)

97.The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte              (51)
98.Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (reread)      (16)
99.Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston      (13)
100.This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
101.To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (reread)           (18)   
102. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle    (62)

103.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!)

104.Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh                         (45)
105.Villette by Charlotte Bronte
106. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf    (63)

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

108.(A) The Watch Tower by Elizabeth Harrower             (42)
109.The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope  
110.The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov

So 110 books = 5 years!
September 2017 here we come, ready or not!

Progress: 66/110


  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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