The Classics Club

Recently, thanks to bit of buzz in my corner of the blogosphere, I ran across The Classics Club. It's pretty much what it sounds like. A group of people reading (and blogging about) classic books. To join, you must list a minimum of fifty books that you plan to read within a maximum of five years.

The idea appeals to me for several reasons, so I made my list and I'm joining up! A reading challenge sounds like a great way to start the school year, and I've got quite a few classic, un-read paperbacks lying about my room, as well as a large number of classics that I need to knock off of my TBR.

I've decided to read fifty books in two years. (My finishing date will be 8/15/15) Since I typically read 120-150 books each year, I think my goal will be suitably challenging but doable. I'll be returning to this post to mark and link the books I've read. Want to join me? Visit The Classics Club website.

Classics Club List

01.   The Arabian Nights by Anonymous
02.   Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
03.   Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
04.   Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
05.   A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
06.   The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
07.   The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
08.   David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
09.   Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
10.   Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
11.   The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
12.   Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
13.   In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
14.   Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
15.   Kim by Rudyard Kipling
16.   The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
17.   Lord of the Flies by William Golding
18.   The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling
19.   The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
20.   Middlemarch by George Eliot
21.   Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
22.   The Once and Future King by T.H. White
23.   The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
24.   The Professor's House by Willa Cather
25.   The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
26.   The Sea Wolf by Jack London
27.   Silas Marner by George Eliot
28.   Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
29.   Sons by Pearl S. Buck
30.   The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
31.   The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle
32.   The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde  by Robert Louis Stevenson
33.   A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
34.   Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
35.   Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
36.   Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
37.   The Virginian by Owen Wister
38.   Walden by Henry David Thoreau
39.   Watership Down by Richard Adams
40.   The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
41.   Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
42.   1984 by George Orwell

Plays and Shorter Stories
43.   The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
44.   The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
45.   A Midsummer's Night Dream by William Shakespeare
46.   Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare 
47.   The Tempest by William Shakespeare. 

48.   Jane Eyre
49.   Little Women
50.   A Tree Grows in Brooklyn     


  1. Oh wow. That is so cool! But daunting. Incredibly daunting. o.O I'm lucky if I read 1 classic a year. I KNOW I'm really bad (as a bookworm, I should read more), but my brain finds it very difficult to comprehend them. I've read a lot of Charles Dickens (or, as Matilda would say, "Dahls Chickens"). So that counts for something, right? ;) Good luck!

    1. Charles Dickens counts for a lot, in my opinion.

    2. I haven't read any of Charles Dickens, though I've been meaning to for quite sometime. So all my respect goes to you Cait.

  2. The Count of Monte Cristo is soooo good! Welcome to the club!

  3. This sounds so awesome, I'm in.

    1. Awesome! Let me know when you've got a list. I'd love to see it. =)

  4. Great list! You have a handful of titles that are in my TBR pile as well. I'm certainly joining! Thanks for sharing this post Lydia. And btw, you should start reading Wuthering Heights. I highly recommend it. And The Little Prince as well.

  5. great x

  6. Lovely to see new members and to find new blogs to follow.
    The Classics Club is just about to do their spin #4 if you'd like to join in very quickly. It's a great way to tick off a book from your list and meet some like-minded bloggers :-)

    Good luck with CC list.

  7. This is a great list! I gave myself a Classics challenge a while back until I realised that reading fantasy was more important, because I hope to go into a career in fantasy. I've read 7, 10, 32, 41, 45, 46 and 47. I tried to read 42 but I really didn't like it. I wish you loads of luck with this challenge, it seems like it'll be fun! -sigh- I do love reading challenges :3