classic book club

I’ve gone against type and joined a club! The Classic Book Club!

I’m so excited to begin my FIVE YEAR JOURNEY reading through and blogging about 50 classic books! My goal is to read and post about a book each month.

The list below is in no particular order (though while compiling the list I’ve nearly finished War and Peace and can’t wait to write my first response post).

I’ve set my starting date as August 1, 2017 and my end date as September 1, 2022 (I think I actually have 51 books on the list and may want to sneak in a few extras).

The books with links are the ones I’ve finished and written about.

Classics Club Book List

War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

Tom Jones Henry Fielding

Clarissa Samuel Richardson

The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas

Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontรซ

Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray

The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame

A Passage to India EM Forster

A Light in August (or The Hamlet) William Faulkner

The Pursuit of Love Nancy Mitford

The Woman in White Wilkie Collins

Three Men in a Boat Jerome Jerome

Candide Voltaire

Cecilia Fanny Burney

The Life and Opinions Tristam Shandy, Laurence Sterne

The Vicar of Wakefield Oliver Goldsmith

The Nun Diderot

The Prairie James Fennimore cooper

Blithedale Romance Nathaniel Hawthorne

Tess of the D’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy

Black Beauty Anna Sewall

The Perpetual Curate Margaret Oliphant

Lilith George Macdonald

Washington Square Henry James

Silas Marner George Eliot

The Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Ambrose Beirce

Love Stendhal

The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Moll Flanders Daniel Defoe

Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro

The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli

The Sailor who fell from Grace with the Seaย  Yukio Mishima

ย The Misanthrope Moliere

ย Writings on Nature John Muir

Animal Farm George Orwell

Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak

The Story of an African Farm Olive Schreiner

Scarlet and Black Stendhal

The General CS Forester

The Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri

Lord of the Flies William Golding

Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Edward Gibbon

Kim Rudyard Kipling

Flowers of Evil Charles Baudelaire

Night Elie Wiesel

Moonstone Wilkie Collins

Cranford Elizabeth Gaskell (51)

Gone With the Wind Margaret Mitchell (52)

Miss Ravenel’s Conversion from Secession to Loyalty John W. De Forest (53)


My reading companion Elizabeth

Nurses Sketches Louisa May Alcott

Eight Cousins Louisa May Alcott

Rose in Bloom Louisa May Alcott

Little Women Louisa May Alcott

Ancient Greek Plays (I’ll take the time to spell them out later ๐Ÿ™‚ )

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou

Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen

Emma Jane Austen

Giovanni’s Room James Baldwin

Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte

The Stranger Albert Camus

My Antonia Willa Cather

The Awakening Kate Chopin

Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane

Maggie of the Streets Stephen Crane

Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Middlemarch George Eliot

Mill on the Floss George Eliot

The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Nick Adams Stories Ernest Hemingway

The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway

For Whom The Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway

Turn of the Screw Henry James

The Portrait of a Lady Henry James

Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man James Joyce

Metamorphosis Franz Kafka

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee

Moby Dick Herman Melville

The Anne of Green Gables Series L.M. Montgomery

Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller

Utopia Thomas More

The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison

Beloved Toni Morrison

Song of Solomon Toni Morrison

Sula Toni Morrison

Plays of Sean O’Casey

1984 George Orwell

Strumpet City James Plunkett

The Fountainhead Ayn Rand

All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque

Othello William Shakespeare

Macbeth William Shakespeare

Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

King Lear William Shakespeare

Hamlet William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Summer Night’s Dream William Shakespeare

Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

Cannery Row John Steinbeck

The Red Pony John Steinbeck

Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo

Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain

Tom Sawyer Mark Twain

Life on the Mississippi Mark Twain

The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien

The House of Mirth Edith Wharton

The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde

The Little House Series Laura Ingalls Wilder

Our Town Thornton Wilder

A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams






15 Comments Add yours

  1. belocchio says:

    A magnificent list. Oh joy! Many decades ago I found a list of the 100 books you should read, and it took me down deliciously unknown roads, and introduced me unforgettable characters. I see many of my old friends on your book list. Have you read E.F. Benson? He is best know for his series of 1920 novels featuring Lucia and Mapp, and his cutting edge books describing the morays of society in the early 20th century. Cheers Virginia


    1. Yes, it’s been fun so far and already taking me places I wasn’t planning on going. i love getting new recommendations and tacking more books to the list of fifty. I will check out Benson though I’m usually more drawn to 19th century stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks, Virginia!


  2. Jillian says:

    What a beautiful blog & a lovely list. I love finding new members of The Classics Club. Did you just join? Enjoy these! ๐Ÿ˜€


    1. Thank you, Jillian! I joined late last year. I’ve been loving it so far but want to spend more time following other Classics Club members now that I’ve finished a big writing project. How long have you been a member and what’s your all-time favorite classic book??

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      1. Jillian says:

        I actually founded the club, so I’ve been a member since I thought it up — March 2012. ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite classic is DEFINITELY Gone with the Wind. You? ๐Ÿ™‚


      2. Oh my!!!! I bow before the creator! What a GREAT idea. Thank you!

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      3. Jillian says:

        You’re welcome! Hardly anyone blogged classics back then. Now it’s an explosion, which is awesome to see. ๐Ÿ˜€


      4. I dutifully read modern fiction for a while but I think that I belong in late 19th century America.

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      5. Jillian says:

        SO DO I!!!!


      6. Favorite classics are War and Peace, Middlemarch, The Little House books and Anne of Green Gables. We actually named our farm Middlemay Farm because my husband knew I liked Middlemarch and we were married in May. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      7. Jillian says:

        I adore the Little House books! And my personality is (according to my mother, who is my Marilla) EXACTLY like Anne Shirley. It’s one of my favorite books as well. I have a strong feeling Middlemarch will prove a favorite when I read it. ๐Ÿ™‚


      8. My best friend is definitely Diana Barry to my Anne Shirley but we weren’t as perfect. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        So glad to meet you. Gotta go feed some sheep…

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      9. Jillian says:

        My best friend is Elinor Dashwood. (Okay, bye!) ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Jane says:

    This is a great list – Good Luck! We’ve got some in common too.


    1. Hi Jane! Can’t wait to dig into more books soon! I hope summer allows some time for tons of bookish pleasures for you.


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