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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 80 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)

Bronte, Charlotte – The Professor (1857)

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

Christie, Agatha – Partners in Crime [Tommy and Tuppence] (1929)

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 

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:

Oliver Twist (1837)

A Christmas Carol (1843)

Dostoevsky, Fyodor:

Crime and Punishment (1866)

– The Brothers Karamazov (1880)

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

Dumas, Alexandre – The Three Musketeers (1844)

Eliot, George:

– The Lifted Veil (1859)

– The Mill on the Floss (1860)

– Middlemarch (1871)

Fielding, Henry – Tom Jones (1749)

Flaubert, Gustave – Madame Bovary (1856)

Gaskell, Elizabeth:

– Cranford (1853)

– North and South (1854)

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

Hardy, Thomas – Far from the Madding Crowd (1874)

Hugo, Victor:

– The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1831)

– Les Misérables (1862)

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

James, M R – Selected Ghost Stories:

(i) The Mezzotint (1904)

(ii) Number 13 (1904)

(iii) The Tractate Middoth (1911)

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

(v) The Ash Tree

(vi) Casting the Runes

(vii) The Tractate Middoth

(viii) A Warning to the Curious

James, P. D. – Death Comes to Pemberley (2011)

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

Kipling, Rudyard – The Jungle Book (1894)

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)

Sayers, Dorothy L. Strong Poison [Lord Peter Wimsey] (1930)

Sewell, Anna – Black Beauty (1877)

Shelley, Mary – Frankenstein (1818)

Simenon, Georges – The Madman of Bergerac [Commissaire Maigret] (1932)

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr – The Gulag Archipelago (1973) Review

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)

– From the Earth to the Moon (1865)

– Around the Moon (1870) – a moon sequel

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)

Zola, Émile – Germinal (1884)

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: 10 June 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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