The Classics Club

classicsclub The Classics Club was launched in 2012 with the aim of uniting people who like to read and blog about classic literature. The idea is to make a list of fifty or more classics you want to read within the next five years – modern classics and re-reads can also be included. I finished my first list of 100 books in October 2017 – you can see the complete list, with links to my reviews, further down this page. As I love being part of the Classics Club, I have now started again with a second list (just 50 books this time).

My goal is to finish by 14th November 2022 and I am hoping to read the 50 books listed below.

My second Classics Club list:

Progress: 38/50 books read

1. The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov
2. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
3. The Fortune of the Rougons by Émile Zola
4. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins
5. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins
6. Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
7. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
8. Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliff
9. Random Harvest by James Hilton
10. In a Lonely Place by Dorothy B Hughes
11. La Dame aux Camelias by Alexandre Dumas fils
12. Castle Dor by Daphne du Maurier
13. Don’t Look Now and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier
14. Farewell the Tranquil Mind by RF Delderfield
15. Moonfleet by John Meade Falkner
16. Nightmare in Berlin by Hans Fallada
17. A Pin to See the Peepshow by F Tennyson Jesse
18. Black Narcissus by Rumer Godden
19. Claudius the God by Robert Graves
20. In a Dark Wood Wandering by Hella S Haasse
21. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy
22. A Laodicean by Thomas Hardy
23. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy
24. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy
25. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
26. The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr by ETA Hoffmann
27. The Crowded Street by Winifred Holtby
28. Goodbye Mr Chips by James Hilton
29. Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household
30. Ride the Pink Horse by Dorothy B Hughes
31. The Europeans by Henry James
32. How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
33. That Lady by Kate O’Brien
34. I Will Repay by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
35. The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
36. The Manuscript found in Saragossa by Jan Potocki
37. The Elusive Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
38. Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault
39. Bardelys the Magnificent by Rafael Sabatini
40. St Martin’s Summer by Rafael Sabatini
41. Pied Piper by Nevil Shute
42. The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
43. A Game of Hide and Seek by Elizabeth Taylor
44. Wild Strawberries by Angela Thirkell
45. High Rising by Angela Thirkell
46. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope
47. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
48. The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West
49. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
50. Dubliners by James Joyce


My first Classics Club list:

Progress: 100/100 books read.

My list:

A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott – read November 2012
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – read December 2012
Emma by Jane Austen (re-read) – read August 2012
Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore – read January 2016
Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon – read March 2013
Shirley by Charlotte Bronte – read June 2016
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (re-read) – read December 2015
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (re-read) – read February 2017
A Country Doctor’s Notebook by Mikhail Bulgakov – read May 2015
My Antonia by Willa Cather – read October 2015
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes – finished November 2014
Family Roundabout by Richmal Crompton – read June 2014
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens – read January 2015
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens – read December 2015
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – read November 2013
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky – read April 2017
The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky – read August 2014
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (re-read August-October 2017)
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (re-read) – read March 2013
Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas – read September 2013
The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas – read July 2015
Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas – read August 2016
The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas – read December 2016
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (re-read) – read July 2017
Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier – read February 2017
Mary Anne by Daphne du Maurier – read May 2016
The Glass-Blowers by Daphne du Maurier – read October 2015
Romola by George Eliot – read March 2015
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot – read October 2016
Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald – read February 2014
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert – read April 2014
The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford – read November 2015
A Room with a View by E.M. Forster – read February 2013
Howards End by E.M. Forster – read December 2016
The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles – read October 2015
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell – read August 2016
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell – read July 2014
Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell – read July 2012
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons – read June 2013
The Odd Women by George Gissing – read August 2015
I, Claudius by Robert Graves – read May 2017
The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy – read September 2015
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy – read May 2014
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy – read May 2013
The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy – read November 2016
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway – read October 2012
Lost Horizon by James Hilton – read January 2017
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg – read January 2013
The Odyssey by Homer – read October 2013
The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope – read August 2012
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo – read October 2014
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro – read October 2014
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson – read September 2014
The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow by Jerome K. Jerome – read February 2015
The Princess of Cleves by Madame de Lafayette – read August 2012
A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov – read July 2013
Death in Venice by Thomas Mann – read November 2015
Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe – read June 2015
The Painted Veil by W Somerset Maugham – read March 2013
The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne – read January 2017
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy – read August 2012
Coming Up for Air by George Orwell – read January 2014
Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell – read October 2015
The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell – read February 2016
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak – read February 2013
Excellent Women by Barbara Pym – read April 2017
The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe – read October 2016
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys – read January 2016
Clarissa by Samuel Richardson – read in 2012
Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand – read in June 2015
Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini – read July 2013
Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini – read May 2012
Bellarion by Rafael Sabatini – read January 2015
The Sea-Hawk by Rafael Sabatini – read November 2015
Mauprat by George Sand – read April 2016
The Heart of Midlothian by Sir Walter Scott – read September 2015
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott – read April 2012
Prince of Foxes by Samuel Shellabarger – read July 2016
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – read September 2013
East of Eden by John Steinbeck – read January 2017
The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson – Read November 2015
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson – Read September 2012
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray – read March 2016
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – Finished September 2013
The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa – read July 2017
The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope – Read January 2013
The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope – Read March 2013
Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope – Read March 2014
Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope – Read November 2014
The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope – read April 2015
Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope – read February 2016
Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset – finished June 2016
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne – read May 2016
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells – read January 2016
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde – read June 2015
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf – read January 2016
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham – read February 2017
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham – read October 2013
The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge
The Ladies’ Paradise by Emile Zola – read April 2013

24 thoughts on “The Classics Club

  1. N@ncy says:

    We both are reading Zola on our lists. I was also disappointed with Au Bonheur des Dames ( Ladies Paradise). I’ve read Germinal, that is a powerful book! Also I discoverd Le Rêve ( The Dream) by Zola ( review on blog). Such a sweet book, one could read it on a weekend!

  2. Corinne says:

    If you’re up for a reread of Gone with the Wind, I’m hosting a (casual) group read May 1 through August 1. I saw it listed as a favorite read on Goodreads. We’ve got a few new readers, as well as a few rereaders planning to join in. Just tossing out the offer. 🙂

  3. svetasbooks says:

    Wow, amazing to find someone who read books that are on TBR list as well as some who read them too. Check out my log if you like


    No Alice Munro? We are huge fans of her work!! I know, short stories, but unforgettable ones! I laso count Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham in my top 10.

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