14 March 2018

Joining the Classics Club

I'm jumping into another book-reading challenge, after discovering the Classics Club. Although I do read novels published in this century, as well as quite a bit of non-fiction, I have always loved reading classic novels, books that have been favorites of readers for generation after generation. So, finding a club of fellow classics enthusiasts was a thrill!

My list has 90+ books so far, but I will be updating it now and then, as I find other intriguing titles, or give up on some. The publication dates range from 1024 (!) to 1979, so I'll have quite a good range of styles and types to dive into. I don't have any strict criteria for what is a classic novel, but they tend to be more than 50 years old and I am trying to read a lot of the big prize winners, e.g. the Man Booker Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Women's Prize/Orange Prize. Reviews will be linked to the titles below as I post them.

Classics Club: On your blog, post a list of 50 or more classics that you agree to read within 5 years. Write about each one, post it on your blog, and link that post to your list.

My Start Date: 1 March 2018
My Finishing Goal: 1 March 2023

My List

The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton (1920)
Arrowsmith, Sinclair Lewis (1925)
At Swim-two-birds, Flann O'Brien (1939)
The Autobiographiy of Alice B Toklas, Gertrude Stein (1933)

A Bend in the River, VS Naipaul (1979)
Bill the Conqueror, P. G. Wodehouse (1924)
Billy Budd and other Tales, Herman Melville (~1891)
The Blue Castle, Lucy Maud Montgomery (1926)

Cairo Trilogy, Naguib Mahfouz
    Palace Walk (1956) (Cairo Trilogy, Part 1)
    Palace of Desire (1957) (Cairo Trilogy, Part 2)
    Sugar Street (1957) (Cairo Trilogy, Part 3)
Can You Forgive Her?, Anthony Trollope (1865)
Candide, Voltaire (1759)
The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer (1387-1400)
Celestina, Fernando de Rojas (1499)
Children of the Alley, Naguib Mahfouz (1959)
The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas (1884)

Daisey Miller, Henry James (1879)
The Decameron, Giovanni Boccaccio (1353) [trans. J. G. Nichols]
Dead Souls, Nikolai Gogol (1842)
Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes (1605 and 1615)
Dubliners, James Joyce (1914)

Elizabeth Gaskell, May Barton (1848)
Emma, Jane Austen (1815)
Enemies, A Love Story, Isaac Bashevis Singer (1966)
Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton (1911)
Eugénie Grandet, Honoré de Balzac (1833)
Every Frenchman Has One, Olivia de Havilland (1961)
Excellent Women, Barbara Pym (1952)

The Flowering Thorn, Margery Sharp (1933)
Four Gardens, Margery Sharp (1935)

Giants in the Earth, O. E. Rölvaag, (1925)
Giles Goat Boy, John Barth (1966)
The Glimpses of the Moon, Edith Wharton (1922)
The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing (1962)
The Good Soldier, Ford Madox Ford (1915)
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens (1861)

Howards End, E. M. Forster (1910)
Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain (1884)

If on a Winter's Night a Traveller, Italo Calvino (1979)
Independent People, Halldór Laxness (1935)
The Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain (1869)

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë (1847)
A Journal of the Plague Year, Daniel Defoe (1722)

Lazarillo de Tormes, anonymous (1554)
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, Laurence Sterne (1759)
The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint Exupéry (1943)
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott (1869)
Loitering with Intent, Muriel Spark (1981)
Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis (1954)

Main Street, Sinclair Lewis (1920)
The Man in the Brown Suit, Agatha Christie (1924)
Marvelous Land of Oz, L. Frank Baum  (1904)
The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov (1940)
The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins (1868)
Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf (1925)

One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez (1967)
Orlando, Virginia Woolf (1928)
Oroonoko, The Rover and Other Works, Aphra Behn (<1689)

A Passage to India, E. M. Forster (1924)
Portrait of a Lady, Henry James (1881)
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (1813)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark (1961)
The Pursuit Of Love, Nancy Mitford (1945)

Quartet in Autumn, Barbara Pym (1977)

The Rainbow, D. H. Lawrence (1915)
Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier (1938)
The Reef, Edith Wharton (1912)
Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe (1719)
The Romance of Tristan & Iseult, Joseph Bédier (1900)
A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf (1929)

Scoop, Evelyn Waugh (1938)
The Setons, O. Douglas (1917)
Silas Marner, George Eliot (1861)
Sons and Lovers, D. H. Lawrence (1913)
The Sound of the Mountain, Yasunari Kawabata (1949)

The Tale of Genji, Murasaki Shikibu (Before 1021)
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens (1859)
Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe (1958)
This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald (1920)
Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K. Jerome (1889)
To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf (1927)
Tom Jones, Henry Fielding (1749)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith (1943)
Typee, Herman Melville (1846)

Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray (1848)
The Vicar of Bullhampton, Anthony Trollope (1870)

Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell (1864)
The Way We Live Now, Anthony Trollope (1875)
The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins (1859)

Zorba the Greek, Nikos Kazantzakis (1946)

Wish me luck!!


  1. Hi Christina! I just want to welcome you to the club! You've picked some excellent titles here -- many I haven't read. I'm excited for you to read Little Women. :)

    1. Thank you Jillian! I'm new at blogging and it's taken me a while to figure out when I have comments. I love the idea of the Classics Club. I think I make more progress when I have some goals.