Another challenge: 50 classics to read by 2023

So today, while searching for more book bloggers to follow, primarily ones who focus on classics, I stumbled upon the Classics Club. After reading what they were about, I was intrigued and decided to give it a go. (Like I need yet another challenge).

So what is it about? In short:

The Classics Club is a club created to inspire people to read and blog about classic books. There’s no time limit to join and you’re most welcome, as long as you’re willing to sign up to read and write on your blog about 50+ classic books in at most five years.  To learn more, visit them here.

Since I am already part of the Modern Library Top 100 Book Club, a local book club in Albany NY reading the books off the Modern Library’s Top 100 list, I figured that this “challenge” would keep me motivated to read those books while looking at others. So this list is a combination of future book club reads and books that I have piled on a whole bookshelf in my house. Most of them, I have never read, but there may be one or two I read so long ago or never finished that I decided to give it another go.

So here is the list I plan to read by July 2023:

  1. The Golden Bowl, Henry James
  2. The Old Wives Tale, Arnold Bennett
  3. The Rainbow, D.H. Lawrence
  4. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder
  5. Madam Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
  6. Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak
  7. The Jungle Books, Rudyard Kipling
  8. Light in August, William Faulkner
  9. A Room with a View, E.M. Forster
  10. Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
  11. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
  12. Nightwood, Djuna Barnes
  13. My Antonia, Willa Cather
  14. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  15. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  16. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
  17. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
  18. An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser
  19. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  20. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
  21. Nicholas Nickleby, Charles Dickens
  22. Watership Down, Richard Adams
  23. The Jungle, Upton Sinclair
  24. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
  25. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
  26. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
  27. The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
  28. White Fang, Jack London
  29. The Call of the Wild, Jack London
  30. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
  31. Parade’s End, Ford Madox Ford
  32. Appointment in Samarra, John O’Hara
  33. The Death of the Heart, Elizabeth Bowen
  34. Finnegan’s Wake, James Joyce
  35. Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry
  36. The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer
  37. From Here to Eternity, James Jones
  38. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark
  39. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
  40. Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys
  41. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
  42. The 42nd Parallel, (USA trilogy #1) , John Dos Passos
  43. Young Lonigan (The Studs Lonigan Trilogy #1), James T. Farrell
  44. A Question of Upbringing (A Dance to the Music  of Time #1), Anthony Powell
  45. Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood
  46. Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
  47. Shirley, Charlotte Bronte
  48. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
  49. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  50. Crime and Punishment, Fyoder Dostoevsky

8 thoughts on “Another challenge: 50 classics to read by 2023

  1. some seriously good books await you like The Good Earth and My Antonia. You have a mix of genres too which will help keep you motivated. When I did my list initially I think I forgot that reading was meant to be fun so had some books which were a bit too challenging to read at the end of a long day

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    • Thanks! I have been wanting to read The Good Earth forever and keep finding an excuse not to. The only ones I am hesitating on are Charles Dickens, which might be a little challenging only in that they are so long. However, I loved Oliver Twist so I figured now was as good a time to tackle his other works.


    • Thanks! I have had Nightwood on my shelf for years (I think since college) but never read it. The same with Cather. I read Faulkner back in high school but don’t remember much. I just read Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and loved it so I figured it I would reread his other work.


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