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. Atwood, Margaret: The Handmaid’s Tale
  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. Burnett, Frances Hodgson: A Little Princess*
  10. Burnett, Frances Hodgson: The Secret Garden*
  11. Burney, Frances: Evelina*
  12. Burney, Frances: The Wanderer
  13. Burroughs, Edgar Rice: Tarzan of the Apes*
  14. Chopin, Kate: The Awakening
  15. Collins, Wilkie: The Woman in White
  16. Cooper, James Fenimore: The Red Rover*
  17. Cooper, James Fenimore: The Pilot
  18. Dickens, Charles: Oliver Twist
  19. Dickens, Charles: A Tale of Two Cities
  20. Dostoevsky, Fyodor: The Brothers Karamazov
  21. Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: A Study in Scarlet
  22. Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The Sign of Four
  23. Du Maurier, Daphne: My Cousin Rachel
  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. Shakespeare, William: Henry IV, part 1
  40. Shakespeare, William: Henry IV, part 2
  41. Shakespeare, William: Measure for Measure
  42. Shakespeare, William: Othello
  43. Shelley, Mary: Frankenstein
  44. Stevenson, Robert Louis: The Black Arrow*
  45. Swift, Jonathon: Gulliver’s Travels
  46. Tolstoy, Leo: Anna Karenina
  47. Twain, Mark: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer*
  48. Twain, Mark: The Innocents Abroad
  49. Wells, H.G.: The Invisible Man
  50. Wyss, Johann: The Swiss Family Robinson*

*indicates a re-read

Changes to original list:

Replaced:

  • Anonymous: The Arabian Nights
  • Burke, Edmund: Reflections on the Revolution in France
  • Cooper, James Fenimore: The Water-Witch
  • Dickens, Charles: Bleak House
  • Dickens, Charles: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
  • Dumas, Alexandre: The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Eliot, George: Adam Bede
  • Gaskell, Elizabeth: Wives and Daughters
  • Poe, Edgar Allen: Collected Stories and Poems
  • Rousseau, Jean-Jaques: Emile
  • Scott, Sir Walter: Waverly

With:

  • Atwood, Margaret: The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Chopin, Kate: The Awakening
  • Collins, Wilkie: The Woman in White
  • Cooper, James Fenimore: The Pilot
  • Dickens, Charles: A Tale of Two Cities
  • Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: A Study in Scarlet
  • Du Maurier, Daphne: My Cousin Rachel
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott: This Side of Paradise
  • Gaskell, Elizabeth: Cranford
  • Sabatini, Raphael: Captain Blood
  • Twain, Mark: The Innocents Abroad
  • Wyss, Johann: The Swiss Family Robinson

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