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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.]

I have chosen 69 books and am giving myself the full 5 years (i.e. until 31st December 2020). Actually, I have a secret plan to complete the list within 3 years of the time of writing (so by 17 April 2019), but don’t tell anyone! Not that it’s a race – I wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t a pleasure.

There are some monsters in there that I’m a bit scared of. Peruse the list and you will soon spot ’em. I plan doing some research in advance before tackling the tricky devils. There are also some pure indulgences and books I read years ago and have long forgotten.

You can also follow my reading progress on the Good Reads website (inc. reading dates for each book).

Note: A strikethrough on the list here indicates it has been read.

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

Achebe, Chinua – Things Fall Apart (1958) Review

Alcott, Louisa May – Little Women (1868)

Austen, Jane:

– Sense and Sensibility (1811)

 – Mansfield Park (1814)

– Persuasion (1817)

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

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

Bronte, Charlotte – The Professor (1857)

Hodgson Burnett, Frances:

– Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886)

 – A Little Princess (1905)

– The Secret Garden (1911)

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

Chesterton, G K:

– The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904)

– The Man Who Was Thursday (1908)

Christie, Agatha – Murder on the Orient Express (1934) Review

Collins, Wilkie:

– The Woman in White (1859)

The Moonstone (1868)

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 

Conrad, Joseph – Heart of Darkness (1899) Review

Dickens, Charles:

– The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (1837)

– Oliver Twist (1837)

– Nicholas Nickleby (1838)

– The Old Curiosity Shop (1841)

– Barnaby Rudge (1841)

– A Christmas Carol (1843)

Dostoevsky, Fyodor:

– Crime and Punishment (1866)

– The Brothers Karamazov (1880)

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

Eliot, George:

– Adam Bede (1859)

– The Mill on the Floss (1860)

– Silas Marner (1861)

– Middlemarch (1871)

Forster, E M:

– Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905)

– Room With A View (1908)

Flaubert, Gustave – Madame Bovary (1856)

Gaskell, Elizabeth:

– Mary Barton (1848)

– Cranford (1853)

– North and South (1854)

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

Hardy, Thomas:

– Under The Greenwood Tree (1872)

– Far from the Madding Crowd (1874)

– The Return of the Native (1878)

Hugo, Victor –The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1831)

James, Henry – The Turn of the Screw (1898)

James, M R – Selected Ghost Stories:

(i) Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book (1904)

(ii) The Mezzotint (1904)

(iii) Number 13 (1904)

(iv) The Tractate Middoth (1911)

(v) Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad‘ (1904) 

(vi) Rats

(vii) The Ash Tree

(viii) Casting the Runes

(ix) The Tractate Middoth

(x) A Warning to the Curious

Jerome, Jerome K – Three Men in a Boat (1889)

Kipling, Rudyard – The Jungle Book (1894)

London, Jack – White Fang (1906)

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

Pyle, Howard – The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, (1883)

Sewell, Anna – Black Beauty (1877)

Shelley, Mary – Frankenstein (1818)

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr – The Gulag Archipelago (1973) Review

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

Thackeray, William Makepeace – Vanity Fair (1848)

Tolstoy, Leo:

– War and Peace (1869)

– Anna Karenina (1877)

Trollope, Anthony:

– The Warden (1855)

– Barchester Towers (1857)

Verne, Jules:

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

– Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870)

– Around the World in 80 Days (1873)

Wells, H G:

– The Time Machine (1895)

The Island of Dr Moreau (1896)

Wilde, Oscar – The Canterville Ghost (1887)

Zola, Émile – Germinal (1884)

That’s 69, if you’re counting. If anyone has any suggestions for wonderful Long Nineteenth Century reads not on this list please let me know. I’ve clocked up some of the more obvious ones – but am very open to suggestions for reads/rereads.

                                                                  Last updated: 12 November 2017


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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