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The Classics Club / My reading list

The Classics Club

You can read about The Classics Club here. The challenge is to read at least 50 classics within a set period of time – no more than five years – and write about them. [There is a bit more to it than that, so please go to the website if you are interested.]

STOP PRESS  – 10th June 2020

After a long blog hiatus I am back.

I have chosen 65 books and am giving myself 4 years (i.e. until 10 June 2024) to read (or reread) them and write a review. I find the reading bit is the easy part, the reviewing tends to get put off!

Note: A strikethrough on the list here indicates it has been read. If I have reviewed it there will be a link.


The List (with links to reviews as they appear):

Achebe, Chinua – Things Fall Apart (1958) Review

Austen, Jane:

Pride and Prejudice (1813)

 – Emma (1815)

Blackmore, Richard Doddridge – Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor (1869)

Bronte, Anne – The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848)

Hodgson Burnett, Frances – The Secret Garden (1911)

Carroll, Lewis – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)

Chesterton, G K – The Innocence of Father Brown (1911)

Christie, Agatha – Murder on the Orient Express [a Hercule Poirot] (1934) Review

Christie, Agatha – 4.50 from Paddington [a Miss Marple] (1934) Review

Collins, Wilkie – The Woman in White (1859)

Conan Doyle, Arthur:

– The Lost World (1912) Review

– The Poison Belt (1913) Review

– The Land of Mist (1926)

When the World Screamed (1928) Review

The Disintegration Machine (1929) Review 

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892) 

Conrad, Joseph – Heart of Darkness (1899) Review

Cooper, James Fenimore – The Last of the Mohicans (1826)

Defoe, Daniel:

– Robinson Crusoe (1719)

  A Journal of the Plague Year (1722)

Dexter, Colin – The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn [1977] Review

Dickens, Charles:

– Bleak House (1853)

– A Tale of Two Cities (1859)

A Christmas Carol (1843)

Dostoevsky, Fyodor – Crime and Punishment (1866)

Dumas, Alexandre – The Count of Monte Cristo (1844) Review

Dumas, Alexandre – The Three Musketeers (1844)

Eliot, George – Middlemarch (1871)

Flaubert, Gustave – Madame Bovary (1856)

Gaskell, Elizabeth:

– Cranford (1853)

– North and South (1854)

Grahame, Kenneth – The Wind in the Willows (1908)

Hardy, Thomas – Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891)

Hugo, Victor:

– The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1831)

– Les Misérables (1862)

James, M R – Selected Ghost Stories (to be selected)

Kingsley, Charles – The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby (1863)

Kipling, Rudyard – The Jungle Book (1894)

Leroux, Gaston – The Phantom of the Opera (1910)

London, Jack – White Fang (1906)

Montgomery, Lucy Maud – Anne of Green Gables (1908)

Orczy, Baroness – The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905)

Poe, Edgar Allan – The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841)

Rider Haggard, Henry – King Solomon’s Mines (1885)

Sewell, Anna – Black Beauty (1877)

Shelley, Mary – Frankenstein (1818)

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr:

The Gulag Archipelago (1973) Review

– One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962)

Stevenson, Robert Louis – The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) Review

Thackeray, William Makepeace – Vanity Fair (1848)

Tolstoy, Leo:

– War and Peace (1869)

– Anna Karenina (1877)

Trollope, Anthony – The Warden (1855)

Verne, Jules:

– A Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864)

– Around the World in 80 Days (1873)

Waugh, Evelyn – Brideshead Revisited (1945)

White, E.B. – Charlotte’s Web (1952)

Wells, H G:

The Time Machine (1895)

The Island of Dr Moreau (1896)

The Invisible Man (1897)

War of the Worlds (1898)

Wilde, Oscar:

– The Canterville Ghost (1887)

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)

Zola, Émile – Germinal (1884)

                                                                  Last updated: 23 August 2020

6 thoughts on “The Classics Club / My reading list”

  1. Great choices on your list. I believe that Avid Readers Musings is hosting a Germinal readalong very very soon. If I hadn’t just read it last year, I would be joining in too – it’s a great book to discuss as you go along.

    Good luck with your list. Mine exploded so much that I started list 2 before I finished the first – sigh.

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    1. Thank you for commenting :-). I’m looking forward to reading Germinal, my first Zola – the first of many, I hope. I do have a second reading list – and the draft of a third, just not put them up. At present I’m doing plenty of reading, but getting very behind on writing reviews/updates, oops. I shall inspect your blog!

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