My Classics Club Book List

A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” — Italo Calvino

For my book list for The Classics Club, I’m broadly defining “classic” as a book that has historic and/or literary significance or is a lesser-known book by an author whose other works are widely regarded as Classics. Most of the titles on my list pre-date the 20th century, but not all. My review of and reaction to each book will be linked here as I finish reading them.

Start date: August 18, 2014

Completion date: August 18, 2019

  1. Adams, Richard: Watership Down*
  2. Anonymous: The Arabian Nights
  3. Austen, Jane: Lady Susan
  4. Beagle, Peter S: The Last Unicorn
  5. Blackmore, R.D.: Lorna Doone*
  6. Bradbury, Ray: The Martian Chronicles
  7. Bronte, Anne: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  8. Bronte, Charlotte: Villette
  9. Burke, Edmund: Reflections on the Revolution in France
  10. Burnett, Frances Hodgson: A Little Princess*
  11. Burnett, Frances Hodgson: The Secret Garden*
  12. Burney, Frances: Evelina*
  13. Burney, Frances: The Wanderer
  14. Burroughs, Edgar Rice: Tarzan of the Apes*
  15. Cooper, James Fenimore: The Red Rover*
  16. Cooper, James Fenimore: The Pilot
  17. Dickens, Charles: Oliver Twist
  18. Dickens, Charles: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  19. Dostoevsky, Fyodor: The Brothers Karamazov
  20. Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The Sign of Four
  21. Du Maurier, Daphne: My Cousin Rachel
  22. Dumas, Alexandre: The Count of Monte Cristo
  23. Eliot, George: Adam Bede
  24. Eliot, George: Middlemarch
  25. Fitzgerald, F. Scott: This Side of Paradise
  26. Gaskell, Elizabeth: North and South*
  27. Gaskell, Elizabeth: Cranford
  28. Hardy, Thomas: Far From the Madding Crowd
  29. Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The House of the Seven Gables
  30. Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The Scarlet Letter
  31. Homer: The Iliad
  32. Homer: The Odyssey
  33. Keats, John: Poems
  34. Leroux, Gaston: The Phantom of Opera
  35. Malory, Sir Thomas: Le Morte d’Arthur
  36. Montgomery, L.M.: Emily of New Moon
  37. Radcliffe, Ann: The Mysteries of Udolpho
  38. Sabatini, Raphael: Captain Blood
  39. Scott, Sir Walter: Kenilworth
  40. Shakespeare, William: Henry IV, part 1
  41. Shakespeare, William: Henry IV, part 2
  42. Shakespeare, William: Measure for Measure
  43. Shakespeare, William: Othello
  44. Shelley, Mary: Frankenstein
  45. Stevenson, Robert Louis: The Black Arrow*
  46. Swift, Jonathon: Gulliver’s Travels
  47. Tolstoy, Leo: Anna Karenina
  48. Twain, Mark: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer*
  49. Wells, H.G.: The Invisible Man
  50. Wyss, Johann: The Swiss Family Robinson*

*indicates a re-read

Changes to original list:

Replaced:

  • Cooper, James Fenimore: The Water-Witch
  • Dickens, Charles: Bleak House
  • Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
  • Gaskell, Elizabeth: Wives and Daughters
  • Poe, Edgar Allen: Collected Stories and Poems
  • Rousseau, Jean-Jaques: Emile
  • Scott, Sir Walter: Waverly

With:

  • Cooper, James Fenimore: The Pilot
  • Du Maurier, Daphne: My Cousin Rachel
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott: This Side of Paradise
  • Gaskell, Elizabeth: Cranford
  • Sabatini, Raphael: Captain Blood
  • Scott, Sir Walter: Kenilworth
  • Wyss, Johann: The Swiss Family Robinson

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