The Classics Club | Revised List

So two years ago, I stumbled upon The Classic Club, a group committed to reading and blogging about 50 classics over the space of 5 years.

The Classics Club was started on March 7, 2012 by a blogger who wanted to see more people posting about classics literature in the blogosphere. Her goal was to, “unite those of us who like to blog about classic literature, as well as to inspire people to make the classics an integral part of life.”

– The Classics Club

At the time I thought it was a great idea to do this because I had joined the Modern Library Top 100 Classic Book Club that was dedicated to reading the Modern Library’s Top 100 list. I figured the Classics Club reading challenge would keep me accountable for book club. What I didn’t know was that half of the books that we were going to read would be absolutely dreadful. Most of them I just couldn’t get through. In fact, most of our book club was fatigued by the end and didn’t even want to finish the list. We did but we have since started a list of books that we thought should have made the list and we are enjoying the reads so much more.

With that being said, I think it’s time to do a complete revamp of my Classics Club list. I have acquired many other classics since I first posted my top 50 when I used book club to fill, so this new list are all the books on my bookshelves that I have yet to read. My goal is to eventually read all the books I own (isn’t it for everyone) so I might as well check off that list as I’m doing this.

Start Date: 11/18/2020
End Date: 11/17/2025

  1. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
  2. Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak
  3. The Jungle Books, Rudyard Kipling
  4. Light in August, William Faulkner
  5. A Room with a View, E.M. Forster
  6. Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
  7. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
  8. Nightwood, Djuna Barnes
  9. My Antonia, Willa Cather
  10. Brave New World, Alduous Huxley
  11. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  12. The East of Eden, John Steinbeck
  13. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
  14. An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser
  15. Middlemarch, George Eliot
  16. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  17. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
  18. Nicholas Nickelby, Charles Dickens
  19. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
  20. Watership Down, Richard Adams
  21. The Jungle, Upton Sinclair
  22. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
  23. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
  24. The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
  25. White Fang, Jack London
  26. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
  27. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
  28. Northanger Abby, Jane Austen
  29. Shirley, Charlotte Bronte
  30. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
  31. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  32. Crime and Punishment, Fyoder Dostevsky
  33. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
  34. The Three Musketeers (The D’Artagnan Romances #1), Alexandre Dumas
  35. Gulliver’s Travels, Johnathan Swift
  36. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
  37. The Awakening, Kate Chopin
  38. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
  39. The House of Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  40. The Arabian Nights, Anonymous
  41. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
  42. Eight Cousins, Louisa May Alcott
  43. Rose in Bloom, Louisa May Alcott
  44. A Modern Mephistopholes, Louisa May Alcott
  45. Under the Lilacs, Louisa May Alcott
  46. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
  47. Mansfield Park, Jane Austen
  48. Lady Susan, Jane Austen
  49. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo
  50. The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton

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